News and Notes – 6/11/2009

Twin Loophole. Identical twins Harold and Michael Lengen have found a way not to pay their parking tickets. They keep telling the courts that the other one was driving. (Maybe they should just double their fine.)

Graduate. A 96-year-old Taiwanese man who will receive his master’s degree in philosophy this weekend said he was able to compete with younger students by pulling all-nighters before exams. “Grandpa Chao” began graduate school after being told he was too old to continue as a volunteer at a local hospital.

Safer Than the Bank? An Israeli woman mistakenly threw out a mattress with $1 million inside, setting off a frantic search through tons of garbage at a number of landfill sites. The woman said that she bought her elderly mother a new mattress as a surprise on Monday and threw out the old one, only to discover that her mother had hidden her life savings inside.

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