A. A Slight Case of Overcharging 1. "Record electricity bill shock" <http://www.aftenposten.no/english/local/article476134.ece> "The bill - for two months - was NOK 7.6 million (USD 1.1 million)" 2. "Computer error means £2.3 trillion electricity bill" <http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_756911.html> "The demand for £2,320,333,681,613 was supposed to be for electricity supplied to Mr Law's new home at Fartown, Huddersfield" 3. "Couple swimming in $7.7 million water bill" <http://www.brudirect.com/DailyInfo/News/Archive/Jan04/120104/wn02.htm> "A Texas couple needed a drink after they got a water bill for $7,714,510.21 instead of the usual $50 or $60" 4. "Patient billed $1100 for 5min visit" [expired link] <http://www.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,9099746%255E421,00.html> "A Serpentine mother has been billed $1100 by a doctor for a five-minute visit while she was in labour - even though he did not deliver the baby" 5. "Lawyer sends £1.5m bill for one hour's work" <http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_1139923.html> "A self-employed German who earns just £12,000 pounds a year has been landed with a £1.5 million pound legal bill after asking a lawyer to do a few minutes work" B. November Postings Reprised [World Wide Waits] * "Schoolboy query taxed British officials for years" <http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200411/s1232964.htm> "It was only a simple query in a school test - why does Britain's tax year start on April 5? But according to a report on Monday, the question took Britain's Inland Revenue's best minds a full seven years to answer" * "Couple forgot to pick up wedding album - for 15 years" <http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_1189871.html> "A Malaysian couple forgot to pick up their wedding album until they had been married for 15 years" [Possible Overreactions] * "Poor table manners lead to stabbings" <http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory?id=284328> "A man was charged with stabbing two relatives after they allegedly criticized his table manners during Thanksgiving dinner" * "Cabbie killed unruly passenger" <http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/WeirdNews/2004/11/08/705889.html> "A taxi driver killed a drunken passenger when the man refused to get out of his cab" * "Fight over car doors cited in killing" <http://www.denverpost.com/Stories/0,1413,36%257E53%257E2537292,00.html> "A dented vehicle door led to a homicide Saturday night in the parking lot of an Aurora Blockbuster video store" [Not-So-Small Change] * "Ohio man sets record for most pennies collected" <http://www.axcessnews.com/national_111604e.shtml> "A 78-year old man from Ohio has set a new national record for the most pennies collected, weighing in at 3.5 tons, he cashed in a total of 1,048,013 pennies, or $10,480.13" [Airport Dramas] * "Airline stowaway proves a hard rat to track" <http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200411/s1243932.htm> "A China Eastern Airlines passenger jet flying a daily route between Shanghai and Singapore was grounded for three days as crews tried to locate and exterminate a stowaway rat" * "Pregnant baboon runs loose at Houston airport" <http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/news/bizarre/111104_sn_baboon.html> "A pregnant baboon being loaded on a Continental Airlines plane at Bush Intercontinental Airport Wednesday briefly escaped when the door to her cage opened" * "'Doofus' travellers carrying saws, mines" <http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/WeirdNews/2004/11/23/727821-ap.html> "Many air travellers in the United States apparently still haven't understood the word about leaving their handguns and knives behind when they go to the airport - not to mention chainsaws, landmines and gunpowder, too" [World Toilet Day] * "Eminem's bathroom bother" <http://www.eircomhosting.ie/content/bang/eNews/4490332?view=Standard> "Eminem was stunned when a huge minder knocked a wall onto him while he was on the toilet" * "Soft, strong but a long time to go away - how loo paper puts a strain on the system" <http://www.timesonline.co.uk/printFriendly/0,,1-2-1369346-2,00.html> "The pampered posteriors of Britain's bathrooms are placing an increasing strain on plumbers as ever-kinder toilet tissues block up the nation's drains" [Take Your Time - Late Mail II] * "Letter 286 years late" <http://www.news24.com/News24/Backpage/Offbeat/0,,2-1343-1347_1626234,00.html> "A letter that landed in the wrong box 286 years ago finally reached the right address in Germany on Wednesday after an expert decoded the ornate handwriting"
Tuesday, November 30, 2004
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