He assembled the world's big-gest working motorcycle and won a listing in the Guinness Book of World Records. So what could Tom Wiberg do for an encore? Why, make the world's smallest, of course. Wiberg, a professional bike-builder in Sweden, was recognized for his first accomplishment in 1998. It's 7-1/2 feet high, 15-1/2 feet long, and will go 62 m.p.h. with the throttle wide open. His latest? At 2-1/2 inches - yes, inches - high and 4-1/2 inches long, it has a top speed of just over 1 m.p.h. Wiberg rode it a short distance - while balanced on one foot - as a condition of qualifying for another listing in the book.
Amid the headlines about anti-Jewish rhetoric from certain Muslim world leaders comes this word: Some of the best kosher-food customers, at least in the US, are ... Muslim. That, according to organizers of Kosher Fest 2003, an exposition last week in New York. It seems the cultures have similar dietary laws, and, but for the kosher industry, expatriate Muslims wouldn't always be sure the foods they buy in supermarkets weren't prohibited.
Author J.K. Rowling is the best-paid woman in Britain, according to the latest annual list by The Sunday Times (London). If gender is disregarded, the creator of the "Harry Potter" novels ranks fifth (expatriate Russian tycoon Roman Abramovich is No. 1). Madonna, the American pop diva who lives in London, also made the list. The 10 highest-paid women in Britain, their sources of income, and estimated earnings (in millions):
1. J.K. Rowling, author $210
2. Alison Goldberg, retail (tie) Sara Phillips, retail 55
4. Charlene de Carvalho, brewing company heir 45
5. Portia Kennaway, retail 31
6. Marilyn Anselm, retail 30
7. Queen Elizabeth II 26
8. Madonna, singer/actress 25
9. Denise O'Donoghue, TV producer 22
10. Jackie Collins, author 17