It wasn’t all bad
An Australian family out for a Mother’s Day walk quite literally struck gold last week. The father was with his two daughters and their dog, appropriately named Lucky, when one of the girls kicked what looked like a yellowish rock. “She then goes, ‘Dad, is this gold?’” said the father, who asked to remain anonymous. “I said, ‘I think it might be.’” They took the 20-ounce nugget to be valued and discovered it was worth more than $24,000—enough to help the family with some current financial difficulties. “It couldn’t be better timing,” said the dad.
Tshering: Political operator
From Monday to Friday, Lotay Tshering works as prime minister of Bhutan. But on Saturdays, the elected leader of the tiny Himalayan kingdom puts on a white coat and heads to the operating room at the National Referral Hospital. Tshering, 50, who was elected in November and is regarded as one of the country’s top surgeons, says being a prime minister is much like being a doctor: in one role he tries to improve the nation’s health; in the other, the health of patients. The prime minister says he can’t imagine ever giving up surgery, which he says is a great de-stresser. “Some people play golf,” he said. “I like to operate.”
Gabe Castellanos was celebrating his 38th birthday next to New York City’s East River when he spotted a dog struggling in the water some 250 feet from shore. The pooch, named Harper, had jumped in after her dog walker was lightly hit by a taxi, spooking the animal. Castellanos stripped down to his underwear, put on a life vest, and swam out to Harper. But as he reached for the scared dog, it bit him on the jaw, cracking his two front teeth. Undeterred, the birthday boy wrapped his arm around Harper and brought her safely back to land. Castellanos didn’t begrudge Harper for nipping him, joking, “I needed teeth work anyway.” ■