Elephant and dragon: The "Elephant Angel," who harbored an elephant in her backyard during the Belfast Blitz, has been identified by her family as Denise Weston Austin (d. 1997) - one of the first female zoo keepers at the Belfast Zoo.
Toads encased in stone: "Regarding your posting about toads in stone, I have personally seen frogs frozen in ice on a pond walk away when freed from the icy encasement. As kids, we all marveled that they could still be alive after spending most of the winter frozen in the ice without food, water, or air. A toad in a stone over who knows how many years is even more amazing!" ~an e-mail from my Dad
Shark attack capital: The surfing event held this month at New Smyrna Beach, Florida, was held without incident. The $20,ooo purse was claimed by New Smyrna resident Aaron Cormican.