02 november 2012

Found: proverbial needle in a (smelly) haystack


(Preston Mulligan/CBC)
Bonnie Pick-Melanson threw her rings out in the compost after carving pumpkins earlier this week

Wow, talk about lucky…here’s a bit of a lighter story for a Friday.

A woman in New Minas, Nova Scotia, took off her rings as she was cleaning out a pumpkin for Hallowe’en. She had covered her kitchen table with newspapers and put her rings on the table beside the pumkin so they wouldn’t get all gooey with the pumpkin innards.

When the gourd was cleaned out, as a reflex she just folded up all the papers with the goop and seeds inside and tossed it in the garbage.
Next morning she was looking for her rings as the garbage truck went past and she realized what had happened.

She called the garbage company who called the almost full truck into the depot, although they had major doubts they could find anything among the couple of tonnes of garbage. The garbage was dumped on the depot tipping floor and volunteers, and Ms Pick-Melanson, sifted through the garbage. Within minutes they found the still bundled newspapers, and the rings.

Ms Pick-Melanson said afterward, “I feel like I just won the lottery”, adding she won’t take the rings off again.

(MM with files from CBC)


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