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A Potluck Party Email Turned Into 'ReplyAll Gate'
Mon, 10 Dec 2018 11:50:00 CST
"STOP THE MADNESS!!!!," "dear lord," and "I want to die" were just a few of the responses to what was meant to be a routine email Friday about a seasonal potluck party in a Utah state office, per the Miami Herald . What caused the holiday hubbub: The email meant for...
School: Nuns Used 'Forgotten' Account, Stole Up to $500K
Mon, 10 Dec 2018 04:33:00 CST
It wasn't a noteworthy request, but what it helped reveal was significant: A family asked for a copy of a check they had paid to a California Catholic school. But when the staff at St. James Catholic School in Torrance retrieved it, they realized it had been deposited into a...
OSU Has Most Ohio Vending Machine Ever
Sun, 09 Dec 2018 09:41:00 CST
Many Ohio State University students are taking a break from studying for final exams by making a bacon run. Senior Sarah Page, who studies meat science, says the bacon vending machine at the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences has turned out to be even more popular than expected....
How Payless Got People to Pay Hundreds for Its Shoes
Thu, 29 Nov 2018 12:47:36 CST
Would you pay $640 for a pair of Payless shoes? You might think the answer is "absolutely not," but you haven't been to Palessi. In a recent ad campaign/social experiment, Payless took over a former Armani storefront in Santa Monica, Calif., and set up a fake luxury shoe boutique, Palessi....
Too Beefy to Kill: Giant Steer Wins Reprieve
Wed, 28 Nov 2018 09:25:00 CST
If you're going to be named after women's unmentionables, you'd better be big enough or mean enough to defend yourself. The former is the inadvertent case of Knickers, a Holstein-Friesian steer in Australia who saved himself from the slaughterhouse by simple virtue of being too huge for meat processors to...
He Gathered Employees, Then Gave Them $20M
Thu, 22 Nov 2018 06:14:59 CST
Employees of Moorestown, NJ-based Bayada Home Health Care have an extra reason to be thankful this holiday. "I'm taking $20 million, dividing it up and giving it to everybody," Mark Baiada, chairman and founder of the $1.4 billion private nursing company, announced at a staff holiday luncheon Tuesday in...
Yet Another Odd Twist in the Case of a Stolen Picasso
Mon, 19 Nov 2018 07:19:07 CST
For a brief moment, there was hope that a lost Picasso—one of seven artworks stolen from the Kunsthal Museum in Rotterdam, Netherlands, in 2012—had been found. Instead, it was seemingly another odd twist in an odd story. Mira Feticu, an author who penned a novel inspired by the...
Before They Served on Supreme Court Together, She Rejected His Hand
Wed, 31 Oct 2018 15:50:32 CDT
Before she was the first woman on the Supreme Court, she turned down a marriage proposal from a future chief justice. As Sandra Day O'Connor withdraws from public life amid early dementia , NPR plucks from her past the untold story of a near engagement to William Rehnquist. The pair were...
He Was Afraid Foreigners Would Yell at Him. So He Let 160K in for Free
Wed, 31 Oct 2018 00:21:00 CDT
The Shinjuku Gyoen national garden in Tokyo lost more than $220,000 in revenue due to a scared employee. The attendant, a man in his early 70s, recently admitted to investigators that because he was "too frightened" to ask foreign visitors to pay for their tickets, he just let them...

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