Here is a selection of true stories from around the world last week.
1.Price of the week.
James Bolton,who is unemployed,was very excited when he won first prize in a raffle last week.The prize was a weekend for two at a hotel in Bournemouth on the south coast of England.Unfortunately,he was less excited when he saw the name of the hotel.It was the hotel where he had worked as a porter the previous month.He had lost his job there.
2.Mistake of the week
A 33-year-old Norwegian man came home one night from the pub and got into bed next to his wife.The woman immediately woke up,screamed,and jumped out of the bed."Who are you?'' asked the man."You aren't my wife."Actually the man had accidentally gone into his neighbour's house.The neighbour had left the back door open as she was waiting for her husband to come home.
3.Helpful advice of the week
An Italian was driving along the motorway when his cousin phoned him on his mobile.He told him to drive more slowly,because the police were waiting a few kilometres ahead to catch drivers who were going too fast.The driver slowed down,but two kilometres later the police stopped him and gave him a fine.They had seen him using his mobile phone while he was driving.
4.Animal story of the week
Nurse Katie Parfitt from Manchester couldn't understand why her cat was behaving so strangely.The cat came home,attacked her bed,and then jumped on her plate while she was having her dinner.Then it fell asleep and began snoring.The next day when she spoke to her neighbour the mystery was solved.The neighbour had seen it earlier that evening in the local pub.One of the customers had given it a drink of rum.Luckily,it has not become an alcolholic!
5.Honest citizen of the week
A man in Baltimore was arrested last week when he tried to become a policeman.When he filled in his application form for the job,he answered "yes" to the question,"Have you ever committed a crime?"When they questioned him,the man admitted he had stolen a car a few months before and he had robbed five people in Texas.
6.Romatic hero of the week
The passengers on a German bus were amazed when their driver suddenly stopped the bus,got out,and began hitting a man who was making a phone call in a public phone box.First,the bus driver hit the man twice.Then the other man hit the bus driver very hard with the phone.The passengers were left sitting in the bus,and the bus driver was taken to hospital-he had discovered the day before that his wife was having an affair with the man in the phone box.