Tough job, but someone's gotta do it



Baptizing stand-ins for dead people doesn’t seem like a hazardous activity, but Daniel Dastrup of Las Vegas recently sued The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for medical expenses after injuring his back performing about 200 baptisms on Aug. 25, 2007. Lowering volunteers into a pool all day apparently became arduous: “The then 25-year-old claims some of the young men and women he completely immersed in water in the name of the dead weighed as much as 250 pounds,” reports the Salt Lake Tribune. Dastrup says he wasn’t allowed a break, though he twice asked for one, and the day after he performed the baptisms, he could not sit up. A church spokesman had no comment on the case.


Noelle Lafleur, 7, who serves cups of free juice to skateboarders near the Guy Coles State Park in Ketchum, is definitely ambitious, but perhaps she has not yet mastered the finer points of capitalism. When asked why she serves juice for free instead of charging for it, Noelle told the Mountain Express that “she ‘gets more customers’ that way.”


Ranchers in Canada have found a novel way to spice up their product. In British Columbia’s Okanagan region, they’re pairing red wine with grain for their animals’ last 60 days, and yes, it seems to work. The cattle relax and “moo a lot more with each other. They get really chatty,” says Janice Ravndahl of Sezmu Meats. Actually, the booze is added in order to improve the taste of the beef, not the mood of the beef-provider. Ravndahl finds that “the marbling is finer and the fat tastes like candy.” She adds, “You don’t get any better than steak and a wine. We just start a bit earlier.”

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