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Wacky But True Burglar Story

A Florida woman said she woke up to find an alleged burglar in her home. As soon as she saw him she called police, then waited patiently. The burglar was asleep on her couch, he was covered up with a blanket, and had an open beer on her coffee table.

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Deadly Job

Garbage collection is one of the deadliest jobs you can have. Thanks mostly to impatient drivers who whip around stopped collection trucks and run into trash collectors, garbage collecting is riskier than piloting airplanes and almost three times as dangerous as driving a cab. Researchers said the only riskier jobs are fishing, with 178 deaths per 100,000, and timber cutting, with 156 per 10,000. The rate of deaths for garbage collectors is 90 per 100,000.

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Library Receives WAY Overdue Book

Pretty much all of us have been guilty at least once of not returning a book to the library on time. But pretty much none of us have ever been this overdue.

Last month, the Silver Spring branch of Maryland’s Rockville County Public Library system received the return of a clearly well-loved copy of the children’s book The Postman, by author Charlotte Kuh. As described on the library system’s Facebook page, a letter accompanying the book revealed that the sender’s parents had first checked it out for her when she was two or three years old — in 1946.

That’s right — the book was 73 years overdue.

“[T]he family had to move on short notice and the book was packed up with the rest of their things,” the library writes, explaining how the book had become overlooked, and then apparently lost.

“Welcome home dear book,” the post concludes. “Good thing we no longer charge late fines for children’s material!”

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Wacky But True: Man Loses It Over Eaten Pretzels

A man in the UK was waiting for his car to be repaired when he opened up a bag of pretzels. Halfway through the bag he had to use the restroom. When he came back he discovered his pretzel bag was empty. The four other people in the repair shop waiting area wouldn’t say who ate the guy’s pretzels, so he picked up his chair and threw it through the repair shop’s front glass window. Police were called and the man was arrested.

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No Such Thing as Mid-Life Crisis

Forget about the “mid-life crisis”; according to a ten-year study there’s no such thing. Researchers say middle age is actually the best time of life for the vast majority of people. In the past it was thought middle age brought with it stress about health and personal turmoil. Instead, the study claims most people enjoy a good sense of control and well-being about their lives. As for the sports car and younger woman fantasy of a typical male mid-life crisis, nine-in-ten men surveyed said they had never experienced such a thing.