Bright and Brief
LAND O’ LAKES, Fla. (AP) _ True to its motto, the U.S. Postal Service will deliver the mail despite rain, sleet, hail and even naked bodies.
But under an agreement reached Tuesday between the post office and the Paradise Lakes nudist resort, residents of the 239-unit ″clothes optional″ community must either wear clothes to the mail box or stay away while letter carriers make their rounds.
As an added precaution, tall shrubbery will be planted around the mail boxes, which are on the resort’s main drive.
The compromise, which takes effect Aug. 3, will resume mail service to Paradise Lakes 16 months after Lutz Postmaster Henry Thompson stopped deliveries because, he said, the sight of naked bodies was offensive to his employees. Thompson acknowledged he never polled the workers.
Robert T. Davis, Tampa’s managing postmaster, reversed Thompson’s ban after meeting with Paradise Lakes representatives.
″I made a business decision based upon need,″ Davis said.
″It’s a real victory for nudism″ said Fred Bischoff, owner and operator of Paradise Lakes.
Thompson declined to comment.
Nick Cox, a 21-year-old carrier, said he might feel out of place if Paradise Lakes is on his route.
″That’s not my lifestyle ... but I’d do it. Someone’s got to do it,″ he said. ″I can imagine misplacing a few pieces of mail if someone walked in front of me.″
VIENNA, Austria (AP) - A crop scientist has grown a tomato the size of a watermelon, sufficient for 13 restaurant portions of tomato salad, Bulgaria’s BTA news agency reported Wednesday.
The monster vegetable weighed three pounds, 13 ounces and ″could be accommodated with difficulty in the palms of the hands of its proud owner,″ Todor Birnikov, according to BTA.
Most of Birnikov’s tomatoes weigh more than half a pound, said the state- run BTA, monitored here.