Posted by Ahem on October 26, 2001 at 22:02:52:
Toe-Wrestler, Bean Man No Match for Top Eccentric
LONDON (Reuters) - The world toe-wrestling champion and a man who dresses like a baked bean were no match for a river-going tricycle inventor who was named Britain's biggest eccentric on Thursday.
Lyndon Yorke, from Marlow, west of London, who sails his Edwardian tricycle-turned-catamaran down the River Thames and has designed and built a wickerwork car, won the title of the Best British Eccentric 2001.
His odd behavior beat the world toe-wrestling champion, who wears a yellow rubber glove on his head to make his pet chickens feel part of the family, and a man known as Captain Beany who sports a orange swimming hat to make him look more like a baked bean.
Other eccentrics included a man who crammed his house with more than 100 postboxes and a woman who has the world's biggest garden gnome sanctuary in the grounds of her home, said breakfast cereal company Kellogg, which hosted the award.
"I think we should all be extremely proud of Britain's eccentric heritage. Throughout history, our spirit of eccentricity has produced great thinkers, writers, inventors, explorers and scientists -- and of course our famous sense of humor," eccentric expert Bernard Le Vay said.
"We could all learn a thing or two from their alternative approach to life and help make every day just a little less ordinary," he said in a statement announcing the award winners.