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Hopscotch, TOP COPS & The Best Job Ever!

by Maggie O'Mara

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Posted on May 6, 2009 at 7:02 AM

Updated Thursday, Oct 22 at 11:10 AM

Hopscotch Champ?

He was once called "The World's Greatest Athlete" ... University of Idaho alum Dan O'Brien. The gold medalist and three-time world decathlon champion is hoping to earn a new title... one you may not have guessed.

He wants to be the Guinness World Record holder for the fastest game of hopscotch.

Hopscotch, you say? Yep.

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Dan O'Brien, 42

Tomorrow, he will attempt to break the current record for a game of hopscotch - one minute and 23 seconds - at Chelsea Piers. O'Brien is kicking off National Physical Fitness and Sports Month.

His goal: He wants parents to spend more time with their kids outside this summer.


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Chris Davis and Jason Rose, BPD

Two Boise police officers are being honored as TOP COPS next week. Boise Police Chief Mike Masterson nominated officers Chris Davis and Jason Rose for their actions during last summer's Oregon Trail fire. These officers braved the smoke and flames as they tried to evacuate people in the area. Next week, they are going to Washington, DC, to be honored.

The National Association of Police Officers will honor a total of about 20 officers from around the United States. Congrats to both of them!

The Best Job EVER?

Why is this guy beaming with joy?

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Ben Southall

He just won the BEST JOB IN THE WORLD! Ben Southall, 34 - beat out nearly 35,000 applicants from around the world for a dream job. Get this - he'll work for six months as a caretaker of a tropical Australian island... look at it... it's amazing!


AND - the job comes with a $111,000 salary! His job description? Swimming, exploring and relaxing... OH! AND writing a BLOG about SWIMMING, EXPLORING AND RELAXING.

Tough work, huh?