A Little Friday File Fun

In Berlin, Germany, a court had to restart the trial of two men suspected of robbing a grocery store— because a judge kept nodding off during the proceedings. According to the Associated Press, the presiding judge decided it was better to start things over than provide immediate grounds for an appeal. German trials are typically heard by a panel of five judges—three professionals and two lay judges. It was one of the lay judges who couldn’t stay awake. It was the first day of the trial, and it was able to start again from scratch after an alternate judge took his place.

In Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, a father of a Salt Lake City businessman placed a $900 Idaho newspaper ad seeking women interested in marrying his 48-year-old son. The father had planned to meet potential candidates at a Coeur d’Alene resort, but managers asked his father not to conduct interviews there after getting barraged with media requests, according to an Associated Press news report. The son previously said the ad in the Coeur d’Alene Press was “embarrassing” but said he’d let his 78-year-old father go forward. About 12 women from around the U.S. expressed interest in the ad and will be interviewed in the coming weeks. The son says his father wants a grandchild to carry on the family name.

In North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, a teacher has been taken to court after she was accidentally paid €237,000 in unearned salary. The state charged her with fraud, but the teacher told the court that her husband took care of their joint bank account, and he just didn’t notice her salary had stayed the same after she began working part-time, according to The Local. The court ruled that it was ultimately the fault of the state that the error occurred and gave the teacher three weeks to determine whether she is in the position to repay the money. If she can pay the money back, the case will be dropped due to its “triviality” the judges ruled.

In Greenfield, Wisconsin, a couple called 911 report they were being held hostage—by their cat. The local CBS News station reports that the caller said, “This is gonna sound like a strange question but we have a cat and it’s going crazy and it attacked my husband and we’re kind of hostage in our house and we’re just wondering who we should call to do something, get rid of the cat or help us.” The cat was captured and turned over to the Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission.

Somewhere in China, a man spent more on a “lucky” license plate than he did on his car. The number 8 is considered the luckiest number in China, so he paid for the plate K-88888. However, it wasn’t so lucky, as the man was pulled over eight times in one day because police thought the plate was a fake—because it was a very expensive plate on a very cheap car.

In New York City, Kellogg Co. is opening its first cereal café on July 4. Reuters reports that a bowl of cereal at the cafe will cost anywhere between $6.50 and $7.50, and can be eaten in or taken out. There are plans to launch a delivery service later in the year. Celebrity chefs Christina Tosi, owner of Momofuku Milk Bar, and Anthony Rudolf of Journee, will provide the Kellogg’s cafe with new gourmet recipes, and toppings such as lime zest, thyme and malted milk powder will be available. Each bowl will come with a 12-ounce container of milk on the side.