Donkey does the crime, and so it does the time
Last week, an official in Congo ordered the release of a dozen imprisoned goats. A donkey in Egypt was not so lucky. The newspaper al-Ahram reports that a donkey was sentenced to 24 hours in jail for stealing corn from a field of a research center. Officials there began noticing corn was missing, so police set a trap and caught the donkey in the act. He did not act alone, though. A local farmer admitted training the donkey to steal the corn. The farmer was fined $9.50.
This hotel had no turn-down service
A hotel in Turkey was having a problem. Older British ladies were checking into the hotel, and younger male employees were checking them out. "It got beyond a joke," manager Pelin Yucel told the Daily Telegraph. "The last straw was when I caught my bartender coming out of a toilet with a guest. She was embarrassed but he was beaming." Yucel also said she could never reach her night receptionist because he was always in bed with a guest. So she did the only logical thing and fired all the male employees of the 27-room Marmaris, replacing them with women. A recent survey in Britain found that women over 60 were more likely than any other demographic to look for love while away on vacation.
Man plans to climb Everest on 1 wheel
Climbing Mount Everest has been done. But has anyone ever ridden a unicycle up it? Steve Colligan thinks not. So he plans to tackle it, according to Metro.co.uk. His 600-mile ride will take him along the backbone of the Himalayas from Lhasa in Tibet to Kathmandu in Nepal, via Everest base camp. "Most of the riding will be dirt roads," Colligan said, "so I'm taking my distance unicycle, fitted with an off-road tire." Good planning. The trip will include a descent of almost 3 miles. He plans to set out on the 25-day trip next week and hopes to raise money to build a school in Nepal.
They've been a pair for 75 years
J. Gordon and Elizabeth Spendlove of Lakewood, Colo., are having a party this weekend. They will be celebrating their 75th anniversary and their 100th birthdays. No one is more surprised than Gordon. "No, no, I never thought we'd live to be 100," Spendlove told the Denver Post. "It's not all that bad."
They've been apart for 40 years
Christine Orchard, 57, and Chester Locke, 64, plan to get married this year. The pair coupled in the late 1960s, and the resulting pregnancy resulted in Orchard's parents banishing Locke. But Tracey, their now-40-year-old daughter, set out to find her dad recently, and when she did, the sparks with mom were still there. "She's the love of my life, and I couldn't be happier," Locke said.
Compiled from Times wire services and other sources by staff writer Jim Webster, who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.