Wednesday, April 25, 2012


Tom had been a compulsive worrier for years until he found a way to overcome this problem. His friends noticed the dramatic change.

"You don't seem to be worried about anything anymore."

"I hired a professional worrier for $1000.00 a week, Tom replied. I haven't had a single problem since."

"A thousand a week," said Doug. "How are you going to pay him?"

"Screw him, that's his problem."

Video: Rare White Killer Whale Spotted for First Time

A white killer whale was spotted off the coast of Kamchatka in eastern Russia. The orca was nicknamed Iceberg and is believed to be the first ever entirely white adult killer whale to be observed. Russian scientists caught the rare animal on camera.

VIDEO: Free Riding in Rio..Wow!

Virginia Woman Wins $1 Million Lottery Twice in the Same Day


Winning the lottery once in a lifetime is pretty lucky. Winning the lottery twice in the same day? Virginia Pike is one of the few people that can describe that feeling.
The Berryville, Va., resident had two tickets that matched five of the six Powerball numbers in an April 7 drawing so that each ticket was worth $1 million.

"I'm in shock!" Fike said in a news release from the Virginia lottery.
In early April, Fike stopped at an Olde Stone Truck Stop in Virginia with her numbers ready and purchased two tickets.

"I picked numbers based on my parents' anniversary and their ages at that time, divided by the year they were married," Fike said in the release. "I just love the jackpot games and I play when I can afford it."
The jackpot that week was at $80 million. In order to win the jackpot, the ticket holder has to match the five numbers and the sixth Powerball number.

After the drawing, it was announced that no one had won the jackpot, but 14 people nationwide had matched five of the numbers and were entitled to $1 million prizes each. Two of the winning tickets were in Virginia.
Pike was in the hospital keeping her mother company.

"I saw a scroll on TV about there being two $1 million winners. I looked at my mom and said 'Wouldn't it be funny if it was us?'" she said.
When she stopped by a convenience store, Pike had the clerk check her tickets and she discovered that she had won both of Virginia's $1 million prizes.
Per Virginia state lottery rules, winners split the jackpot, regardless of how many there are, but non-jackpot prizes from matching part of the winning sequence are not split and can be won multiple times.

"It's not that uncommon for people to buy tickets in games with the same number, but this is the biggest prize we've ever had in Virginia of two tickets in the same drawing," Virginia Lottery spokesman John Hagerty told

Pike was presented with a check for $2 million on Friday at the truck stop where she purchased the ticket. Winners in Virginia are required to come forward and be identified. She will receive $1.4 million after taxes. The store also received a $200,000 bonus for selling the two winning tickets.

For now, Virginia's newest millionaire is basking in her shocking win.
"I must be dreaming," Pike said. "I look forward to helping to take care of my parents and paying some bills."

Village of Dull wants to forge ties with town of Boring


The Perthshire, England village of Dull is attempting to forge ties with the American town of Boring in Oregon. The potential link between the two places was the brainchild of Perthshire resident Elizabeth Leighton, who passed through Boring while on a cycling holiday. Boring is to consider Dull's request to become a "sister community".

If the plan goes ahead, a new road sign at Dull would highlight the partnership. Boring is best known for its timber logging and has a population of 12,000 - making it too large to be officially twinned with the tiny village of Dull. Officials in Boring will consider the idea of a partnership when the proposal is formally put to the town's planning organisation in just over a month's time.

Dull community councillor Marjorie Keddie said: "It might seem like a joke, but this could have real benefits for Dull. Everyone has been smiling at the prospect of the very eye-catching road sign this will inevitably require." Jim Hart, a journalist with Boring's newspaper, The Sandy Post, has already spoken to people in Dull to find out if they have anything in common.

He said: "One of the things our communities share is the weather. We get a lot of rain and snow every year." Boring was named after William H. Boring, an early resident of the area and former Union soldier in the American civil war. Dull's name may have come from the Gaelic word for meadow, although others have speculated that the origins could be connected to the Gaelic word "dul" meaning snare.

VIDEO: Teenager falls through sidewalk in China

A surveillance camera catches the moment an unsuspecting girl falls through a sidewalk while walking down a street in northern China. The pavement caved in under the teenager's weight as soon as she stepped onto a section of the walkway. What followed was a dramatic rescue attempt by a passing taxi driver. His heroic actions were also filmed by close circuit television and on mobile phones.

The passing cab driver stopped immediately at the scene and climbed into the six-metre deep pit to help the girl. "I called out to her but she didn't respond. After I shook her a little, she came to," said Wang Wei, a taxi driver in the northern city of Xi'an. Wang climbed down to the bottom of the pit clinging to a cable under the pavement.

"The dirt kept showering down on us and the kid couldn't stop crying," he added. Underground water had eroded the ground under the road and caused a cavity under the pavement. The ground in the pit continued to shift while the cab driver and the girl were still in it, which made it impossible for them to climb out until firefighters extended a ladder in to help them.

"The ladder kept moving about, it's a little flimsy and the girl kept screaming out of fear. So I told her to go first and I'll be right behind her. Finally we managed to get out," Wang said. Amateur footage showed the pair emerging from the hole and being pulled to safety with the help of fire fighters and passers-by.


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