THE AUTOMATED WORM
Vending machines dispense just about everything nowadays, so why not worms? Many a whimsical fisherman, seized suddenly with the urge at an unlikely hour, has dashed off to his worm merchant's shop only to find that the inconsiderate fellow has decided to call it a day, leaving only an ice-vending machine available to cool his catch and his beer.
Now Roy Cooper, an ingenious Nor-walk, Ohio sheet-metal mechanic, has solved the problem. He has invented a machine that dispenses fresh, lively worms on a 24-hour basis and he is seeking a patent on it. Drop 50� in the slot and out comes a plastic container with 15 or 16 worms in it.
The machine is so new that Cooper had trouble finding a name for it. But suggestions came in by the score—like Vend-a-Worm and Worm-o-Matic. He settled for Wormcoop.
Perhaps because he defeated Ingemar Johansson twice in three fights, has lived for short periods in Sweden and because his third wife is Swedish, Floyd Patterson still remains something of a hero in Sweden. It was natural, then, that the Stockholm Aftonbladet, an evening newspaper, should have assigned a reporter to cover Floyd's recent bout with Terry Daniels. The reporter showed the former heavyweight champion a photograph (SI, Oct. 13, 1969) of a happy Ingemar proudly displaying an enormous paunch.
"The picture made Floyd look as if he were about to cry," the Aftonbladet said and quoted Floyd as saying:
"Ingemar hasn't found anything to replace boxing yet. He is only getting fatter and fatter. Give him my regards and tell him he should take off at least 25 kilos [55 pounds]."
Instead of taking off weight Ingemar took umbrage.
"I'm not bothered by my 117 kilos [257 pounds]," he told the Aftonbladet. "I live a great life and would never in the world want to change my life with Floyd Patterson's.