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Emergencies really can ruin a fireman's day

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Emergencies really can ruin a fireman's day

Everyone can pretty much get behind the heroic firefighter. The person who puts the plight of others before even their own safety. The person who runs into a burning building. Completely selfless, right? Meet Mike Sabz. The firefighter in Cardigan, Wales, spent a recent morning doing heroic things, according to the Sun, then posted his thoughts on the matter on his Facebook page. "I am grumpy, tired, and so would you be if you had to put up with the sub human scum that I have had to endure this morning," he wrote, according to a complaint against him. "I mean how hard is it to not set fire to your house? Do they not know I need my sleep!" Sabz was disciplined, but his supervisors would not say how, except that he was not fired.

Literature

Survey: British 'readers' are liars

Organizers of World Book Day surveyed 1,342 people in Britain about their reading resume. The survey, as reported by the Daily Telegraph, determined that 31 percent of the people who claimed to have read War and Peace had not. Even worse was 1984, which 42 percent of the people who said they had had not. And 24 percent lied about reading the Bible. One theory is that people lie about what they've read to attract potential mates. What the survey did not address is why the surveyors would believe people who were admitting to be liars.

That stinks

Zoo's doo a little rotten this season

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports that the Woodland Park Zoo has been forced to cancel its semiannual Zoo Doo, a popular sale of fecal compost, due to high levels of herbicide found in the manure. Thus, they are helping area gardeners avoid killing the plants they are trying to fertilize, which is an excellent customer service. Gardeners enter a lottery for a chance to buy about 1 million pounds of poo from the zoo each year. The zoo promises it will return to its high quality product for the fall sale.

DIY don'ts

Man fixes condo, if only it was his

Jonathon Kyte of Denver has put $30,000 into fixing up his new condo, which was Unit 4. So imagine his surprise when he learned that he actually owns Unit 5. "I froze, I just pointed at it," Kyte told KDVR-TV. "We were just speechless." Suddenly, all the people who were eager for him to buy — the listing agent, the title company — are avoiding his phone calls. Excellent chance he will make all that money back when a real estate attorney hires him for the "don't do what I did" commercial. Meanwhile, he is a squatter in the nicest condo in the building, while his legal residence remains a dump.

Compiled from Times wire services and other sources by staff writer Jim Webster, who can be reached at jwebster@sptimes.com.

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