Top 10 Ways The CIA Tried To Kill Castro

“On this date in 1959, Fidel Castro became the Prime Minister of Cuba. Since then, according to the man who was charged with protecting him for most of his regime, he’s survived over 600 assassination attempts. Fabian Escalante, the former head of the Cuban Secret Service, claims that the assassination endeavors break down like this: the Eisenhower administration tried to kill Castro 38 times; Kennedy, 42; Johnson, 72; Nixon, 184; Carter, 64; Reagan, 197; Bush Sr., 16; Clinton, 21. There are only so many different ways you can ambush someone with a sharpshooter, so some of the ways the CIA plotted to kill Castro were pretty wild. Here are just a few of the unorthodox methods considered to oust the Beard.” w/ photo

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World’s Tallest Pancake Stack?

Australian chef Andy Wrobel battered his way into the world record books on Shrove Tuesday, after claiming the title for the world’s tallest stack of pancakes. Culinary expert Andy beat a 2008 record set in Croatia after building a 29-inches-tall stack of 60 delicious treats at the Pancake Parlour in Melbourne. The leaning tower of pancakes eventually toppled over, but only after the record was confirmed by Guinness officials. The chef flips over 100,000 pancakes every year at the popular restaurant where he has been working for over 25 years. Andy admitted a lot of hard work has gone into beating last year’s effort, revealing to local broadcaster ABC: ‘We tried last year and we got to 24-inches and did pretty well. ‘We thought we’d give it another go and this year we actually did it.” w/ photo

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Albino Skunk Causes Big Stink For Rescuers

They are usually native to north America but this whiffy albino skunk was found wandering near Bridgnorth. And he had a nasty surprise in store for his rescuers – a squirt of foul-smelling spray. But since he was found in a Pattingham road the adult skunk has behaved far more sweetly and the hunt is now on to find its rightful owners. He is currently residing at Taylor and Marshall vets in Shifnal High Street. The skunk was taken there by members of the public. Julianne Berry, from the practice which handles exotic animals, said: ‘He’s definitely a pet, he’s very, very friendly and easy to handle.” w/ photo

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