A Fortune Cookie Correctly Predicts Lottery Numbers For 100+ People
In 2005, the organizers of the Powerball lottery found themselves with a major problem: instead of four or five people winning the second-place prize (as normally happens), they were faced with 110 lucky assholes. What the hell happened? Did the world's largest gang of con artists cheat the system? Have the people of America finally mutated into psychic freaks?
Nope, it was something even more ridiculous. When they stopped terror-pooping long enough to recover their speech faculties, the Powerball officials asked each of the winners where they got their numbers. They all came back with the same answer: from a fortune cookie. Yes, as it turned out, the Powerball was temporarily brought to its knees by Wonton Food, a fortune cookie manufacturer based out of Queens that only started printing lottery numbers in order to distinguish themselves from their rivals in the cutthroat world of delicious post-meal treats.
Considering that Wonton produced four million cookies a day, it could have been a helluva lot worse for Powerball. It's probably a good thing for them that the message on the cookie ("All the preparation you've done will finally be paying off") was a little too on the nose, presumably prompting more than one potential winner to say, "Nah, no way that shit wins."
So maybe that cookie you discarded was right. Maybe joy will come from "very great pants that fit tightly."
Each of the second-placers walked away with between $100,000 and $500,000, depending on how much they bet, adding up to almost $19 million -- and that's without counting the first place winner (who probably won with the expiration date of a pack of Hydrox). It actually would have been better for the Powerball if the 110 Asian-food enthusiasts had won the first place, since they would have all just shared a pool of $25 million with the other winner.
After this, Wonton Food's business reportedly boomed as people latched onto their pseudo-magical practice of "picking random numbers from a bowl." We should note, however, that the company soon replaced this method with a "more efficient" randomized computer system. We're assuming at least one winner invested his entire prize in Wonton cookies and Powerball tickets, losing every cent.
Adoptee Finds His Birth Mother Working Alongside Him At Lowe's
For most people, co-workers are a mysterious bunch who you only see because you're forced to, make small talk with because it beats conversing with the printer paper, and co-operate with because death is the only escape from this perverse version of the prisoner's dilemma known as "being employed."
Steve Flaig and Christine Tallady weren't an exception to this rule, until they found that they had more in common than just their employee discount cards. Flaig, a delivery driver working at a branch of Lowe's in Grand Rapids, MI, was adopted as a baby and had been searching for his biological mother for years. Meanwhile, Tallady, the store's head cashier, had given up a child for adoption when she was younger and always wondered where he ended up. You see where this is going.
via The Seattle Times
That's right: They opened a "Lowe's employees with missing relatives" support group.