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Guilt trip used as new weapon in war on litter

"I was so disgusted by the litter I had to do something about it," a storekeeper told the <i>Daily Mirror</i>. Her solution: names on snacks.

"I was so disgusted by the litter I had to do something about it," a storekeeper told the Daily Mirror. Her solution: names on snacks.

Litter bugs her

Guilt trip used as new weapon in war on litter

Yvonne Froud claims she has found a way to cut litter in her Gloucestershire, England, village by 40 percent. Froud says that when a child buys snacks in her store, she writes their name on it. If she finds litter with someone's name on it, that person is banned from the store. "I was so disgusted by the litter I had to do something about it," Froud told the Daily Mirror. It was unclear if more than 40 percent of the litter in the village was actually coming from young snackers at Froud's store, but maybe responsibility was contagious.

Time capsules

Blast from the past: financial trouble

Officials in Santa Fe, N.M., planning festivities for the city's 400th anniversary were looking forward to finding a time capsule that their forefathers buried as part of the celebration for the 350th anniversary. First they had to find it. In the search, they found a 1964 story in the Santa Fe New Mexican that suggested it had never been buried. In fact, it was still in a back room buried only under a bunch of junk. And it didn't have any historical artifacts in it. Apparently, the party for the 350th was so expensive, the city ran out of money before they filled the capsule. "Those were days of confusion, days of chaos," then-Mayor Leo Murphy said in the 1964 article. "I was more interested in getting some friends to sign a note with me to cover the deficit the celebration ran up than I was in what happened to the capsule."

Driving lessons

Rule No. 1: Avoid incoming planes

A man in Legazpi City, Philippines, thought that an unused runway would be an excellent place to teach his girlfriend how to drive. And he would have been right, too, if the runway he chose was, in fact, not being used. But when a Cebu Pacific plane with 80 passengers tried to land on the runway, it had the potential to be a huge problem. The pilot managed to pull back up and make it over the van and is a hero. "That van could have turned us into a fireball had I not successfully aborted landing," pilot Christopher Nowioki told the Philippine Star. The man was the son of the airport manager. Well, now the former airport manager.


Councils to eliminate meaningless words

Town councils in Britain were advised some time ago to cease and desist from using legalese. With that battle behind it, the Local Government Association is decommisionifying 100 words that don't really exist except in government reports, which they officially categorize as gobbledygook. Beaconicity and rebaselining. Funding stream and gateway review. "It does not mean anything," LGA leader Richard Stokoe told the Daily Telegraph.

Compiled from Times wire services and other sources by staff writer Jim Webster, who can be reached at

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