Thing One: A quadriplegic woman is embarking on a record-breaking attempt to sail solo around Britain using just her breath to navigate a 20 foot sailing boat.
Hilary Lister, 36, is to sail single-handed round the British Isles. Just one problem - she is quadriplegic and can only move her head, eyes and mouth. She will spend the next three months sailing round the British Isles in a specially adapted boat she controls using a 'sip-and-puff' system of straws.
She suffers from a rare disorder known as reflex sympathetic dystrophy, an agonizing muscle-wasting condition which has left her with no movement below the neck.
At home in Canterbury, Kent, she can only do the simplest of tasks by using her forehead to push levers on a machine which changes the channel on the television or answers the telephone.
But thanks to high-tech adaptations to her Artemis 20 boat, she has become the first quadriplegic to sail across the English Channel and the first female quadriplegic to solo circumnavigate the Isle of Wight. Her previous record-breaking achievements will pale in comparison to the latest challenge, which will see her encounter some of the trickiest sailing conditions in the world.
She has tried to lead as active a life as possible and graduated from Oxford University with a high 2.1 in biochemistry despite having to dictate papers while lying flat on her back with epidural painkillers being pumped into her spine.
Her outlook on life changed dramatically when she discovered sailing, and realized she did not have to sit staring out of the window, but could experience the exhilaration of riding the crest of a wave.
"It is the ultimate freedom for me," she said. "I get out on to the water and suddenly my physical inabilities no longer matter. "It's amazing, I use my breath through three straws and they control the sails and the tiller. "I have a support boat that follows me from half a mile away, and even that feels too close."
Through her challenge, Mrs Lister hopes to raise money for her charity, Hilary's Dream Trust, which aims to help other people with disabilities achieve their dreams of sailing.
Mrs Lister's progress will be posted on her website.
Robert Machin said he had just finished walking his two Boston terriers and was about to put them into his car when the truck appeared. The retired transit worker said he was suddenly whipped around and saw one of the dogs, Ginger (center, in photograph), being swallowed by the sweeper's round bristles.
"I went berserk at that moment because I couldn't believe what had occurred," he said and that he yelled at the driver to stop, but the truck kept going. He and friends chased the truck for 2 ½ blocks before catching up with it. Ginger's slight body was later pulled from the sweeper.
The city Department of Sanitation called the death "a rare and unfortunate accident."
A heartbroken Machin questioned whether the driver was observing proper procedures, saying the truck seemed to barreling through the street at an unsafe speed. The heartbroken Machin, 57, choked up as he described losing Ginger. With his children grown, he said, "These two dogs, they're my life."
Like most of the others, it was a right foot encased in a running shoe, said Sgt. Mike Tresoor of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. He said a citizen spotted it on a beach and no other remains were found.
The latest find and most of the others were recovered within a few miles of each other along island shorelines in the Strait of Georgia, which lies to the south and west of the provincial capital of Vancouver.
Authorities say they haven't reached any conclusions about the origin of the feet but are working to determine if there are any links to any other partial remains recovered in the province.
"Too my knowledge, we have not encountered anything like this," RCMP spokeswoman Annie Linteau told The Associated Press Wednesday evening. She declined to speculate if foul play was involved.
She did suggest that the latest find could be from the body of a missing fishermen or a plane crash victim, but she didn't provide any specifics. "In the first four cases, we did not find any evidence the feet were severed," she said. "It's too early to say if this foot was severed."
P.S. Rare midday update! News just broke that Foot #6 was a hoax. It was animal remains stuffed into a shoe! Why? No known motive yet but the first five are still mysteries.