A Florida man dining on a dish of steamed clams found something hard, thought he lost a tooth, and discovered instead that he nearly swallowed a rare purple pearl. “What are the odds of finding this?” asked George Brock, after his discovery of the pea-size pearl while dining at Dave’s Last Resort and Raw Bar in Lake Worth. Experts have told Brock and his wife the pearl may be worth from $1,000 to $20,000, depending on its quality. Since news of the find hit the newspapers, says the general manager of Dave’s, orders of steamed clams have doubled.
Jennifer Aniston is apparently on the hunt for a sperm donor. The 38-year-old actress is “desperate to start a family,” says a friend, but after the failure of her relationships with actors Brad Pitt and Vince Vaughn, has “soured” on the idea of marriage. “Jen’s sizing up the relative qualities of all her male friends,” says the friend. “Once she’s reached a decision, she’ll pop the question to a surprised bachelor, explaining she doesn’t want marriage—just babies.”
A British man has slept in the same room for 100 consecutive years, says the London Sun. Douglas Mathews, who turned 100 on Jan. 5, says he was born in the bedroom back in 1908, used it as a child, then shared it with wife Mabel, whom he married in 1934, and who died in 1996. “I stayed in the same room because it’s the best one,” Mathews explained. “And at my age, I’ve no intention of changing bedrooms now.”