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Man Sues Wife After Ugly Baby Born

Jian Feng, of northern China, got married and then he and his wife had a baby. Jian was startled at how ugly the baby was, and that the child did not resemble either parent. He first thought the baby had a different father, but then the truth came out. Before they met, the wife underwent $100,000 in plastic surgery to change the way she looked, but never disclosed it to her husband. Jian sued his unnamed wife for a divorce plus $120,000 for fraud, which he won.

Strangely, the same story appeared in 2004.

Office Thief Caught

Office employees at an animal shelter in Swinoujscie, Poland, were noticing small amounts of money and office supplies missing over the past year. All staff members were under suspicion, but a hidden camera revealed the true culprit: a cat named Clement.

After 200 GBP had gone missing in a month, managers set up the secret camera and left banknotes on the desk to see who would be tempted

The film showed two-year-old Clement - one of the centre's rescue cats - sneaking into the office at midnight and making straight for the cash.

"When we watched the video we saw Clement jump up on the desk and pick up the money in her mouth," said Alina.

Following clues from the video, they looked under the sofa and found all the missing money. They suspect Clement left no clues behind because she always wears white gloves. See a video report with subtitles.

Fire Station Fire

A fire station in Lanzhou, Gansu province, China, was gutted by a fire recently, causing chagrin to the local fire department. It was first announced as a training exercise," but later fire officials had to admit that a spark from welders caused the fire when it ignited a nearby can of gasoline, then spread out of control. The improperly-stored gas can led at least one blogger to ridicule fire officials, who demand that others follow strict safety regulations.

Landlords Arrested for Reporting Drugs

Police in Rex, Georgia, arrested three men and searched their rented house for drugs. Officers turned the house over to the landlord after the search, and Michael Keeley and his family began to clear out the rental house to ready it for the next tenant. The family found a stash of eight bags of narcotics hidden behind the walls, and called police to report the find. Officers responded, and then arrested Keeley and his wife for tampering with evidence! Police threatened to send the couple's 9-year-old son to child services, but a neighbor took him in. The Keeleys spent two days in jail before they could post bond.

Police Break Up Cat Party

Residents of Suðurnes, Iceland, called police on Sunday after they observed several cats going in and out a window of an unoccupied house.

Police arrived at the scene and, entering the house, found no people there. However, two to three cats - the exact number is still unclear - were allegedly occupying the house. According to police reports, the cats were "snuggling" on a couch that had been left behind by the previous residents.

Officers on the scene sprang into action, immediately evicting the cats from the house. They then ensured that all doors and windows into the house were securely closed and locked, in the hopes of preventing an incident of this sort from ever happening again.

Squatters holding parties in abandoned buildings will not be tolerated -even if they are cats.

Just Coffee, Please

The coffee shop at Debenhams, a department store on High Street in London, determined that 70% of their customers found American-style coffee shop terms confusing. So they did what any smart business would do -they decided to use more English terms such as "small coffee with milk" instead of “venti skinny latte.” Store officials said the previous language caused shoppers to spend time playing "coffee Cluedo" instead of enjoying their beverages.

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November 2, 2012 - 6:10am
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