COCA COLA AUCTION
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- It's a Coke classic that cost a fortune. An antique soda fountain has sold for $4.5 million at a recent auction of Coca-Cola items. The 21-foot marble and alabaster fountain was displayed at the 1893 World's Fair. The seller, the Schmidt Museum of Coca-Cola Memorabilia, hoped the piece might bring $1 million. But the Courier-Journal, of Louisville, Kentucky, reports that price was topped in a matter of minutes. Museum head Larry Schmidt says he's shocked at final price. The name of the buyer hasn't been released.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- Ninety-six-year-old Bill Tanner can't hunt any more turkeys. But it's not a question of age -- he's bagged his limit. The spring season ends May 1. But the Jackson, Mississippi, man got his third gobbler Thursday, about a week after turning 96. He tells The Clarion-Ledger he's been hunting since he was eight. He hunted turkey before there was a state wildlife department, let alone a turkey season.
NEW YORK (AP) -- A New York City cemetery has something new on the menu. The Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx plans a gravesite tour of stars from the culinary world. The Wall Street Journal reports the cemetery is the final resting place of Pepperidge Farm founder Margaret Rudkin, pioneering bartender Jeremiah P. Thomas and Delmonico's chef and cookbook author Charles Ranhofer. The tours are set to begin next week. Tickets will be between $10 and $15.
GROTTOES, Va. (AP) -- Jeremy Cupp's Harley is a labor of love. The Virginia machinist wins the freestyle division at the 2012 Ultimate Builder Custom Bike U.S. Championship. He takes home a trophy and a check for six-grand. But that doesn't come close to what the hand-built bike is worth. Cupp tells a local (Daily News-Record) he spent about $4,000 on parts. But he says figuring his labor, the cost of the Harley would be about $70,000. Next, Cupp says he'll enter "Old Black" in the World Championships this August in Sturgis, South Dakota
DISASTER SHELTER COMPANY
FRISCO, Colo. (AP) -- A down economy means good times for a Colorado company. Security Disaster Shelters can't keep up with demand from customers worried abut the future. The company was recently profiled on the show "Doomsday Preppers" on the National Geographic Channel. Riley Cook says their phones have been ringing off the hook since. They're currently working on a shelter that would put most homes to shame. The nearly half-million dollar project is for a client near Chicago. The Summit Daily News reports it even has high-tech lithium ion batteries that cost $25,000 apiece. They're the same batteries used by NASA to power the Mars rover.
MIDLAND, Mich. (AP) -- Justin Witt and Nicholas Lipscott hope to be chefs and go into the restaurant business. And they're getting an early start. They are both 11 and call themselves the "fooddudes." Justin is the go-to guy for pastry and desserts. Nicholas takes charge of the main dishes. The kids even have their own fooddudes website (www.wix.com/expertchef/fooddudes). Unlike a lot of kids their age, the Midland, Michigan, fooddudes like to sample new dishes. Justin tells a local paper (Midland Daily News) he's "glad to try anything."
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