The hand grenade that ended up in a chip factory
In February, workers at Calbee chip factory in Hong Kong uncovered an incendiary surprise. Nestled in a shipment of potatoes was a World War One-era hand grenade, caked in dirt. The bomb was believed to have come from a field in France where it had been buried, discharged but undetonated, since the time when the land was full of trenches, not tubers. Police were called to the scene and performed a controlled detonation, which they filmed, then posted to Twitter. Calbee surely hopes that in the future, the only explosive sounds in the factory will come from popped chip bags.
The man who was swallowed by a whale
Marine conservationist Rainer Schimpf was adjusting his camera while snorkelling off the South African shoreline in February when everything went dark. Schimpf felt a tight compression, and realised what had happened: he was sitting in the mouth of a Bryde’s whale. Knowing that a Bryde’s dives after feeding, Schimpf prepared for a descent. As they plunged underwater, Schimpf’s host clocked its mistake and pushed the passenger back out the way he’d come. Schimpf was relieved to be free – and thrilled that his boatmate had caught the whale of a tale on camera.
The best phone prank of all time
The lead-up to Chris Ferry’s 62nd birthday this March was bizarre. Instead of just notes from family and friends, Ferry estimates the New Jersey insurance agent received 250,000 calls and texts from around the world. His sons, Chris and Michael, had bought billboard space near Atlantic City and posted, “WISH MY DAD A HAPPY BIRTHDAY,” along with his phone number. It went viral, and constant calls from as far away as Kenya tied up his phone line for days. Ferry got a new number – no word on if he’s shared it with his sons.
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Source: RD Canada