Attack of the 110-Yard Monster Sushi Roll

Now that's a wrap, or should we say roll?

About 1,000 people turned out Sunday in Mexico to make a 110-yard-long sushi roll in honor of the 110th anniversary of the first Japanese immigration to Mexico, the Mainichi Daily News reports.

The participants — many of Japanese descent — worked together to make an "Azteca" roll using cactus, fish cake and rice.

"The rolled sushi, a mixture of Japanese and Mexican food, symbolizes the integration of both cultures," a 64-year-old man of Japanese descent told the paper.

The first Japanese immigrants came to Mexico in 1897, the paper said. Only 35 people came in the first wave. Today, the Japanese-Mexican population remains small, with around 17,000 people of Japanese descent living in this nation of approximately 105 million.

The event was sponsored by a local Japan-Mexico society.

Everything Tastes Better Fried, Especially Prairie Oysters

ELDERON, Wis. (AP) — Around here, it may be tough to pass up anything deep-fried.

Wisconsinites have deep-fried cheese curds, candy bars and Twinkies. They now have deep-fried livestock testicles, too.

More than 300 people paid $5 for all-you-can-eat goat, lamb and bull testicles Saturday at the ninth annual Testicle Festival at Mama's Place Bar and Grill in Elderon in central Wisconsin.

"Once you get over the mental [aspect] of what you're eating, it's just like eating any other food, and it tastes good," Buster Hoffman said.

Festival founder Nancy Fenske said the festival grew out of her late husband Roger's birthday party 12 years ago. They decided to have "a nut fry" at Mama's Place after bringing back lamb fries from a trip to Montana.

The event grew every year and now they fry up to 100 pounds of testicles, she said.

"What else can you do in a small town?" Fenske said.

Butch Joubert, 58, likes the parts sandwiched between bread with tartar sauce. They're not so different from regular meatballs also served at the festival, he said.

"After a few beers, you can't really tell the difference," Joubert said.

Security Ain't What It Used to Be

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A bumbling intruder broke into an empty New Zealand police station and accidentally locked himself in a cell, but managed to smash his way out again just before authorities arrived.

Sgt. Graham McGurk on Monday said the person broke into the deserted police station in the town of Matamata on North Island on Saturday night through the front office.

The intruder went to the cell bloc, and was accidentally locked in when a self-closing door clicked shut.

As police rushed to respond to an intruder alarm at the post, the intruder used a wooden chair that was inside the cell to smash through a window — supposedly outfitted with shatter-proof glass — to freedom.

Arriving officers could hear the intruder, but he fled through the front of the station as police were closing in from the back, McGurk said.

"It was quite unusual. The offender has almost done the job for us, getting himself locked in our cell," he said.

It wasn't known why the person broke into the police station, and nothing was stolen, McGurk said.

Presenting the Fundraising Sea Lion of the Year

CORTE MADERA, Calif. (AP) — He has flippers instead of feet — and certainly no sneakers or hiking boots. But that didn't stop a sea lion from joining schoolchildren on a walk-a-thon.

The marine mammal apparently noticed children doing laps Friday morning around a course they had set up at the Marin Country Day School next to the shores of the San Francisco Bay. The 185-pound Steller sea lion waddled ashore, shocking students and teachers.

"He did a whole lap," said Kelly Watson, director of constituent relations and web communications at the private school.

It was the latest brush with humans for the 1-year-old sea lion, called Astro by staffers at the Marin Headlands-based Marine Mammal Center.

Astro's mother abandoned him at Ano Nuevo Island off the San Mateo coast in June, prompting biologists to bottle-feed the pup. They released the adolescent on April 25 with a radio tag.

But Astro keeps returning to civilization. About a week ago, he swam under the Golden Gate Bridge to the shores of Corte Madera. The Marine Mammal Center again picked him up and released him in the Farallons, 27 miles from San Francisco.

But returned again Friday, just in time for the walk-a-thon.

"They are very intuitive, like dogs, and he was able to find his way back," said Marine Mammal Center spokesman Jim Oswald.

Astro's run-ins with humans could pose danger to both species, so the center will try to find him a permanent home, possibly the Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut, which keeps threatened Steller sea lions.

"This just shows the effect human contact can have," Oswald said. "It's not a happy story for Astro."

Note to Crystal Gayle: Steer Clear of Myanmar

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Women in Myanmar not only have to watch out for pickpockets when they're commuting, shopping or walking down the street, but also hair thieves, a weekly journal reported Sunday.

Long-haired women in crowded areas have fallen victim to surreptitious hair snippers who steal their hair to sell, the Burmese-language 24/7 news journal reported.

"My long hair was cut while I was on my way back from the office. I found out only when I got back home," an unidentified female bus commuter was quoted as saying.

The woman said her friend's tresses were cut while she was walking down the street and she only noticed when some remaining strands fell. Another woman's hair was cut while she was shopping at a roadside store, the journal said.

Many women in Myanmar have waist- or knee-length hair which they wear in a ponytail, making it easy for thieves to snip off the hair and sell it as extensions.

Women are also approached by hair traders who ask to buy their long hair, the journal quoted the bus commuter as saying.

The report said the price of hair has increased as demand for hair as an export or raw material rises. A viss (3.5 pounds) of hair is worth between $320 and $400, it said.

Turns Out Digging for Moon Dirt Is as Hard as It Sounds

SANTA MARIA, Calif. (AP) — Four teams and some strange machines competed for a quarter-of-a-million dollars from NASA, but all walked away empty-handed.

NASA's Regolith Excavation Challenge invited teams to build machines for digging mock moon dirt, or regolith, in a competition held in a one-ton sandbox on Saturday.

But all the teams fell well short of the winning requirement of 330 pounds of regolith deposited in a container in 30 minutes, and no one claimed the $250,000 purse.

An excavator built by Technology Ranch of Pismo Beach did the best, collecting just over 143 pounds in half an hour. All the other machines broke down while digging.

The other three teams were from Berkley, Mich.; Rolla, Mo.; and Rancho Palos Verdes.

The prize rolls over to next year's competition, which will be worth $750,000.

Compiled by's Sara Bonisteel.

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