Missing wedding ring found on carrot 16 years after it was lost

A WOMAN has miraculously found her white gold wedding ring on a carrot in her garden – 16 years after it disappeared.

Lena Paahlsson of Sweden took the white gold ring off while baking with her daughters during Christmas 1995, but it vanished from the kitchen counter where she had put it.

The family searched everywhere for the missing ring, even pulling up floorboards at their farm in northern Sweden to try and find it.

Paahlsson had given up hope of finding it until October this year, when she was picking carrots in her garden and suddenly found the ring around one of the vegetables.

The family said the only explanation is that the ring must have fallen into the sink in 1995 and been mixed with potato peels that were later composted or fed to the sheep, because the soil in the garden is made from composted vegetables and sheep dung.

The ring doesn’t fit Paahlsson anymore, but she is now planning to have it enlarged.

“I had given up hope. Now that I have found the ring again I want to be able to use it,” she told Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter.

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US airport agent in trouble over vibrator joke

Liberal blogger Jill Filipovic.Â
The note left in Jill Filipovic's luggage. (Feministe)

A US airport security agent who found a vibrator in the baggage of a transatlantic traveller, and then advised her in writing what to do with it, is facing disciplinary action.

The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said Wednesday that a handwritten note that lawyer and blogger Jill Filipovic found in her checked luggage was “highly inappropriate and unprofessional.”

Filipovic tweeted a picture of the note, which read: “Get your freak on girl.” Under the image, she added: “Just unpacked my suitcase and found this note from TSA. Guess they discovered a ‘personal item’ in my bag. Wow.”

“TSA quickly launched an investigation and identified the employee responsible,” the federal agency said on its blog.

“That individual was immediately removed from screening operations and appropriate disciplinary action has been initiated.”

Filipovic lives in New York. Her Twitter account indicated Wednesday that she had flown to Dublin to talk about feminism, sexual assault and abortion at Trinity College.

On her Feministe website, she recalled another airport experience, a few months ago, when “an agent in Cameroon pulled a tampon out of my bag and manhandled it for a while before smelling it and then asking me what it was.”

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Scrabble scandal: Strip down and find the ‘G’

Controversy at the World Scrabble Championships with accusations a contestant hid a tile.

A MISSING “G” tile led to accusations of cheating and a demand for a scrabble competitor to be strip-searched at the world championships.

It is the biggest scandal to rock the event since a player accused another of eating a tile

The Sun is reporting Thai player Chollapat Itthi-Aree insisted the tile mysteriously went missing during the match with England’s Ed Martin.

He insisted Martin be strip-searched in the toilet to find the missing “G” tile.

The judges ruled in Martin’s favour, who won the game by just a point.

The Times reported yesterday New Zealander Nigel Richards defeated Aussie Andrew Fisher over the Maori word for hat, making him $20,000 richer.

His victory speech was short and sweet: “Played OK. Nice.

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‘Gumby’ robber turns himself in

Police are considering whether to charge Jacob Kiss, 19, who dressed as 'Gumby'. Picture: AP


A MAN who attempted to rob a 7-Eleven store in the US city of San Diego dressed in a full-body Gumby costume has handed himself in to police.

Jacob Kiss, 19, who dressed as the famous claymation character during the stunt, surrendered voluntarily with alleged 19-year-old accomplice Jason Giramma, The San Diego Union-Tribune said.

The bizarre robbery attempt began when Mr Kiss entered a 7-Eleven store shortly after midnight last Monday (US time) clad in a full-body Gumby costume, including Gumby’s trademark steeply slanting head with cheerful red and yellow facial features. He was accompanied by another man dressed in street clothes, believed to be Mr Giramma.

“Gumby said, ‘This is a robbery,’ according to San Diego Police Department Detective Gary Hassen.”And the clerk thought it was a joke. He said ‘I have cleaning to do and I don’t have time for this.'”


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The frustrated Gumby then said he had a gun and appeared to be struggling with his costume in order to pull out a weapon. But due to an apparent wardrobe malfunction – or possibly just bulky gloves – Gumby managed only to drop his change on the floor.

By then his companion had left the store and pulled up in front in a white or silver minivan. When he began honking the horn, the frustrated Gumby apparently decided not to stretch things out and left to join him.

After being questioned by detectives, Mr Kiss and Mr Giramma were released. Police said the case had been sent to the District Attorney’s Office to determine what, if any, charges will be filed against the pair.

Mr Kiss’ Gumby suit was confiscated by detectives.

Gumby, a green claymation figure, was created in the 1950s by Art Clokey and his wife, Ruth. His sidekick was the talking orange horse Pokey.

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‘Lost’ star farted on plane passenger’s face

Evangeline Lilly has a gassy past. (AAP)

Lost actress and former air hostess Evangeline Lilly once “saved up all of her gas” mid-flight and farted in a passenger’s face.

The stunning star said she “let it rip” in the man’s face because he had been rude to her during the flight.

“I was really struggling that day, because I had really bad gas,” she told talk show host Jay Leno.

“So this guy got under my skin to the point that finally I decided to save it all up and when I was walking past him and when I got to row 48… I let rip. Right in his face.”

Looking slightly disturbed by the admission, Leno informs her she has just destroyed men’s fantasies all around America.

Lilly has previously slated her job with Royal Airlines in her pre-fame days, telling David Letterman in 2007 that it was “the worst ever”.

“That job has no redeeming qualities. I didn’t like the people, I didn’t like the destinations,” she said.

“I didn’t like the recycled air, the crappy food ”

The Canadian actress is best known for her role as Kate Austen in Lost but is currently starring in Real Steel with Hugh Jackman.

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Man faces court after Police catch him drunk driving a motorised Beer Cooler (aka Esky)

A NOOSA man faced court last week on drink driving charges after Police intercepted a motorised Esky back in June.

The defendant told the Judge that the Esky could fit “a couple of cartons” of beer in it. Picture: Thinkstock

Police alleged Christopher Ian Petrie, 23, with driving under the influence and driving without a licence after they intercepted the Esky which was equipped with a 50cc two-stroke engine travelling along Noosa Parade on June 16.

Lawyers acting for Mr Petrie appealed to magistrate John Parker for an adjournment while their client “established whether a motorised Esky was in fact a motor vehicle.”

Clearly amused, Mr Parker granted the adjournment before inquiring about the Esky’s performance and abilities.

“How much beer can it hold?” Mr Parker asked with a smirk.

Mr Petrie told the court the Rsky could hold “at least a couple of cartons.”

He will re-appear in court on August 16.

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British man removes wart with shotgun, also loses finger

The man did not regret his method of wart removal saying “it was giving me (a) lot of trouble.” Picture: Jupiterimages

A BRITISH man blasted off his own finger with a shotgun to remove a wart that would not clear up with ointments and creams.

Sean Murphy, from Doncaster in northern England, got rid of the blemish that had bothered him for more than five years, along with most of his finger, the Doncaster Star reported.

The 38-year-old security guard, who does not regret his extreme method of wart removal, avoided being jailed for illegal possession of a firearm at Doncaster Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

Murphy, who was given a suspended 16-week prison sentence, said, “I’m happy with that. I know I could have gone to jail for up to 15 years for a firearms offence. My solicitor did a very good job.”

He added, “The best thing is that the wart has gone. It was giving me (a) lot of trouble.”


Murphy said the only reason he shot off most of his finger along with the thumbnail-sized wart in March was because of the weapon’s recoil.


“I didn’t expect to lose my finger as well when I shot it, but the gun recoiled, and that was it,” he said. “The wart was gone, and so was most of my finger. There was nothing left so no chance to re-attach it.”


Murphy told the court that he found the shotgun in a hedge in the town earlier in the year. He pleaded guilty to theft of the shotgun by finding and possessing it without a valid firearms certificate.


Richard Haigh, defending, said that Murphy was “a victim of his own stupidity when domestic pressures got to him.”

Murphy was also ordered to complete 100 hours of unpaid community work and pay costs of $152.

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‘Beautiful people’ website hit by Shrek virus that allowed ugly applicants to sign up

A social networking site for ‘beautiful’ people has been hit by a Shrek virus which allowed tens of thousands of ugly applicants to sign up.

Members of BeautifulPeople.com must pass a strict rating stage where existing users vote on whether someone is attractive enough to be accepted into the online community.

But this screening process was brought down last month, allowing anyone to join, regardless of their looks.


Virus: beautifulpeople.com was designed just for the most attractive daters, but a cyber-attack meant tens of thousands of ugly people were able to sign-up

Owners today apologised to more than 30,000 unfortunate people who were wrongly admitted to the site and subsequently banished.

‘We got suspicious when tens of thousands of new members were accepted over a six-week period, many of whom were no oil painting,’ managing director Greg Hodge said.

Face ache: The virus was named after the famously ugly character Shrek

‘We responded immediately, repairing the damage from the Shrek virus and putting every new member back into the rating module for a legitimate and democratic vote. The result is that we have lost over 30,000 recent members.

‘We have sincere regret for the unfortunate people who were wrongly admitted to the site and who believed, albeit for a short while, that they were beautiful.’



It must be a bitter pill to swallow, but better to have had a slice of heaven then never to have tasted it at all.


The ugly need not apply: BeautifulPeople.com has a strict vetting process

The origin of the Shrek virus is still being investigated internally but it is believed a former employee may have been responsible.

A spokesman said the sabotage was initially believed to have been caused by one of the 5.5million people rejected from the site.

Safeguards are now in place to prevent any further infiltrators who do not come up to the expected standards, the site said.

It insisted member privacy and security was never breached and has set up a hotline to help recently rejected applicants come to terms with the news.

BeautifulPeople.com has more than 700,000 members worldwide. On average one in seven applicants is accepted.

The majority of successful new members come from the USA, Denmark and France, it claims

The UK is among the countries with the highest rate of rejections, alongside Russia and Poland.

‘Beautiful people’ website hit by Shrek virus that allowed ugly applicants to sign up | Mail Online.

Man offers half his salary to find a wife

"Handsome Paul" has set up a website to further his quest for love.

A 38-year-old Illinois man is willing to pay half his annual salary to anyone who can find him a wife, and has even set up a website to promote his cause.

Paul “Handsome Paul” Gutierrez has started a website called “Can anyone find me a wife?” which lists exploits of his unsuccessful pursuit of love, as well as 38 reasons why “single women should love [him]…. But somehow don’t.”

If someone can find Mr Gutierrez a girlfriend who is willing to become his wife, he has vowed to donate half of his salary for one year to a charity of their choice.

Or alternatively, he will walk across America in a wedding dress to raise money for a charitable cause.

Poking fun at himself, Mr Gutierrez describes himself as a sorry case and a hopeless romantic who has been unlucky in love.

“It would be a real-life, beauty and the beast marriage… Minus the fact I’m not a wavy haired prince with a castle and servants… More like a balding drifter with a future mobile home and hamsters,” Mr Gutierrez writes on his site.

The tongue-in-cheek blog has already received over 95,000 hits and dozens of comments wishing him luck on his search for love.


Angry senior citizen locks bell ringers in church tower

An embarrased Yorkshire church has apologised after the bell ringers were locked in the tower and police said they are investigating. Picture: AP AP

A GROUP of professional bell ringers was locked up in a British church tower by a fed up senior citizen.

The team had travelled from the south of England to the northern English village of Sharow to practice a three-hour peal, but the man – believed to be a local resident in his 70s or 80s – took offense to the noise, The York Press reported today.

He confronted the group in the belfry of St. John the Evangelist Church and threatened to damage their cars before lodging the door to the tower shut with a piece of wood.

The bell ringers were trapped inside the tower for half an hour, until a member of the church heard banging from the trap door.

She said, “I wandered up at about 5:10pm [local time] and heard this stamping and I thought that was a funny way to ring the bells. Then I went up to the tower and I could hear the stamping going on again.”

“There’s no way they could have got out of there,” said the rescuer. “I apologise on behalf of Sharow and the whole [county] of Yorkshire. We aren’t normally like that here.”

A spokesman for North Yorkshire Police confirmed the force had received a complaint about the man, but said that officers were not investigating the incident.

St John’s church at Sharow, near Ripon

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