The Best Life Stories by Reader's Digest are 150 of the best hand-picked real-life tales of resilience, joy, and hope - all in 150 words or less!
"Too long for me to deal with atvthisvtime, Sorry!"
In a country famous for its love of both beer and rugby, it should probably come as no surprise that someone invented a beer vending machine you have to tackle to operate.
People talk smack about their neighbors all over the world - and New Zealand is no exception. The country's 31st prime minister, the late Robert "Piggy" Muldoon, famously stated, "New Zealanders who emigrate to Australia raise the IQ of both countries."
"Do NOT buy this, it is less than 30 seconds long"
Most of the strange and scary world looks remarkably familiar: dumb bosses and workers? Check. Silly governments and grumpy bureaucrats? Check. Cocktails made with human body parts? Check.
Chock-full of essays and true tales by some of America's most famous authors and thought leaders, these great listens inspire, uplift, open the door to new possibilities, and connect us emotionally. Organized around timeless American values - joy, miracles, giving, gratitude, holidays, and healing - listeners will laugh, cry, cheer, sigh, and renew their faith as they enjoy the powerful impact of a well-told story.
When Burma's longstanding, censorship-running Division of Press Scrutiny was finally shut down for good, a former director noted being glad to be done with an ugly job, stating, "We didn't arrest or torture anyone, but we had to torture their writing."
An invaluable lesson was learned by the former head of Chile's national mint: When you're literally making money, typos aren't easily fixed.
After stealing about 1,600 gallons of vodka from Russia and pumping it into Estonia via an underwater pipeline, smugglers realized they had a major sales problem - Estonians are discriminating drinkers, and, unsurprisingly, pipeline vodka isn't what you'd call top quality.
"Just a 51 second clip"
After 40 years of marriage, a couple in Prey Veng Province decided that the time had come to part ways - prompting the husband and friends to saw the house in half.
The official English-language radio news bulletin in Prague recently featured two notable headlines in a serried list: "Ministry presents annual awards for promoting the good name of the country" followed by "Finance Minister Miroslav Kalousek admits being drunk in interviews".
Word to the wise: If you want to prune your neighbor's coconut tree in Ghana, be sure to wear your iron underwear.
They take their rules as seriously on the Emerald Isle as anywhere else - especially when it comes to toasting bread.
"This is a one-joke book"
What did six inmates, including three convicted murderers, at Norrtalje prison do when officers forgot to lock them up? Baked a cake and cozied up around a television, of course.
For more than two decades, zookeepers at Islamabad's Marghazar Zoo have demanded a large annual delivery of alcohol, which they say they use to "calm down" the zoo's elephants during mating season.
A thief in Russia used heavy machinery to lift 82 concrete slabs, worth about $6,000 USD, onto three trucks. Unsurprisingly, he didn't get far.
According to one Danish expert, "human testicles are just a natural target" for the piranha-like pacu, which normally eats "nuts, fruit, and small fish".
A woman in Beijing recently sued a hotel for failing to wake her up, demanding more than $6,000 in damages for causing her to oversleep and miss an exam.
If your dog accidentally leaves his poop on the street in the town of Brunete, never fear! You'll get it back. Just be ready to sign for a package.
After stamping the "passport" of a nine-year-old girl's stuffed bear, customs officials in Turkey found themselves squarely in the crosshairs of the global laugh machine.
A customer who ordered a toasted ham and cheese sandwich in one Melbourne restaurant got a mouthful - just not the kind you'd expect.