Of things falling
Marvin Bass, a Florida man who hadn't taken a vacation in five years, didn't get to enjoy his visit to Yellowstone National Park as planned. He was driving a borrowed 42-foot motor home up 8,431-foot-high Teton Pass when he realized how much it was laboring on the 10 percent grade. So Bass parked the RV and unhitched the truck he'd been towing behind so he could drive down to Jackson, Wyo., to buy antifreeze. Once he'd returned, Bass attempted to re-hitch the truck to the motor home but accidentally locked himself out of it. So he tried to climb up through the driver's side window and squeeze himself inside -- "but as he did, his body unleashed the brake, and the RV began rolling toward the precipice." Just in time, Bass wiggled out of the motor home, which kept on moving until it slid over the edge of the road, crashing 225 feet below. "Obviously, I'm not going to Yellowstone in it," Bass told the Jackson Hole News&Guide, as he sadly watched the motor home get winched up the slope by two wreckers.
"Today, it's not easy being yellow in an era of green," reports Governing magazine -- particularly if the yellow in question comes from the Yellow Pages. Last year, San Francisco received about 1.6 million of the bulky phone books for its 800,000 residents, "creating nearly 7 million pounds of waste," so last May the city banned the books for anyone who didn't request them. A few months later, Seattle followed suit, allowing its residents to opt out of receiving the Yellow Pages. City Councilman Mike O'Brien pushed the measure, because the year before, he said, Seattle was forced to shell out $350,000 to get rid of all the unwanted directories, or, as some people call them, the "glorified doorstops."