In pristine condition
Lost phone goes from Okla. to Japan and back
Oklahoma farmer Kevin Whitney thought his iPhone was lost for good when it fell into a grain elevator last year. Eight months later, his phone was returned unscathed after a trip to Japan. Whitney, the manager of the Apache Farmers Co-Op in Chickasha, Okla., lost his phone in October after it slipped out of his shirt pocket as he was unloading grain from a truck into a silo. "I knew it was lost forever and there was no retrieving the thing," said Whitney, 53. The loss of the phone was tough: Pictures of family from his daughter's wedding and vacation were stored on it. A worker at a grain mill in Japan found the phone, and in May it was returned to a grain facility in Convent, La., which is where the phone landed after leaving Oklahoma and before heading to Hokkaido, Japan. Whitney was shocked the phone made it through such an ordeal in pristine condition. "It's crazy because everyone's walking around with a cracked iPhone," he said. Eric Slater, manager of the grain depot in Convent, said it's not uncommon for cellphones to accidentally fall into grain shipments. "Frankly, I field about a phone a month."
Smelling a rat
Centenarian gets best of fraudster
A 100-year-old German woman was too sharp for a would-be trickster. Police in Berlin said Tuesday they have arrested a 31-year-old man on suspicion of attempted fraud after being tipped off by the quick-witted retiree. The woman had smelled a rat when she received a call Sunday offering to check her electrical appliances. She accepted the offer, then alerted the police. They arrested the man when he showed up.
A queen is crowned
Mud, mud and even more mud
Mud Day was even muddier than usual this year in the Detroit suburb of Westland. A steady rain drenched hundreds of kids and parents Tuesday as they played in a 75-by-150-foot mud pit during the 26th annual event at a park. Jillian Palshan, 9, was rewarded for covering herself in the brown stuff: "Queen of Mud." This was the best Mud Day ever, Jillian said. Why? "Because I'm mud queen!" she said, beaming.
Compiled from wire services