Geronimo! In Port Chester, N.Y., pajama-clad ex-Paratrooper Thomas Thomas bailed out of his second-floor bedroom, landed unhurt on a ledge, explained: "I could swear I heard the sergeant yell 'Jump!' "
Jet Propulsion. In Los Angeles, suicide-bent Ronald Neff turned on the gas, forgot to douse the water-heater pilot, blasted himself safely out the window.
Feminine Touch. In Port Douglas, Australia, a horned, buoy-like object on the beach, attacked energetically by a woman with a hammer, yielded a fine batch of clinging oysters; later, towed offshore by a mine-disposal squad, yielded a detonation that shook every building in town.
Dead Weight. In Portland, Ore.,...