It must be true…
I read it in the tabloids
A North Carolina girl’s message in a bottle has been recovered by a woman in Ireland. After a ship captain placed Laura Terry’s bottle into the Gulf Stream current 40 miles off the U.S. coast as part of her fourth-grade science project, it took 15 months to travel 3,700 miles to Doohoma Beach, where Bridie Patten found it. “I kind of thought it would sink,” said Laura, 9. “I was so happy, like is this really true?”
A brigade of eight firefighters needed 25 minutes to free a chubby rat that had gotten stuck in a manhole cover. The drama began when two children in the German city of Bensheim discovered the portly critter and phoned animal control. The fire brigade was soon summoned. “The rat had quite a lot of winter fat and got stuck at its hips,” said rescuer Michael Sehr. Animal control’s Andreas Steinbach said that as the rat was freed, it “took a small look back,” as if to say, “Thank you very much, and yes, I know I have to diet.”
A robot monk is now preaching at an ancient Buddhist temple in Japan. The Android Kannon is programmed to deliver sermons from the Heart Sutras at Kyoto’s Kodaiji temple. The humanoid stands nearly 6½ feet tall and has flesh-like silicon covering its face, hands, and shoulders. Temple priests commissioned it from a local university at a cost of nearly $1 million. “We want many people to come and see the robot and to think about the essence of Buddhism,” said Tensho Goto, a priest.