When 98-year-old Olympia, Wash., resident Alma Coate-Wilson accidentally flushed the engagement ring her beloved Gilbert had given to her before his death, she was devastated. That is, until the city's public works department came to the rescue. Maintenance workers flushed the main line, then went through the solids with a garden hose to recover the $8000, 1.6-carat diamond ring.
Ants throw themselves into pothole problem
According to British researchers, army ants encountering a dip in a path will throw their own bodies into the indent so their brethren can enjoy a smoother journey. When the insect traffic has passed, the selfless ants then lift themselves out of the holes and follow along. We do not recommend you follow suit on your next road-patching job.
Loo sign confusion to end
For three decades, signs pointing women to the men's room and vice versa have amused and confused patrons of McGuire's Irish Pub in Pensacola. After Florida's Department of Business and Professional Regulation threatened to close the popular tourist destination for “lack of signage properly designating bathrooms,” owners agreed to install new doors guiding patrons to the proper potty.