The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 13, 1997 · Page 7
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THE SALINA JOURNAL NEVUS TUESDAY, MAY 13, 1997 A7 T ENDURANCE RECORD Swimmer comes ashore with record In her 24-hour swim, woman fought stinging jellyfish and high seas By TOM WELLS The Associated Press KEY WEST, Fla. — Battling nausea, stinging jellyfish, high seas and hallucinations of monkeys, an Australian swam 118 miles from Cuba to Florida on Monday to become the first woman to cross the shark-infested straits. About 4'/a hours after 22-year- old Susie Maroney finished, she fairtted on live television while talking to reporters on the beach. Her doctor said she was dehydrated and immediately regained consciousness and returned to her hotel room to rest. •She swam for 24 Va hours inside a 28-by-8-foot shark-proof cage before climbing out of the surf at Fort Zachary State Park in the Florida Keys, badly sunburned and covered with welts from jellyfish stings. Her tongue was swollen from the salt water. "It was the best feeling in the world. I was so glad to touch sand," she said. "Definitely, your dreams can come true. "So many times you think, 'I just don't want to keep going,'" she said. "The hardest part was the night. It was so lonely. I was being stung by jellyfish." Her team said she was the first person to swim the Florida Straits from Cuba to the Keys — a claim that was disputed before she even reached land. Walter Poenisch made the cross-, ing in 1978 at age 64, but critics T HUMAN NATURE The Associated Press Susie Maroney became the first woman Monday to swim between Cuba and the United States, completing her 118-mile trip In a little more than 24 hours. said no independent observers watched the trip to verify he was unassisted all the way. Unlike Maroney, he used flippers. His time was 34 hours and 15 minutes. Maroney said her team worked with the Guinness Book of World Records to make sure she met all requirements, including having an independent observer aboard an escort boat. Guinness officials could not be reached for comment. Maroney's trip began at about noon Sunday when she jumped into the water at Havana's Malecon sea wall after being slathered in petroleum jelly to fend off jellyfish, protect her from the sun and keep her body warm. The 5-foot-6, 127-pound swimmer made the journey inside her cage attached to her escort boat. She was helped by a swift current and relatively good weather, but had to contend with 15-foot seas. She vomited twice from swallowing so much seawater. Nine people, including her mother and brother, were on the escort boat and kept her motivated during the night. She said she replayed in her head episodes of "Seinfeld" and her favorite pop songs to keep her spirits up. "I thought I saw monkeys hanging on the cage," Maroney said. "I sang songs, happy ones, you know, like Madonna's." Maroney took brief breaks once an hour, drinking sports drinks and eating baby food with yogurt and bananas. She attempted the crossing last June, covering 107 miles in 38 V* hours, but gave up 12 miles short of her goal because of seasickness, dehydration and injuries from repeatedly banging against her cage. Want this parking space, fella? Well, wait Guarding our territory, even if it is just a parking space at the mall, is a part of human behavior By MICHAEL RAPHAEL The Associa ted Press STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — It's not your paranoid imagination after all: People exiting parking gpaces really do leave more slowly when you're waiting for the spot. And if you honk, it will only make things worse. It's called territorial behavior and once again shows that we haven't evolved as much as we might like to think. A study of more than 400 drivers at an Atlanta-area mall parking lot found that motorists defend their spots instinctively. "Like our ancestors, we humans still defend territories," said Perm State University sociologist Barry Ruback.. '"This, despite the fact that when you're leaving, the whole point is to " 'You in a hurry? You're going to wait a little longer.'It's dog-eat-dog out there. And a spot's a spot." Judith Stevens driver who's possessive about her parking spot leave. There's nothing to be territorial about." One reason for the extra wait, Ruback acknowledged, could be safety: Drivers may slow down to avoid hitting the other car. The study appears in the May 1-15 issue of Journal of Applied Social Psychology. Ruback conducted the research with Daniel Juieng, an undergraduate at Georgia State University. Judith Stevens, a transplanted New Yorker now living in State College, said she understands the impulse to take your sweet time when another driver gets a little pushy. '"You in a hurry? You're going to wait a little longer,'" she said. "It's dog-eat-dog out there. And a spot's a spot." The study found that, on average, drivers took 32.2 seconds to pull out of a spot after opening the car door. If someone was waiting, however, it took almost seven seconds longer. And honkers were forced to wait just under 43 seconds. Drivers said in a related survey they actually try to move more quickly if they know someone is waiting, Ruback said. "It suggests that people can be territorial even if they're not aware of it," Ruback said. Male drivers were affected by the type of car waiting for the spot. If a $57,000 Infiniti Q45 pulled up, men exited in half a minute; when it was a $5,200 station wagon, the wait was longer than 39 seconds. Women, on the other hand, didn't seem to mind what kind of car was waiting. That's because men make stronger connections between car value and status, Ruback said. V IRAN EARTHQUAKE Aid supplies reach damaged region By The Associated Press HAJIABAD, Iran — The first international aid supplies trickled into Iran's earthquake-devastated northeast Monday, and the government vowed to help survivors of last weekend's 7.1 magnitude quake rebuild their homes and their lives. Trucks rumbled into the devastated mountain villages carrying tents, blankets, clothes and food for many of the 50,000 people made homeless by the disaster, which the government said killed at least 2,400. A pro-government newspaper in the capital, Resalat, put the death toll at 4,000. Survivors cheered and mdbbed the motorcade of President Hashemi Rafsanjani when he'tourted the area. At one point, he climbed out of his car to hug an elderly woman who lost her husband. He promised the crowd he would start rebuilding homes within a month and pledged interest-free loans and grants to surviving families. "We have no other choice but to surrender to our fate," Raf- sanjani said. "There are some things that we can do. But there are things that we cannot do, like compensate (for) the lives of your relatives." Searches for loved ones often ended in grief, as villagers in northeastern Iran continued to dig through the dusty wreckage that once was their homes. There also were moments of great joy. In Abiz village, Alireza Rayee, 32, was pulled from the rubble Sunday after being trapped for 27 hours. V AVIATION Probe under way after jet lands at wrong airport Continental Airlines jet lands on war-era strip now used for practices By The Associated Press CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The two pilots of a Continental Airlines jet that landed in the right city but the wrong airport were grounded while investigators looked into the mixup. The airline blamed pilot error for the Boeing 737's bumpy landing Sunday at a World War II-era Navy airfield 4% miles from Corpus Christi International Airport. 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