Class chases postal notes

"When I was at Tokoroa Intermediate in 1963, the economy was not like now," writes Peter of Invercargill. "Imported clothing was expensive and if you wanted to send more than 10 shillings overseas the bank had to get some kind of special permission. To send 10 shillings you had to buy a docket [maybe called a postal note] from the post office, but you could only get one each day. Some Hong Kong companies did a mail order service, but it would take most people 2-3 weeks to get the money by buying these postal notes every day. My intermediate teacher sent the entire class to the post office in relays. When the first pupil returned he would give 10 shillings to the next pupil. We all thought that at the end of the day he would have enough to buy whatever he wanted. There must have been 35-40 in the class. Next day - same thing, and the day after. I later learned that he used some himself, but was then selling the others at a small commission. I imagine either the post office or some parent complained."

Apples suspiciously cheap

A man has admitted stealing apples from Tesco by pretending he was buying carrots, which are less than a third of the price. Aidan Martin Devlin, 53, from Belfast, Northern Ireland, confessed to 12 charges relating to the apples for carrots con. Many supermarkets offer a facility where shoppers can weigh their own loose fruit and vegetables before taking them to a checkout to make payment. According to the Tesco Direct website, Granny Smith loose apples sell for 2 ($3.50) a kg, while their loose carrots cost 60p a kg.

The hunt for lurve

Twelve surprising reasons someone may fall in love with you..."A 2016 study found that men and women who make eco-friendly purchases are perceived as more desirable for long-term relationships, while those who make luxury purchases are perceived as more physically attractive and more desirable for short-term relationships." Read more here.

Driven to Kill

In China, drivers who have accidentally injured pedestrians will sometimes then try to kill them because of the compensation laws -- if you injure someone, you must pay for their care for a lifetime. But if you kill the person, you pay for the burial. "Perhaps the most horrific of these hit-to-kill cases are the ones in which the initial collision didn't injure the victim seriously, and yet the driver came back and killed the victim anyway," writes Geoffrey Sant in Slate. (Warning: There is some harrowing detail in this story about various accidents)


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