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Cheese Curls Helped One Man Avoid Work

According to Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Tom Colella, 60, was fired from his job in Australia last year after he was dodging work to spend time golfing. This month a workplace tribunal called the Fair Work Commission found that the electrician had been fired for good cause: He had been ditching work while on the clock.

But how did he get away with it for so long?

Colella turned an empty bag of Twisties cheese curls into a Faraday cage.

A Faraday cage blocks electromagnetic fields. 19th century scientist Michael Faraday found that an enclosure lined with conductive material, such as the foil-lined interior of the snack bag can keep charges out.

Colella used the knowledge as a way to block signals to his company-mandated, GPS-enabled personal digital assistant which tracked his movement. In other words, he put GPS in a bag of Australian Cheetos to keep his bosses from tracking his whereabouts while he went golfing.

For the time being Colella, appears to be working as an Uber driver.

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Couple REALLY Loves the Olive Garden

She can be grateful her parents didn’t go to Buca di Beppo.

ABC News reports that Justin and Jordan Garton, of Fort Smith, are Arkansas natives who grew up going to Olive Garden and have decided to name their first child, due next month, Olivia Garton.

Olivia’s mother-to-be, Jordan, 26, said, “I’m only the third generation on my dad’s side to be born in America, I just love Italian food and growing up in Arkansas that’s pretty much one of the only Italian places that we ever got to go.”

In 2015, after they got married, the Gartons bought a “never ending pasta pass” from Olive Garden. The pass allows customers to have unlimited pasta at their local Olive Garden for a limited time.

Justin, 28, said, “We committed to eating there every day for six or seven weeks to get our money’s worth. It saved us several hundred dollars when we really needed it.”

When Jordan got pregnant, they immediately looked to give their daughter a name with Italian origins.

They passed on Olive Garton, figuring it would be too much of a pun and worried their daughter would be bullied. So they chose Olivia.

Jordan said, “We were able to make the joke, but a little more subtle, and it’s still a pretty name. It was definitely an easy decision.”

A tweet from Justin caught the eye of Olive Garden officials. They plan to send food and gifts when Olivia arrives.

An Olive Garden spokeswoman said, “We couldn’t have been more thrilled upon hearing about the Garton’s growing family. We always love hearing the unique ways our guests have been able to connect with Olive Garden, and we can’t wait to meet baby Olivia.”

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Naked Drunk Couple Having Sex While Driving with a 3 Month Old in Backseat

KOMO reports that a Washington couple were involved in a car accident Thanksgiving eve.

According to the State Patrol, the unidentified man and woman were naked and having sex while driving on State Route 7 with their baby in the back seat.

The crash occurred near La Grande around 6 p.m. when the man, who was driving, missed a curve, went off the road right into a tree.

Witnesses told police both members of the couple were naked when they got out of the car.

Police said they were also both impaired.

The woman, who wasn’t wearing a seatbelt, was taken to the hospital with several broken bones. The 3-month-old child in the back seat was not injured.

The man, whom police say has three prior DUI convictions, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, vehicular assault and child endangerment.

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Bathroom Break Leads To $50,000 Lottery Win

A bathroom break is paying off big for a Maryland man. State lottery officials say the man was on his way to work Monday morning when he made a pit stop at a Baltimore gas station. On his way out, he bought a couple scratch off lottery tickets, and he scratched the first ticket to reveal a 50-thousand dollar prize. For good measure, he won another 100-dollars with the second ticket. The man said his winnings will go toward giving his three kids an extra special Christmas and a family vacation.

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Speeding Ticket Given To Couple Rushing To Hospital To Give Birth

Police in New Jersey say going into labor is no excuse for speeding. They’re defending a decision to issue a speeding ticket to a Lakewood man who was rushing his pregnant wife to a hospital just minutes before she gave birth, saying the man was going 78 miles an hour in a 50 mile per hour zone. The unidentified man told the officer that his wife’s doctor had warned him to rush her immediately to the hospital if she goes into labor because she would likely give birth right away. The woman’s husband says police took 15 minutes to process his license and registration and says she delivered their baby 20 minutes after they made it to the hospital.

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Tony Stewart Gets Engaged

Long-time bachelor Tony Stewart is engaged to be married. The NASCAR Cup Series driver and co-owner of Stewart-Haas Racing posted a picture of fiancee Pennelope Jimenez’s ring-adorned hand on Thanksgiving Day, with the caption: “She said YES!”

Stewart, 46, and Jiminez have been together since 2016. The bachelor had long joked he would never get married, but he’s clearly met the right woman.

Congratulations to the happy couple.

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Tips for Navigating Thanksgiving Dinner Conversation

Perhaps the most daunting thing about Thanksgiving is not navigating the travel, the traffic or the mountains of food, but rather navigating the dinner conversation while keeping the peace.

“Remember that you can endure just about anything for one day, and that includes uncomfortable family settings,” Sharon Schweitzer, founder of Protocol & Etiquette Worldwide, told ABC News. “Keep your head high and let any annoyances roll off your back rather than letting them provoke you into an argument.

She added, “If possible, seat yourself with family with whom you can share a pleasant conversation without unwanted interjections, and focus on enjoying the celebrations rather than avoiding particular people.”

Schweitzer shared with ABC News her expert tips for keeping the peace at the holiday dinner table:

* Stick with neutral conversational starters that won’t provoke a heated debate, such as sports, movies or upcoming holiday plans, Schweitzer suggests. “When you steer clear of hot topics such as politics or religion, you reduce the risk of clashing opinions.”

* Select seats carefully:  “If you’re hosting the event, consider a seating arrangement to avoid age-old disputes between Cousin Nancy and Uncle Ned,” she said. “Seat guests in conflict on opposite ends of the table, and place yourself near the center so that you can mediate the conversation if needed.”

*Avoid “taboo topics. “These include:

Politics: “For those with strong opinions, remember there is a time and place for everything.”

Prying Questions: “While you may mean well by asking when your niece is planning to have children, or inquiring about someone’s relationship status, personal questions push all the wrong buttons,” Schweitzer said.

Religion: “If you know you’re hosting guests with varying belief systems, avoid aggravating any tension by asking about the last time they went to church.”

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It’s the Business Bandit

Police in Florida and the FBI are on the lookout for a well-dressed bank robber they have dubbed the Business Bandit, reports the Sun Sentinel.

According to the FBI, the sharp-dressed man allegedly committed three bank robberies near Boca Raton and in Palm Beach Gardens over a ten day span this month.

He hit a Sun Trust bank on November 7, a PNC bank on November 10, and he added a dark sport jacket to his attire when he knocked off a Wells Fargo Bank on November 17.

He usually wears a white button down shirt, a dark tie and slacks. He also wears a newsboy cap and either eyeglasses or sunglasses and clear plastic gloves presumably to keep the gun he carries free of fingerprints.  The man also has a mustache and a goatee.

The FBI considers this suspect armed and dangerous, and they urge anyone with information about the Business Bandit’s identity to contact the FBI.