Ho, ho, ho
Photo shoot goes bad when kitty claws Claus
A New Jersey PetSmart store arranged to have Santa come to the store and take photos with pets. Someone brought in a very large kitty, and that kitty was big and not crazy about the dogs in the store. One person thought it was a bobcat. "It had absolutely huge paws, like 3 inches around," said Joan Kerr, a witness. When Santa was holding it, it got spooked and bit Santa on the wrist and hand. The owner grabbed the cat, assured Santa that it was properly vaccinated, and bolted. Santa, whose street name is Jonathan Bebbington, was afraid he would have to start rabies treatment and postpone his holiday vacation, but Christine Haughey came forward with the papers to prove her pixie-bob, a bobcat-like domesticated cat, was legal and up to date.
Style over substance
Symbols look good, mean bad things
The Max Planck Institute in Germany thought it would be cool to put a bunch of Chinese characters on the cover of the latest edition of its academic journal. People with the institute who claimed to know what they meant deemed them "uncontroversial." Then the journal was printed, 55,000 copies, and handed out to guest professors from China. Turns out, the symbols were sexually suggestive and represented "an employment ad for young women that points in a very specific direction." Something to remember when you go in for a trendy tattoo.
Return of the rings
35 years later, it was where she left it
Carys Williams finally got her ring back, 35 years after she lost it. She always knew where she lost it, at the Moriah Chapel in Gwyddelwern, Wales, reports the North Wales Post. She was in Sunday school just a couple of weeks after getting it for her 16th birthday when it fell off and went beneath the floorboards. She was driving by the church recently and saw it was being torn down, so she asked if she could have a look around. Workers said no, but they would look for the ring, mostly to get rid of her. But a worker kept an eye out for it, and there it was. "I don't think I will ever take it off again," she said.
18 months later, the ring is in the mail
Betty Ghio of Houston got her ring back, too. Her Texas A&M class ring was stolen from her car in June 2007. Last month, she got a plain brown envelope in the mail and opened it to find her ring. A note with it explained that a friend who worked in maintenance in an apartment building found it after renters had moved out, and tracked Ghio down by the inscription. "I believe things happen for a reason," Ghio said. "I'm not sure why this happened, but there's a reason." No doubt.
Compiled from Times wire services and other sources by staff writer Jim Webster, who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.