Andrew J. Hewett

Saturday, February 21, 2015

WEIRD, BIZARRE and UNUSUAL (.1127)



THEY PROBABLY JUST FORGOT
Ever put off paying a debt you knew you should pay? The New York Times: “George Osborne, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, said this month that in 2015 Britain would repay part of the country’s debt from World War I and that he wanted to pay off other bonds for debt incurred in the 18th and 19th centuries.” (The New York Times, 12-28-14)
A DEEP-DIVING DOGGIE
Bill McCourt of Sacramento said his Boston Terrier, Sam, violated the apartment building's ban on pets in the pool area Dec. 22, 2014, when he plunged from his 15th story balcony and landed in the ground-level hot tub. Miraculously, though the 13-year-old partially blind Boston Terrier suffered multiple fractures to his pelvis and ribs, he did survive.  His dog sitter, Bette Plumb, said "There's no way that dog should be alive." (UPI, 12-26-14)
RIDICULOUS RENT-A-DOG 
In November 2014, a couple in Oceanside, Calif., was surprised their new dog, Tresor, having been bought on credit meant they’d only leased him for 27 months. That’s because Tresor was a purebred bichon frise (bi·chon fri·se), and to own him they would need to make a payment of $187.04 plus official fees and taxes. Also, under a “repo” threat, they were required to “daily exercise,” “regularly bathe and groom” and “immediately” dispose of Tresor’s “waste.” (San Diego Union-Tribune, 11-28-14)

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