Swedish customs officials performed a search on a suspicious 42-year-old woman as she was attempting to cross the border. They found 65 baby grass snakes concealed in her bra, along with six lizards hiding in her blouse. She told them that she was trying to start a reptile farm.
April 23 is regarded as World Book Day, marking the anniversary of the deaths of two literary giants, English playwright William Shakespeare and Spanish novelist Miguel de Cervantes. Both men died on April 23, 1616, but they did not really die on the same day. Cervantes’ death date is based on the modern Gregorian calendar, while Shakespeare’s is based on the old Julian calendar that was still being used in England at the time. If he used the Gregorian calendar, Shakespeare would have died in May.
William Wordsworth also died on April 23, though it was many years later in 1850.
As part of a 2007 publicity stunt, Aquafresh took out a $10 million policy on the smile of the star of TV's Ugly Betty. We’ve covered odd bodily insurance before - after all, who could forget Steelers safety Troy Polamalu’s million-dollar hair?
Here are some other unforgettable examples of exorbitant celebrity self-insurance:
Though the Packers are the NFL’s second-oldest team, their iconic logo did not come about until 42 years after the franchise was founded! Prior to this time, the team had used several different logos, but none were placed on the headgear until equipment manager George Braishear came up with the elliptical “G” design in 1961.
Although the meaning of the logo may seem like a no-brainer, Braishear did not intend for it to represent the franchise’s location. He meant for the letter to stand for “Greatness”, which he hoped the franchise’s players would embody. Braishear’s logo held true for the first two Super Bowls at least, both of which had the Packers came out as champions. The franchise has experienced another return to “greatness” recently, winning last year’s championship and coming out of the gates at a perfect 3-0 so far this season.
Long before the Brothers Grimm popularized their version of the story, 14th century peasants in Italy used to tell a story called “La finta nonna”, which means “the false grandmother”. While mostly similar to the version that we know now, there are some key differences. First of all, the girl in the story does not wear a red hood, the wolf is actually a werewolf, and at the end of the story, he wins (no woodsman to save the day).
Also, rather than simply eating the girl’s grandmother himself, the werewolf tricks Little Red Riding Hood into joining him for the meal. In some versions, the werewolf tricks Red Riding Hood into taking off her clothes, and then he eats her when they’re in bed. In other versions, she escapes.
The first written version of the story was Charles Perrault’s Le Petit Chaperon Rouge. This was the first time the red hood is added to the story. It was intended to be a cautionary tale for young women, warning them about men, represented by the wolf. The Brothers Grimm based their version of the story on Perrault’s. However, they added the happy ending where a huntsman shows up to rescue Little Red Riding Hood and her grandmother from the wolf’s stomach.