A Little Friday File Fun

And now it's time for FRIDAY FILES!

In Pennsauken, New Jersey, a man found a bag of mail on the side of the road. The U.S. Postal Service says hundreds of pieces of mail meant for Philadelphia residents were dropped on the side of the road when the carrier responsible for them quit his job. The mail was later delivered.


In Gilbert, Minnesota, citizens have reported birds flying into windows, cars and acting confused. In a Facebook message, the police department said the birds are ingesting berries that have fermented earlier than usual this year because of an early frost, and becoming inebri.ated, the Associated Press reports. National Parks Service ranger Sharon Stiteler tells KMSP-TV that robins and waxwings feast on fruit such as crabapples, and that the sugar in those fruits can turn into alcohol as they lose moisture.


In Shreveport, Louisiana, a man cleaning his late mother’s house found a book his mother had checked out from the library and returned it. The library says the book was borrowed 84 years ago when the man’s mother was an 11-year-old girl. According to the Associated Press, the library’s maximum late fee is $3, and the library waived it. On an interesting note, “Spoon River Anthology” is a book of free verse by Edgar Lee Masters, each poem written from the viewpoint of a dead person in the imaginary town.


In Honolulu, Hawaii, a marine mammal veterinarian was at lunch when she got a call from Ke Kai Ola, the Big Island hospital where she’s director. There was silence on the other end. Nine more silent calls followed. Fearing a seal emergency, she rushed back. She wasn’t the only one getting calls, and people started asking why the hospital was calling non-stop. According to the Associated Press, she walked into a lab and found the culprit. A gecko was perched on a phone, making calls to everyone in the recent call history with his feet.