He breathed like a sniper, pushing the shutter release button on his phone camera, just as he exhaled. He took two, three pictures of his entree at the french restaurant, and emailed them to his ex wife. Then he shot a close-up of his attractive and large breasted dinner companion. It too was emailed to his ex. He wanted to show her he still had the stuff, and that he was not pining away because they were divorced.
[This tale is based on an urban myth that was perpetuated on the Internet.]
The reindeer gained momentum, just as the Russian Cargo plane pulled its nose up and closed the rear doors. It was a practical joke gone bad. The plane was to overfly the home of the govenor in Wasila, but was so far off course that the 800 pound reindeer was on its way down from thirty thousand feet, headed for a direct hit on a small Russian, fishing trawler in the Bering Sea.
The planes captain, Yuri Paduchev, was reeling from a gut full of vodka, and his co-pilot, Dimitri was not navigating very well due to his bout of Saturday night flu.
The men on the deck of the trawler swore that that they heard the honking grunts of the reindeer before it landed and passed clear through the deck and out the keel of their craft.
They all survived, since they had just gathered in the wheel house to toast the coming holiday.
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A fragment of a clay tablet from ancient Greece has been serendipitously discovered - and it 'seems to be a 'page' from a bookkeeper’s note pad. Not meant to be saved as a permanent record, it was not baked in a kiln, but ended up in a refuse dump, where a fire hardened the clay for posterity.'
The tablet is 'one of the oldest known examples of writing in mainland Europe, should cast light on the political structure and bureaucratic practices near the beginning of the renowned Mycenaean period, 1600 to 1100 B.C.'
What does it say on it? 'On one side, the tablet has one readable word, a verb meaning to prepare to manufacture. Along the broken edges are other characters, but not enough for scholars to make out the word or words. On the reverse side, the tablet gives a list of men’s names alongside numbers...'The fact that we have a tablet like this means that this government had scribes, and scribes are a product of bureaucracy,'' said Dr. Michael B. Cosmopoulos, an archaeologist and professor of Greek studies at the University of Missouri, St. Louis and director of the excavations. “'And this suggests some degree of political complexity and a growing need to keep track of commodities, property and taxes, all earlier than we once thought.'”