Japan's National Space Development Agency will suspend its blast testing of rocket-thrust explosives in Hokkaido because they are suspected of having scared to death 500 chickens at nearby farms, the Asahi Shimbun reported. About 100,000 small yellow plastic ducks were dumped from two cranes into the River Avon in Bath at the world's largest plastic duck race this week. An entry fee of GBP1 (about HK$12.57) was paid by competitors in the one-kilometre charity race. The sponsor of the winning duck received a holiday package in Iceland to observe some of the world's rarest ducks, while the runner-up got a ticket to Florida for a holiday, including a visit to Disney World and a personal meeting with Donald Duck. John Denver, 52, thought it was a huge joke to enter a John Denver look-alike contest in Lake Tahoe, California. Using the alias Bob Matthews, he sang his hit song Take Me Home, Country Road, but the judges were unimpressed and gave him third prize. A Brazilian lottery ticket vendor said he owed his life to his faith in God and four small coins he was carrying in a breast pocket, which blocked a bullet fired by a man trying to rob his store. 'These coins are blessed,' said Raimundo Dias Carneiro, a middle-aged vendor in Sao Paulo. He said that two armed men approached his booth and demanded his money. Carneiro told the men not to shoot but when he opened the door to let them in, one fired his pistol. Fortunately, the bullet struck the coins, preventing it from entering Carneiro's body. He pushed the two men into his booth and ran into the street. Both men were later arrested by police. Mother's Day was extra special this year for an American woman nursing her second set of newly-born triplets. Paula Robinson, 34, had her first set of triplets - two girls and a boy - 12 years ago, and the second set - two boys and a girl - arrived on May 9 in Baltimore. Robinson, who runs a day-care centre, called the babies' arrival 'the greatest gift of all'.