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Gaming the System

A weekly roundup of international news oddities

Schemes

A weekly roundup of international news oddities

Metaphorically Speaking

A weekly roundup of international news oddities

Gaming the System

A weekly roundup of international news oddities
The man and his wife got married four times and divorced three times, claiming eight days of leave for each wedding. The bank complained to the city labor department, which sided with the employee and fined the bank about $670 for violating the regulation, sparking public criticism.

Government in Action

A weekly roundup of international news oddities
Authorities in Sri Lanka arrested Caroline Jurie, the reigning Mrs. World, after she snatched the crown from the head of Pushpika De Silva as she was crowned Mrs. Sri Lanka on national television on April 4, allegedly injuring her.

April Fools

A weekly roundup of international news oddities
An April Fools' Day prank went wrong in Wichita, Kansas, on ... April 1, KWCH-TV reported, when Arnthia Willis, 58, called her daughter that morning and said she'd been shot.

Parent of the Year

A weekly roundup of international news oddities
Jose Manuel Navarrete, 25, is being held on $100,000 bond on suspicion of child endangerment in the San Diego Central jail after he carried his 2-year-oldA daughter into the elephant habitat at the San Diego Zoo on March 19, the Associated Press reported.

Can't Help Herself

A weekly roundup of international news oddities
In March, Einstein Cafe, an upscale dessert chain with outlets across the Gulf Arab states, started a fad by selling its thick, milky drinks in plastic baby bottles, complete with nipples.

Names in the News

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Federal Judge Jesse M. Furman ruled in U.S. District Court in Manhattan on Feb. 16 that Citigroup could not expect to receive repayment of nearly $500 million of the $900 million it mistakenly wired to a group of lenders last year after a contractor checked the wrong box on a digital payment form.

Wait, What?

A weekly roundup of international news oddities
The Mirror reported ambergris is highly prized in making perfume, and it might be worth as much as $260,000. "If I really have the genuine ambergris, I can help my community once I find a buyer for it," Niamrin said. "I'm keeping it safe in my house" as she waits for expert confirmation of its authenticity.

Recent Alarming Headlines

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Erik heard his sister's screams and went out to investigate, opening the toilet seat to find "a bear face ... just looking right back up through the hole, right at me," he said.

It's a Dog's Life

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Bill Dorris, a successful Nashville, Tennessee, businessman, was 84 years old when he passed away late last year, WTVF-TV reported, leaving $5 million to his beloved 8-year-old border collie, Lulu.

Bright Idea

A weekly roundup of international news oddities
Parking spots are hard to come by in the snowy West Ridge neighborhood of Chicago, and resident Adam Selzer has become the talk of the town for the novel method he's using to save his spot—freezing pairs of pants and standing them up on the street like traffic cones, WBBM-TV reported.

The Way the World Works

A weekly roundup of international news oddities
After hours of accumulating snow in the New York area, the New York Post reported, Chuck was seen to emerge into bright sunlight with no snow on the ground, his handlers wearing sweatshirts. "So there ya have it, folks, we're gonna have an early spring," announced zoo executive director Ken Mitchell.

Bright Idea

A weekly roundup of international news oddities
Recompose, a company in Kent, Washington, now offers an environmentally friendly alternative to traditional burial n human composting.

Too Hot to Handle

A weekly roundup of international news oddities
The Sun reported on Jan. 18 that a woman in the United Kingdom suffered an "inferno" in her living room after a candle exploded as she was lighting it. Jody Thompson, 50, won the candle, labeled "This Candle Smells Like My Vagina," in an online quiz from Gwyneth Paltrow's Goop website.

The Continuing Crisis

A weekly roundup of international news oddities
Three of the four graves robbed were of members of the armed forces because, Judd said, Lopez told authorities "the spirit is much stronger in a hero" and "it can protect you from evil."

Home of Your Dreams

A weekly roundup of international news oddities
The house for sale at 43 Courthouse Drive in Guildhall, Vermont, has four bedrooms, two bathrooms, an updated kitchen and seven jail cells, complete with barred windows, toilets and cots.

Bright Idea

A weekly roundup of international news oddities
Acting on an anonymous tip, authorities in DeKalb County, Alabama, raided the Rainsville Wastewater Treatment Plant on Dec. 17 and discovered a large illegal winemaking operation that appeared to have been in operation for a long time, reported WHNT.

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