For those who know Chicago’s reputationNovember 23, 2015 at 5:12 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
Odd news from around the world
You can win sometimes!: “A shopper who ordered baby wipes online from Asda’s home delivery service received an unusual but bargain substitution – a bottle of whisky. The man, from Plymouth, Devon, put the £6 fragranced wipes on his shopping list but they were apparently unavailable when the staff at the store put together his home delivery order. Instead it was substituted with a ‘similar’ product – an £18.50 bottle of Bell’s whisky. When the receipt was posted online, it was retweeted thousands of times, with people sharing their own funny substitution stories. Parent Gavin Mills understood the logic of the substitution. He said: ‘If we ran out of baby wipes I’d probably hit the whisky too.’ Asda said it had since spoken to the customer and arranged for the wipes to be delivered and staff in the local branch would be given further training on substituted items. A spokesperson added: ‘The customer was happy with this and even happier to keep the whisky.’
Massive hoard of 4,000 Roman coins unearthed in Switzerland after lying undisturbed under a cherry tree for 1,700 years: “A trove of more than 4,000 bronze and silver coins dating back to Ancient Rome was uncovered by a Swiss fruit-and-vegetable farmer in his cherry orchard. The hoard has been described as one of the biggest finds of this kind ever to be unearthed in Switzerland. Buried some 1,700 years ago, the coins collectively weigh 33lbs (15kg). A farmer made the spectacular discovery back in July, when he spotted a molehill with some shimmering green coins on his land in Ueken. He contacted the regional archaeological service and his suspicions were confirmed. After months of discrete excavations, the service announced yesterday a total of 4,166 coins had been found in excellent condition. The imprints on the coins remain legible, which has allowed experts to confirm they date back to the reign of Emperor Aurelian who was in power from 170 to 275AD and Emperor Maximillian, from 286 to 305AD.”
British delivery man surprises customer by leaving his parcel waiting for him on the ROOF: “When you’re waiting for a parcel to be delivered, the last place you would expect to have to look for it is on the roof. But that’s exactly where Ajmal Aziz found his long-awaited delivery, with an apologetic note stuffed through the letter box. A hilarious photograph that has gone viral on social media shows Ajmal’s parcel teetering precariously in his gutter after the unsuccessful delivery. A second snapshot, uploaded by Ajmal, shows the deliveryman’s bizarrely cryptic explanation. ‘I have left your parcel in a safe location as requested by the sender,’ the form reads. In response, the deliveryman wrote ‘Sorry. Top of your roof’. Ajmal later confirmed that the driver had attempted to throw the parcel through the window but missed, leaving it stranded on the roof. The Yodel driver then returned to the house with a ladder to retrieve the most likely damaged parcel.
King of Sweden calls for a ban on BATHS!: “The King of Sweden has called for a ban on baths to help save the environment. King Carl XVI Gustaf, who once had a reputation as a lothario and is now a staunch environmentalist, said he realised how much water and energy they used when he was recently staying somewhere without a shower. The 69-year-old ‘green king’ told Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet: ‘It hit me how much water and energy it used. ‘I thought “I can’t believe I’m having to do this”. I felt quite ashamed.’ Apparently in jest, he added: ‘We should ban all baths.’ Much like the Prince Charles’s overhaul of Highgrove House with ‘eco toilets’, the Swedish king’s residence has been made greener with environmentally-friendly heating and low-energy lightbulbs. ‘We do what we can here at the palace. It’s an ongoing project trying to save energy, but it isn’t easy in an old property,’ he said.
Woman finds cat covered in concrete: “A mother-of-two was shocked to discover a ginger tom huddled on her front door step, covered from head to toe in concrete. It was only when she got closer that she realised it was actually a cat that was so covered in concrete that it couldn’t even open its eyes. ‘The concrete had started to go rock hard on his back, but his belly was still soaking wet and he could barely open his eyes,’ said Faye, 39. ‘It was all over its face and it was absolutely solid. He couldn’t even move. He was crying a lot and shivering. He was really cold. Faye rushed the stray animal to a nearby vet practice, where he was shaved and had the concrete combed out of his coat. The cat, which has no microchip to identify him and has not been neutered, has now been completely shaved. He is currently staying with the vet who cared for him and is on his way to making a full recovery.
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