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The skinny

By Times Wires
Published November 30, 2007


Happy holiday

Her Lost money comes back with public's interest

It was shaping up to be a bad holiday for Mary Olive Corbiere of Montague, Mass., after a delivery truck latched on to her purse and scattered to the winds the $1,100 in cash she had just withdrawn to buy presents. But police asked that the people who collected the money return it, and so far Corbiere has gotten back $1,700. Very little of that money is likely from the stash she lost, as a restaurant took donations to replenish the funds, according to the Recorder of Greenville, Mass. Corbiere says any money she gets above the original amount will go to charity.

Whew! A Loo!

Technology can text you a toilet

If you have to go while on the go in London, the Westminster City Council has a new text-messaging service for you. If you text the word "toilet" to the "SatLav" service, it will text you back with the location of the closest public facility. The service costs about 50 cents and covers the area around the West End, Parliament and Big Ben. Westminster is hoping the service will help cut down on the number of people who don't bother to find a facility and instead use local alleys, leaving behind an estimated 10,000 gallons of urine a year. How they arrived at this estimate is not clear, and no one really wants to know anyway.

Rock the vote

Take one to help achieve an election

Thai political races have long been marred by vote buying, such that campaigns are now not only barred from handing over the typical wads of cash, but also T-shirts and cans of soda. But now a party campaigner is claiming that a candidate was seen passing out Viagra to elderly male voters. "I think this is a very bad way of vote-buying," said Sayan Nopcha, whose brother is a candidate for the People's Power Party, or as it is popularly known - not kidding here - the PPP. He would not identify the candidate. In Thailand, both the supplier and the recipient can face criminal charges in such situations.


Better than dying, but it's pretty close

Manish Rajpurohit was riding the bus in Andrha Pradesh, India, when it crashed. He was hit in the head with a four-foot safety rail, and the rest of this item is not intended for the squeamish: The rail went into his forehead and came out the back of his head, then it went into the seat, pinning him to it. "I was stuck there crying 'Help me!' as loud as I could," he said. Which is good news, because the alternative would be that he wasn't able to cry. "It missed every vital part of his brain," said Dr. Sharan Patil, which may or may not have been a very nice thing to say. After rescuers cut the rail, he had to walk to a rickshaw, which he rode for an hour to get to the ambulance, which he rode for three hours to get to the hospital, where they finally took it out. He made it.

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

[Last modified November 30, 2007, 01:36:29]

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