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Steve Stewart

Just park your ícopter out back

Decatur police thought a pilot was in trouble when they saw a helicopter trying to land behind a business on Beltline Road Southwest.

The pilot landed in a grassy field between an apartment complex and a parking lot.

Police told Chris Paschenko the pilot was probably hungry, and just wanted a quick bite at International House of Pancakes.

96 kisses in an hour

How many times would you have to kiss your girlfriend or boyfriend in an hour to get into the Guinness Book of World Records?

There is no official record for this category, but if there were, you'd have to assume an unnamed boy from Courtland would hold the record.

According to an 1880 story passed along by Deangelo McDaniel, the boy kissed his girlfriend "96 times out of a possible 100." The other four times, the story reported, "she got in a hurry and kissed him."

Nonstop smooching

Deangelo adds that the record for the longest kiss belongs to 19-year-old Louisa Almedovar and her 22-year-old boyfriend Rich Langley, both of Vineland, N.J.

They kissed nonstop for 30 hours, 59 minutes and 27 seconds on Dec. 5, 2001, at the television studios of Ricki Lake in New York City.

They locked lips for a Valentine's Day special, and didn't separate once to sit down, eat or even visit the restroom.

Lawrence's Buffalo Bo

"Buffalo Bob" Vaughn's calf, which he believes is the first buffalo born in Lawrence County, arrived in late May as Alabama's Bo Bice and Oklahoma's Carrie Underwood emerged as finalists for "American Idol."

Bob's wife, Carole, told Ronnie Thomas that their daughter, Kristi Gardner, named the little fellow Bo.

"We all just knew Bo would win," Carole said.

Well, he was close. Anyway, we're sure the Helena singer would consider it an honor for someone to name a buffalo for him.

But he might want to rename him Buffalo Bo.

2 Tinas meet in Vegas

Dorothy (is she the real Tina Turner?) Cole of Decatur told Ronnie about her encounter with Hanceville native Holly Vest at the Imperial Palace in Las Vegas.

Dorothy asked her to tell her about her act. Holly told her to drop by her room later.

"Keep in mind, this woman was a beautiful blond Caucasian," Dorothy said. "But a bronze woman answered my knock at her door.

"I said, 'Oops, I must have the wrong room. I'm looking for Holly Vest.' The woman responded, 'I am Holly.' She had put on the makeup big time, and she, too, was a Tina impersonator."

Dorothy said Holly has since moved to New Orleans, where she owns a bed and breakfast.

Thanks to the DAILY staff members who contributed the items you see here. Readers, please send stories for You Don't Say to or call Weekend Editor Steve Stewart at 340-2444. Or write P.O. Box 2213, Decatur, AL 35609.

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