Beer for My Horses, Biowillie for My Tank

Willie Nelson’s music has powered many a long haul, and now Bio Willie diesel fuel can do the same.

The singer, whose “Beer for My Horses” duet with Toby Keith was named 2004 Video of the Year by the Academy of Country Music, founded Willie Nelson’s Biodiesel with “the idea of doing something useful for the country, the American family farmer, the economy and the environment,” according to

Nelson’s partners include Carl Cornelius, operator of Carl’s Corner on I-35E south of Dallas, where BioWillie is sold. Made mainly from soybeans, the fuel is used in Nelson’s trucks and tour buses.

Trucker William Whittington of Dobson, N.C., reports that he owns a cat with two tongues that recently was featured in the “Ripley’s Believe It Or Not!” comic strip.

The Burmese mix is named Five Toes because she has an extra toe on each paw. She isn’t named Two Tongues because she was 4 years old before Whittington’s wife, Delores, noticed the cat’s more striking anomaly. Her husband soon saw it for himself.

“In the middle of the night, I woke up, and on my way to the bathroom, I saw Five Toes licking herself with her two tongues,” Whittington says. “A very bizarre and eerie sight to see, especially in the dark.”

Owner-operator David “Spanky” Swain of Hannibal, Mo., is featured in a new book about American speech, Do You Speak American? by Robert MacNeil and William Cran. (He’s also in the companion PBS television miniseries; see this site.)

When he’s talking to other truckers, the language experts point out, Swain speaks the dialect known as Inland Southern – or, as Swain calls it, “real country.”

When his fiancee told him he used a different accent on the CB, he was surprised. “It’s that CB slang, I guess,” he says. “All over the country, truckers pretty much sound the same way.”

“C’mon, honey, relax. Smile. Pretend you’re having a good time. Don’t let the 45 minutes I spent on makeup this morning go to waste.”
– Actress and model LeeAnne Locken, coaxing shy truckers into wearing Peterbilt pins at the Mid-America Trucking Show.