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Tipping the scales at 392 pounds raises some problems for Mrs. Alice Marr of Aberdeen, Scotland. For one thing, Mrs. Marr cannot squeeze into a phone booth; she once got trapped in one. She also has had to give up driving a car because she can’t get into one. Worst of all, the 32-year-old mother of two sons cannot adopt the baby she wants because of her weight problem. So she is trying to shuck 250 pounds. “All the diets I’ve tried in the past haven’t worked,” she says. “But this time I’m determined.”
Princess Anne of Britain and her husband, Capt. Mark Phillips, wanted to compete in the U.S. Open Championship horse trials in Massachusetts as just plain folks. In plainer language, they wanted the press to bugger off. So when a reporter asked a sticky question about the battered British pound, the princess banned all notebooks, tape recorders and cameras. Later, she refused to pose for pictures with other contestants. To put a final damper on their brief, unofficial visit, Phillips was eliminated when his horse refused to take a jump, and the princess finished a disappointing tenth when her horse knocked over two poles.
Mrs. Ann Saling of Seattle, Wash, is no great shakes when it comes to snakes. That’s a bit of a bother because she works as a nature writer. A friend, high school biology teacher Ed Nievard, suggested she cure her distaste by draping a real boa around her neck. How did it work? Note her expression and answer yes or no to these questions: (A) She now likes snakes. (B) She still hates snakes. (C) She’s not feeling too keen about Ed Nievard either.