It must be true... I read it in the tabloids
■ An Ontario recycling-plant worker found bundles of $50 bills hidden inside a discarded TV set. Rick De schamps, general manager of the electronics-processing firm, said a female employee had been disassembling the TV when she “came running up with this security cashbox and she goes, ‘I found $10,000!’ I opened it up and I saw four bundles of $50 bills and I went, ‘I think that’s more.’” The stash amounted to more than $75,000 in U.S. currency. Documents inside the cashbox led police to its rightful owner, who said he’d inherited the money, stashed it inside the TV for safekeeping, then forgot about it.
■ A 13-year-old Palestinian boy last week broke the world record for most full-body revolutions in one minute while maintaining a chest stand. Mohammed Alsheikh of Gaza earned an entry in Guinness World Records by “running” his feet around his body 38 times in Amman, Jordan. He smashed the previous world record of 29, set by a noted British circus contortionist. Alsheikh, who was born with an extremely flexible spine and practices for hours every day, said his “dream for the future is to be famous and well known throughout the world.”
■ A Pennsylvania man returned a library book his father took out 75 years ago, which had amassed a $554 late fee. Robert Lockman_Jr. found a copy of Val Rides the Oregon Trail in his basement and saw that his late father had checked it out on Dec._2, 1941, five days before Pearl Harbor. Lockman quickly returned the volume to the library in Wilkes-Barre. “My dad was an honest guy,” he says. “That’s what he would have done.” He admits he did wonder “if they’re going to want the fine!” But librarians laughed it off. ■