LONDON (AFP) - A somewhat eccentric British man who was arrested 14 times while hiking the length of Britain wearing nothing but boots, hat and a rucksack, pledged to repeat his feat -- but this time in company.
Stephen Gough, 46, whose dogged pursuit of his goal during 2003 and 2004, slowed down by two jail sentences, brought him national fame as the "naked rambler", plans to set off on Thursday from Land's End in Cornwall, England's most southwesterly point.
Accompanied -- also in the nude -- by 33-year-old girlfriend Melanie Roberts and a librarian who does not want to be named, Gough plans to walk the 874 miles to John O'Groats in the far north of Scotland.
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Companies Look to Cut Costs by Training Monkeys, Bears to Replace Human Workers
In the interest of reducing costs and maximizing profit margins, many corporations are looking to non-human sources of labor. In particular, bears and several species of primates are being pegged as candidates to fill a range of future jobs, enabling their employers to liberate themselves from the expensive wages they're presently bound to pay their human counterparts.
Several American companies have already begun the process of 'dehumanizing' their work forces by delegating current employees to train the animals hired to replace them. Boeing, Microsoft and General Motors have all announced plans to transition to janitorial staffs comprised entirely of monkeys and bears by 2008 while the payrolls of Wal-Mart and several fast food chains including McDonalds and Taco Bell have already been trimmed by 4% as chimpanzees and gorillas begin to replace human workers.