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Wedding Goes On as Lodge Burns Down

Mike and Nancy Rogers were to be married in the main lodge at White Point Beach Resort in Nova Scotia last Saturday. However, that building was on fire, so they and their guests were evacuated and they held the ceremony in another resort building. Firefighters from ten different departments battled the blaze, but the 83-year-old wooden lodge was a total loss. No one was injured. But the newlyweds took the opportunity to pose for a wedding portrait in front of the conflagration. That’s one photo composition you don’t see at every wedding!

Battle Over World's Largest Bra

Who made the world's largest brassiere? One bra was recently commissioned by the British Varnish company, and is said to be a size 1222 B-cup. It was hung on a building in London to raise awareness of the fight against breast cancer. When the Guinness Book people proclaimed it the world's largest, New York artist and prankster Joey Skaggs begged to differ. In 1969, he built a bra that was 120 feet long, which he hung on the U.S. Treasury building on Wall Street. His mission was to point out America's fixation on breasts. There is no word yet from Guinness about the challenge.

Husband Searches Through Dump for Ring

Brian McGuinn of Miami, Florida, accidentally tossed his wife's 1.5-carat diamond engagement ring into the bathroom trash when he threw away his disposable razor. By the time it was noticed, the trash has already been taken to a dump in Pompano Beach. McGuinn confronted a nine-ton pile of trash -which contained the ring somewhere. The waste disposal crew gave him protective gear and helped him locate where his trash would most likely be, but they didn't hold out much hope. McGuinn threw up at the sights and smells of the city's garbage, and ended up wading through several inches of watery sludge. But against all odds, after less than an hour of searching, he found the ring! Anna McGuinn says she will never take the ring off again.

Man Charged with DWI Wearing "I'm A Drunk" Shirt

Police in Long Island, New York, arrested 22-year-old Kevin Daly Thursday morning after he crashed his car into a police cruiser. And not just any police cruiser, either -it was a patrol from the Suffolk County Police Department’s SAFE-T (Selective Alcohol Fatality Enforcement Team), which looks for impaired drivers. Daly was taken into custody and charged with driving while intoxicated. At the time, he was wearing a shirt that said, "I'M NOT AN ALCOHOLIC. I'M A DRUNK. ALCOHOLICS GO TO MEETINGS." The entire slogan is visible in his mug shot.

Robber Thwarted by Children

A would-be robber forced his way into a house in Schwanewede, Germany on Monday evening. Only two children and their terrified babysitter were at the home when the robber came in, wearing a balaclava and carrying a gun.

“The children had heard what was going on from upstairs and came down with their money, all their savings,” a police spokesman told The Local on Wednesday.

He said he was not releasing the ages of the children in order to protect them from being identified, but that they were both younger than seven.

“The robber must have realised what he was doing was awful, and simply put his gun away and left,” said the spokesman.

Local police have a description, and are on the lookout for the perpetrator.

Half a Million in Gold Found in Storage Locker

Dan and Laura Dotson run an auction business in which they sell off contents of abandoned storage lockers. They also are the hosts of the TV show Storage Wars. They sold the contents of a couple of lockers belonging to a deceased women to a man from San Jose, California. When the unnamed man looked through his purchase, he found a chest filled with gold doubloons with an estimated value of $500,000! Neither the buyer nor the owner of the storage facility want to be publicly identified. And unfortunately for the TV show, this particular auction was not caught on videotape.

In Line for Black Friday Sale 9 days Early

Christine Orta is one member of three families who are staking their piece of turf outside a Best Buy store in Tyrone Square Mall in St. Petersburg, Florida, for the Black Friday sale. They set up a tent Wednesday, nine days before the sale, ostensibly to be first in line to take advantage of the Christmas shopping deals. Not mentioned was the possibility that Orta and her partners might avoid cooking Thanksgiving dinner while waiting for the sale next week.

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Thanks to a Wet Winter, New Zealand Faces a Potential Potato Chip Shortage
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New Zealand has plenty of unique and tasty snacks, but kiwis also love potato chips. The universal comfort food is in danger Down Under, however, as an unusually wet winter has devastated the island country’s tuber crops, according to BBC News.

Twenty percent of New Zealand’s annual potato crop was wiped out from a series of major storms and floods that ravaged the nation’s North and South Islands, The Guardian reports. In some regions, up to 30 percent of potato crops were affected, with the varieties used to make chips bearing the brunt of the damage.

Potato prices spiked as farmers struggled, but the crisis—now dubbed “chipocalypse” by media outlets—didn't really make the mainstream news until supermarket chain Pak’nSave posted announcements in potato chip aisles that warned customers of a salty snack shortage until the New Year.

Pak’nSave has since rescinded this explanation, claiming instead that they made an ordering error. However, other supermarket chains say they’re working directly with potato chip suppliers to avoid any potential shortfalls, and are aware that supplies might be limited for the foreseeable future.

New Zealand’s potato farming crisis extends far beyond the snack bars at rugby matches and vending machines. Last year’s potato crops either rotted or remained un-harvested, and the ground is still too wet to plant new ones. This hurts New Zealand’s economy: The nation is the world’s ninth-largest exporter of potatoes.

Plus, potatoes “are a food staple, and this is becoming a food security issue as the effects of climate change take their toll on our potato crop,” says Chris Claridge, the chief executive of industry group Potatoes New Zealand, according to The Guardian.

In the meantime, New Zealanders are preparing to hunker down for a few long months of potential potato peril—and according to some social media users, kale chips are not a suitable alternative. “Chipocalypse” indeed.

[h/t BBC News]

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Supermarket Employees to Compete in National Bagging Competition
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In today’s busy world, efficiency is king—especially at grocery stores, where long checkout lines can turn even the most patient shopper into a petulant purchaser. It only makes sense, then, that a nationwide competition exists among supermarket employees to determine the country’s best bagger.

As the Associated Press reports, Alysha Orrok, a teacher from Portsmouth, New Hampshire, recently won her state’s Best Bagger competition. She’s now headed to the U.S. finals, which will take place in Las Vegas in February 2018 and is sponsored by the National Grocers Association (NGA).

In Las Vegas, finalists from more than a dozen states—ranging from Washington to Florida—will duke it out onstage to see who’s truly king or queen of the checkout line. Competitors will be judged on weight distribution, appearance, speed, and technique (no smushed bread or bruised fruits allowed).

Orrok, who works evenings and weekends at a local grocery store, says she was initially clumsy on the job. “My first day as a bagger I dropped a soda and it exploded everywhere,” she told NBC Boston.

Over time, though, Orrok got so good at her side gig that she decided to compete in the New Hampshire state bagging competition earlier this month. At the tournament, "I was like 10 seconds faster than the next person," Orrok said. "I feel like I get in the zone and I just fly."

Competitors heading to 2018’s Best Bagger competition will face off to see who can achieve the best customer service in the shortest time span. The grand prize is $10,000, which will be awarded to a deserving grocery store employee “with infectious company pride and an enthusiastic commitment to customer service,” according to the NGA.

[h/t NBC Boston]

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