[The first post of 2006, Sunday, January 01, 2006]
If a 41-year old British millionaire’s marriage with her long-time beau, a 35-year old dolphin doesn’t wonder you, then the change in name of Clark, a Texan city, to ‘Dish’ in November, so that all residents would receive free cable connection for 10 years should.
These and more are some such bizarre happenings in 2005. Consider for that matter the findings of Britain’s Royal Society for Prevention of Cruelty Against Animals that say that most household pets are abandoned because their colors do not match with those of carpets or sofas. And while love for pet takes backseat for want of color-matching, students of Japan’s Kanagawa Institute of Technology have shown that no matter what the reason, they can never sever company of their cellphones. Indeed the authorities have decided to print their identity cards on cellphones, ‘cause this is the only thing that students do not forget to carry to classes.
However, cream of all things bizarre must belong to a flop bank dacoity in India. Out of over-eagerness perhaps, the group of looters arrived a trifle early, and though they succeeded to overpower bank personnel and the guard, they couldn’t force open the lockers since the cashier who had the second key reached late. They had to be content with just Rs.40 that was there in the cashbox.
If you felt sad for the Indian bank looters, take heart, for their tribe in Brazil pulled off a spectacular heist in a bank in Fortaleza in August. The effort was breathtaking not because it was the largest ever cash robbery (nearly $70 million). The scale of operation was awesome as the robbers dug a 13-feet deep, 262-feet long tunnel from a house near the bank to the vault, and ultimately broke through 6-feet concrete wall to reach the cash.
As we hail 2006, bidding adieu to 2005 will surely fetch many a memory. Let’s make some accommodation for the bizarre happenings that add spice now and then to our otherwise routine life. Goodbye 2005.