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Telephone operators circa 1952. Image: Seattle Municipal Archives via Wikimedia Commons.
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Co-Workers Argue Over Lottery Prize

A group of co-workers at Bell Canada won $50-million in the lottery on New Year’s. However, they’re fighting about who chipped in for the Lotto Max ticket—and therefore who is entitled to a share of the winnings.
One woman in the office organized the lottery pool. Each month about 19 people put in $20 for lottery tickets. She says she has a list of who paid and who didn’t.
But some people who regularly go in on the pool are upset that they won’t get any of the money.

Image: LuckyLouie, Wikimedia Commons
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Homeless Man Has Golden Voice

The man has a voice of velvet: deep, rich and resonant. It’s a voice many radio announcers would love to have. A beautiful voice.

His name is Ted Williams. He is 53 years old, and he is homeless. He begs for money at the side of the highway in a town in Ohio.

But that is about to change for the better.

Image: Wikimedia Commons; Robert Redden, Redden Archives
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Bus Driver Leaves Passengers Overnight

Imagine going on a long trip on a bus… and then the bus pulls over… and the driver gets out… and checks into a hotel room!

That’s what happened in a small town in Northern Ontario recently. More than 100 passengers were stuck on the Greyhound bus for more than 14 hours.

They were heading west from White River, Ont., when they pulled into a gas station. The driver got out and told the passengers to “sit tight.” Then he checked into a hotel.

Message in a bottle
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Message in a bottle

Talk about a slow postal system. More than two years ago, Cally Rumbolt’s father put a note in a bottle and set it adrift off the shores of the Grand Banks of Newfoundland. This year, Sofi-Ona Hamer fished it out of the North Atlantic Ocean near Scotland. Cally’s dad is a fisherman, and in 2007 and 2008 he sent dozens of notes in bottles overboard in the hopes that someone would find them, and send a note to Cally.

Oxford’s Save the Words project
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Oxford’s Save the Words project

Saving words from “extinction.” What would you do if someone called you a “snollygoster”? Would you feel flattered or insulted? “Snollygoster” isn’t a word you hear every day. In fact, almost no one uses it anymore. And that’s the problem, […]

A Royal Wedding
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A Royal Wedding

He’s second in line to the British throne. She works for a children’s party-supplies store. They recently got engaged, and it’s likely that one day he will be King of England and she will be his Queen. Prince William proposed […]

The police in Manchester, UK, work really hard.
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Manchester Police use Twitter

UK POLICE FORCE TWITTERS FOR ATTENTION The police force in Manchester, UK works really hard. In fact, they get hundreds of emergency calls every hour. Even so, the city councillors wanted to cut the police budget. As many as one […]