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It's a totally gut course.

New York University's night school is offering up "Hamburger Heaven," a one-night seminar that promises to foster a keener appreciation of America's favorite sandwich.

"I'm not really teaching anything," instructor George Motz (search) admitted to the New York Post. "It's really more of a hamburger conversation."

Motz, 36, is a bit of an expert on the matter. The Brooklyn-based filmmaker recently completed a movie entitled "Hamburger America," a documentary in which he traveled 12,000 miles around the country looking for the perfect burger.

"People don't treat the hamburger with the amount of respect that they should," lamented Motz. "It's been overlooked for decades."

Continuing-education students who cough up $100 for the non-credit seminar, which takes place Oct. 5, will first watch the movie, then be instructed on hamburger detection.

"Simply put, I'm going to teach them how to spot a great burger," explained Motz. "It's amazing how easy it is to screw up."

He doesn't want to give away all his secrets, but Motz said look for place that sells a lot of burgers, and makes them simply.

"The more you treat the meat, the worse it gets," Motz says.

The course offering has proven so popular that the school has asked Motz to offer it again in the spring.

Other culinary seminars offered by NYU's School of Continuing and Professional Studies include "Chinese Characters for Chinese Food Lovers," "Get to Know All-American Cheese" and "Born in Bubbles," an exploration of champagne.

Hey, This Truck's No Mountain

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — What do you do when you pull into your garage and a mountain goat (search) jumps on the hood of your truck?

Start taking pictures, of course — so the insurance company will believe you if you have to make a damage claim.

At least that's what Carol Probst did after a goat darted into her garage in Midway, Utah. It started walking in circles on the hood of the truck, lowering its horned head and stomping its hoof.

"I thought it was a pet goat," she said.

So Probst tied up her dog, called animal control and grabbed a camera.

An animal control officer arrived, shot the goat with a tranquilizer dart, tagged it and loaded into a horse trailer to take it back to the mountains.

As it turns out, Probst's photos will only need to serve as a reminder of the strange visit. The truck wasn't damaged.

— Thanks to Out There reader Greg M.

The Logical Place to Look

SINGAPORE (AP) — Border agents arrested a Malaysian man who tried to smuggle suspected pornographic video disks in his underwear into Singapore, the government said.

Officers did a full-body search of the man after he was allegedly caught with contraband cigarettes at a border crossing with Malaysia, the Immigrations and Customs Authority said on its Web site Wednesday.

While frisking the man, police found two video CDs and two DVDs lodged between his buttocks, the authority's Web site said.

The Web site described the videos as "suspected to be uncensored and obscene."

Immigration authorities handed over the suspected drugs to the Central Narcotics Bureau (search) while the disks were referred to police for further investigation.

It is not immediately clear when the man would be charged.

Singapore bans the sale and possession of pornography. Importing pornography carries a one-year prison sentence upon conviction for a first offense. Possession of pornography carries a six-month prison sentence upon conviction for a first offense.

Truck Crashes Into Operating Room

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Here's a complication a surgeon and patient didn't expect: A sport utility vehicle rammed into the operating room toward the end of a cataract procedure.

No one was injured, but Dr. Bernard Spier said that if the accident had happened moments earlier, it could have hurt the patient's eye.

Spier had removed the cataract and had just used a plunger to implant a silicone lens when the crash threw him onto the partially sedated patient.

"The plunger could have done some damage," he told The Star-Ledger of Newark for Wednesday's newspapers.

The crash happened at 8:37 a.m. Tuesday at the Northern New Jersey Eye Institute (search) in South Orange.

Police said Floyd Hunt Jr., 77, of Newark, was trying to back his Toyota 4Runner out of a parking space outside the operating room, but failed to put the car into reverse.

The front end of the red sport utility vehicle smashed through a wall and stopped just inches from doctor and patient when its back tires snagged on a curb.

Spier and his staff took the patient from the room, and Hunt was pulled from his Toyota by a passer-by. Hunt was leaving after making an appointment, the doctor said.

The vehicle bent steel beams, buckled the ceiling and damaged a $70,000 ultrasound machine used to remove cataracts, the newspaper reported.

Bonnie and Clyde May Become Bed-and-Breakfast

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — Neighbors aren't welcoming a minister's plans to convert a garage apartment that was the site of an infamous Bonnie and Clyde (search) shootout into a bed-and-breakfast.

"When I think of a bed-and-breakfast, I think of charm, antiques and history — not murder," says Peggy Webb, who is among the opponents.

In his application for a special-use permit, the Rev. Phillip McClendon said he wants to buy the property from its current owner.

The 1933 shootout happened in the middle of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow's bank-robbing spree across Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Louisiana and New Mexico.

Authorities in Louisiana ambushed and killed Bonnie and Clyde in May 1934.

Though two lawmen who were gunned down at the apartment would be honored with a plaque in front of the building, irate neighbors circulated a petition against the bed-and-breakfast plan.

Many said they wanted to curb extra traffic and keep curiosity seekers away.

But DeWayne Tuttle has called the concerns overstated. He said the apartment has been a tourist attraction for the 37 years that he has owned the property.

"I can hardly go in and out of the house that I don't have to talk to somebody," Tuttle said.

He noted that neighbors didn't object in the past when he offered the apartment for rent.

"It can't involve more than two cars," Tuttle said of the proposed bed-and-breakfast, which would house two to four guests at a time. "I don't see anything that is going to bother the neighbors."

Compiled by's Paul Wagenseil.

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