Front page of The New York Times: “Who needs Giacomo? Bet on the Fortune Cookie.” The summary: 110 people won between $100,000-$500,000 each for getting 5/6 of the Powerball numbers right, because they all put down the numbers from a fortune cookie. “That’s ours,” said Derrick Wong, of Wonton Foods, when shown a picture of a winner’s cookie slip. “That’s very nice, 110 people won the lottery from the numbers.” The workers put numbers in a bowl and pick them. “We are not going to do the bowl anymore; we are going to have a computer,” Mr. Wong said. “It’s more efficient.”
Bwahahahaha. It’s a great story. The Powerball folks thought they’d been hacked, and then they had to investigate the source of the fortune cookies. When will I see this on “C.S.I.,” I wonder?
There’s nothing funny about the story where the father killed the two little girls, but I think the AP reporter could, possibly, have phrased this better:
Just last month, he was released from a Texas prison after serving time for an assault in 2001. He had argued with Laura’s mother, Sheila Hollabaugh, then grabbed a chain saw and chased neighbors until someone hit him in the back with a shovel, according to prosecutor Rick Mahler in Texas. No one was injured.
Except, perhaps, the guy hit with a shovel? And I have to wonder at what I would have thought if I’d looked out and seen a man running around with a chain saw while being chased by a brave, shovel-brandishing neighbor.