A driver in Zhenjiang, China, took drive-through service to the next level on June 10 when he carefully pulled his tiny automobile through the front doors of a convenience store, requested a package of potato chips and a bottle of yogurt, paid for his purchase and reversed through the doors with the cashier’s guidance. Surveillance video shows the cashier waving and saluting as the car pulls away. He posited that the driver might have been avoiding getting out of his car in the rain.

What could possibly go wrong?

Canadian company Bad Axe Throwing announced in June it is bringing its unusual entertainment concept to Denver. It’s “like darts, but on steroids,” says founder Mario Zelaya. Customers provide their own food and beer and learn how to throw axes at targets. “We’ll be bringing along the competitive league side as well. That means that folks in Denver can sign up ... and compete at a global level,” Zelaya said.

Smooth reaction

Rachel Borch, 21, of Hope, Maine, was out for a run in June when a raccoon attacked her. Thinking quickly, Borch grabbed the animal and, despite being bitten, ran to a puddle on the trail and held its head underwater until it drowned. Borch’s father retrieved the dead raccoon and delivered it for rabies testing in a Taste of the Wild dog-food bag.

Finer points of the law

A restaurant owner near Florence, Italy, was ordered to pay 2,000 euros in fines in June after judges in Italy’s highest court declared it illegal to keep lobsters on ice in restaurants because it causes them undue suffering. “The suffering caused by detaining the animals while they wait to be cooked cannot be justified,” the judges ruled.

Sounded like a good idea

Smoke bombs aren’t just for celebrating our nation’s birth! Mike Tingley of Grand Blanc Township, Mich., burned his garage to the ground on July 3 when he used smoke bombs to try to rid the structure of a bees’ nest. When firefighters from three townships arrived, fireworks stored in the garage were shooting into the sky. “We really weren’t going to celebrate the Fourth of July so much,” Tingley said.


A couple in Scotland have resorted to offering 50,000 pounds ($57,000) for a live-in nanny to care for their two young children after five previous nannies have quit in the past year, citing “supernatural incidents.” The homeowners describe the property as “lovely, spacious ... with spectacular views,” but admit they were told the house was haunted before they bought it. Richard Conway, CEO of Childcare.co.uk, the website where the job is offered, said: “The family has assured us that no harm has come to anyone living in the house. However, the nanny will have to have a strong disposition.”

News that sounds like a joke

The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy reported in June that as many as 16.4 million Americans believe that chocolate milk comes from brown cows. In fact, the center’s most frequently asked question on its website is, “Does chocolate milk come from brown cows?” Almost half of respondents to the center’s survey weren’t sure where chocolate milk comes from at all.

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