DESPERATE-MEASURES: The owner of a New York store thwarted a robbery only to take pity on the perpetrator, who claimed he could not feed his family, and gave the man US$40 and a loaf of bread, a video of the incident showed.
The storeâ€™s owner, Mohammad Sohail, pulled out a rifle, the masked man dropped to his knees and appeared to beg for forgiveness.
â€œHe said â€˜I am sorry, I have no money, no job, my family is hungry,â€™â€ Sohail told the TV station. â€œThen I feel bad for him … I take US$40 for him.â€ â€“â€“ Reuters.
BAGGAGE: Police say two suitcases carried by a woman who was about to fly from Chile to Spain were made of cocaine. Detective Leandro Morales at the Santiago airport says the drug â€œwas not hidden in the luggage. This time the suitcases were the drugâ€. Morales said that the suitcases were made of a substance combining cocaine with resin and glass fiber.
He said a â€œchemical processâ€ could be used to separate out the drug.
The officer says the suitcases were heavier than their contents. â€“â€“ Sfgate.
RECESSION SQUEEZE: Fewer British couples are filing for divorce as a sharp drop in property prices makes it hard for couples to sell a joint home, and the credit crunch dampens a desire to fund two separate households, a study shows.
The study, published by Grant Thornton accountants, showed that almost half of all surveyed matrimonial lawyers believe the numbers of divorces has slumped â€“â€“ and will continue to do so â€“â€“ because of the financial squeeze.
â€œLawyers believe they will see less couples filing for divorce during the credit crunch,â€ said Robert Kerr, partner at Grant Thorntonâ€™s Forensic and Investigation Services.
â€œThere is also an increasing number of people who decide to co-habit but not marry,â€ Grant Thornton spokeswoman Suvra Datta said, but was unable to comment on whether this was down to people being less able to afford the cost of a wedding. â€“â€“ Reuters.
GOLDEN-OPPORTUNITY: Hawaii resident Curt Carish boasts a timely fish tale: a 10-inch reef fish he caught by hand in shallow water coughed up a ticking gold watch.
He says he was enjoying a picnicÂ on Port Allen beach when he saw the nenue fish awkwardly swimming close to shore.
He says a friend gave him a bamboo stick and told him to get the fish. So he jumped into the waist-high water and hit it until it went limp.
A friend opened the cooler later to discover a gold watch next to the fishâ€™s mouth. â€“â€“ Msnbc.
HOP-IDOL: A frog that constantly changes colour is being worshipped as a god in India.
Hundreds of followers flock to Reji Kumarâ€™s home every day to pray and ask for miracles, reports the Sun.
Now one of the countryâ€™s top zoologists plans to study the rainbow frog.
But Reji (35), who keeps the frog in a glass bottle after finding it while out watering plants, is concerned for its future.
He said: â€œMy one problem is that this frog does not appear to eat. I keep trying to feed it but it doesnâ€™t eat anything.â€
The frog was a dazzling white colour when Reji from Kerala, first spotted it. Then it changed to yellow and had gone grey by the time he got it home.
Reji added: â€œBy night the frog was dark yellow, and then it became transparent so you could see its internal organs.
â€œIt seemed like a miracle to me that this frog had so many different coats. So now people come to see him and pray to him.â€
Professor Oommen V Oommen from Indiaâ€™s Kerala University, said it was not uncommon for animals to change colour. â€“â€“ Ananova.