Bigger Fish to Fry

* A fish as big as a bear was caught by villagers in northern Thailand, according to a report released yesterday. The 646-pound Mekong giant catfish, caught last month, is believed to be the largest freshwater fish ever seen.

"An astonishing find," said Zeb Hogan, who heads a World Wildlife Fund and National Geographic Society project to study large freshwater fish. "It's amazing to think that giants like this still swim in some of the world's rivers."

The nine-foot catfish, an adult male, died before it could be returned to the Mekong River, so the villagers -- not wanting to pass up a good meal -- ate it.

All That You Can Bee

* Imagine having 200,000 bees covering your body -- and still not setting a world record!

Philip McCabe of Tipperary, Ireland, was aiming for the world mark of 350,000 bees (a staggering 871/2 pounds), but fell about 150,000 bees short. McCabe said that had it been warmer than 63 degrees, the bees would have followed their docile queen, which rested on his chin.

McCabe said the secret to success with bees is staying calm: "If I was giving off a strong smell of aggression or anxiety, they'd sting me." He still was stung seven times.

And his feet fell asleep after two hours, forcing him to shoo the swarm away before he collapsed.

McCabe attempted the stunt to raise money for poor people in Africa.

A 646-pound Mekong giant catfish was caught in Thailand.Irish beekeeper Philip McCabe has 200,000 bees, but no world record.