It wasn’t all bad
It took 131 years, but the world’s oldest message in a bottle has finally made it to shore. Tonya Illman was walking on a beach near her home in Western Australia when she stumbled upon a vintage gin bottle. Tucked inside was a damp scroll detailing the location and year the bottle was dropped: Makassar, Indonesia, 1886. Illman brought the artifact to the Western Australian Museum, where experts confirmed it was tossed overboard as part of an oceanic study by the German Naval Observatory. “I can’t wait to share our excitement with others,” says Illman, who loaned the treasure to the museum for public viewing.
A heavy snowstorm that brought much of Scotland to a standstill last week couldn’t stop one surgeon from doing her job. After waking at her snow-covered Glasgow home, Lindsey Chisholm realized she couldn’t drive to her hospital in Paisley 8 miles away, where she was scheduled to operate on a colon cancer patient. So Chisholm put on her winter gear and trudged through the snow for nearly three hours. “When she walked in, my heart took a wee jump,” says patient Iain McAndrew. “If there is a real-life superwoman, she is it.”
A Texas waitress who helped an elderly diner has been rewarded with a college scholarship. Evoni Williams, 18, was working the breakfast shift at the Waffle House in La Marque when the elderly man timidly asked if she could cut his ham. She happily sliced up his meal, and another customer secretly filmed the tender moment and uploaded it to Facebook, where it went viral. La Marque’s mayor established a day in Williams’ name, but the highest honor came from Texas Southern University President Austin A. Lane, who wrote the teen a scholarship check for $16,000. “I was raised to help,” says Williams.
Cover illustration by Fred Harper.
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