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Kimberly Goodman believes that everyone is born with a gift. Hers ju

February 25, 1997

CHICAGO (AP) _ Kimberly Goodman believes that everyone is born with a gift. Hers just happens to be particularly eye-popping _ literally.

Goodman can spring the orbs right out of her head.

She discovered the bizarre talent about five years ago when her eye came out of its socket while she was taking off a Halloween mask.

``I was with two girlfriends and they just stood there, frozen, with their mouths open,″ she recalled. ``I pushed it back in, and they never said a word to me _ just walked away, still with their mouths open.″

Now she’s learned to do it on command, without using her hands. ``I sort of squint, pull my eyelid back and out it comes,″ Goodman explained.

David Letterman was so impressed with the ocular stunt that he featured her on Monday night’s ``Late Show with David Letterman Video Special 3.″

``You will talk about this until the day you die,″ he told the audience.

To Letterman’s cue, ``Did you hear that Michael Jackson had a baby?″ the young woman from Chicago did what she does best.

The eyes popped out _ way out. On the second of two slow-motion replays, the side angle, she looked like a cartoon character with billiard balls for eyes.


LIVERMORE, Calif. (AP) _ How many firefighters does it take to change a lightbulb?

At Livermore’s Fire Station 1, the question is moot.

For nearly a century, firefighters there have been keepers of what is believed to be the longest-burning bulb on the planet. Donated to the department by a local businessman, it has been shining since 1901.

The naked bulb, which hangs from the ceiling, is celebrated in Ripley’s Believe-It-of-Not and has attracted tourists from as far away as Japan and Australia to this city just east of Oakland.

Through earthquakes, fires and riots, the bulb has burned faintly with only short interruptions for the occasional power outage and a 23-minute respite in 1976 when the station moved locations. The bulb was brought along to the new building.

``We gave it (an emergency) code 3,″ firefighter Jim McCraw remembers. ``We had all the trucks out with sirens and lights flashing. It was like the O.J. Simpson chase, we moved it so slowly down the street.″

Now, it has become such an institution that the firefighters worry about the day it burns out.

``I’d hate to be on duty if that ever happens,″ McCraw said. ``We’d all be brought in and interrogated.″


LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Ed Harrison’s an egghead and proud of it.

The 82-year-old owns a Westwood skyscraper, presides over an oil company, manages real estate and collects eggs _ about 1 million of them.

Don’t bother to ask which comes first.

``People think I’m a little drunk, and I guess I am,″ said Harrison, who sees himself as the last of the great oologists. His friends call him ``The Egg Man.″

Harrison has collected more than 1 million eggs, representing more than 3,600 species, since taking up the hobby as a boy.

Nowadays his collection occupies an anonymous warehouse in Camarillo as part of the Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology. The specimens come in all varieties: oval, pointy and round; speckled, white and brown; fresh and ancient. Some go beyond grade AAA.

``I’ve had plenty of people laugh at me,″ Harrison said. ``People tell me what an awfully silly thing it is that I do. But this silly thing took a lot of guts _ I’ve swung down over cliffs and risked my neck plenty of times.″

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