Untold Stories For The Week Of Feb. 8

David Jackson

With all that's going on in Washington and with Iraq, there are a few stories that we never got to tell you. For instance, there was an exhibit in Atlanta of new, "fun" things. Some standouts include a "radar ball" that calculates your throwing speed, a beer cooler that attaches to a golf bag, and a water trampoline fixed to an inflatable ring that floats. Instead of going BOING, you can SPLASH.

GI Joe Meets The Giga Pets
Speaking of fun, Hasbro is buying Tiger Electronics. Now it can add hot items such as Giga Pets, Lights Out, and Brain Warp to a line that features GI Joe and Monopoly.

Mom's Little Repeat Offender
A 19 year-old man's mother drove from Nebraska to San Francisco to bail him out of jail, where he was on robbery charges. Less than three hours after he got out, he was back in -- on robbery charges again. Police say he was easy to spot. He was still wearing his jail ID bracelet.

Nagano's Olympic Flight
With the winter games underway in Nagano, we're told that a lot of Naganoans are getting out. Travel agents report a lot of extra business to places like Tokyo, Disneyland and Hawaii.

Building A Better Public Office
Missouri's Governor Carnahan may just want to propose that they fix up the capitol building in Jefferson City. A 200-pound chunk of decorative limestone broke off the north side and dropped some 50-feet to the ground. It landed just outside the governor's office.

Fishing For Fishermen
Six hundred Russian fishermen got the ride of their lives. An ice flow they were on broke away from the shore and floated out into the Baltic Sea. When rescue helicopters and boats arrived, the rescuers were told to wait until all the smelt were hauled out of the water.

Giving Away The Town
And then there's the Arizona cattle and real-estate baron who has had two heart attacks and figured it's time to start giving stuff away. He started with the ghost town of Sasco that he bought in 1955. Worth about a million bucks, he gave it to the Salvation Army. Now it's up to Salvation Army officials to figure out just what to do with it.

Written by CBS News Correspondent David Jackson. ©1998, CBS Worldwide Inc., All Rights Reserved