Odds ‘N’ Ends: Man sues Tenn. church after worship induces fall

By The Associated Press

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – A man says he was so consumed by the spirit of God that he fell and hit his head while worshipping.

Now, Matt Lincoln wants Lakewind Church to pay $2.5 million for medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering.

The 57-year-old has had two surgeries since the June 2007 injury but still feels pain in his back and legs.

He says he was asking God to have “a real experience” while praying.

Lawyers for the church say other congregants saw him on the floor laughing after his fall. They say he failed to look out for his own safety.

Swedish firemen race through town in underwear after uniforms stolen

STOCKHOLM, Sweden – When three Swedish firefighters raced to their fire truck, it wasn’t because something was burning – except their red faces, as they were wearing nothing but underwear.

The three men from Gavle, in central Sweden, had stopped by a local swimming pool for a dip. When they returned to the pool locker room, they discovered that their uniforms were stolen, their commander, Thomas Fahlstedt, said Thursday.

“Everything was gone except for the underpants and the shoes,” Fahlstedt said. “They had to drive back in the fire engine wearing only those.”

Fire officials reported Wednesday’s theft to police, who promptly sent two officers – both female – to investigate.

Swedish news organizations reported the two officers were amused by the firemen’s predicament. But they eventually arrested a man with a bag full of firefighters’ gear and returned the gear to the station.