A Canadian couple who recently stumbled upon a 400-year-old skeleton is now saddled with a $5,000 bill, the Star reports.
Two weeks ago, Ken Campbell of Sarnia, Ontario, came upon some bones while digging postholes in his backyard. His wife, Nicole Sauve, encouraged him to unearth the rest of the skeleton.
Ontario police, who cordoned off the area, called up forensic anthropologist Michael Spence to examine the site. Spence told the Star that the skeleton is likely that of a 24-year-old aboriginal woman who died in the late 1500s or early 1600s. Spence then contacted the Registrar of Cemeteries, which told Sauve that she and Campbell would have to hire an archeologist to examine the rest of the backyard—at their expense.
According to the Star, property owners are legally responsible to pay for such an assessment "if human remains are found on their land."
Stuck with a $5,000 bill, Sauve appealed to the mayor of Sarnia but has yet to get a clear answer about whether the government will pay. According to the Star, she might be able to make a request to the Registrar of Cemeteries to cover the costs.
Sauve told the Star that people have been telling her if they wind up in a similar situation, they won’t risk getting a bill by telling the authorities about their finds.
“This is awful,” said Sauve. “God forbid you have a murder victim, and you cover them up.”
(NEWSER) – A man who fell while trying to climb down from a 15th-floor balcony is somehow not only still alive, but is expected to be on his feet again in around a week. The 20-year-old, who had forgotten his keys after a night out with friends in Auckland, New Zealand, plummeted 13 floors before the roof of a neighboring building broke his fall, theBBC reports. The neighbor whose balcony he fell from says he was "a little tipsy," and she only let him onto her balcony so that he could see the climb was impossible.
(Jonathon M. Seidl) “We need to try figure out how to create education better.”
That was part of Miss Utah’s answer during Sunday’s Miss USA pageant. And it only got worse.
The 21-year-old beauty, Marissa Powell, was asked why women breadwinners continue to make less than men.
“I think we can relate this back to education, and how we are continuing to try to strive to [pause] figure out how to create jobs right now, that is the biggest problem,” she began. It was all down hill from there. There were several more awkward pauses and smiles.
You can watch the cringe-worthy answer below:
The response may have dethroned Miss Teen USA South Carolina Caitlin Upton in 2007. That answer about maps has become a classic:
If you’d like to hear Miss Utah USA answer some questions where she doesn’t choke, check out her pre-pageant video where she admits she believes in aliens:
Hopefully she recovers from this like Upton did, who went on to star on “The Amazing Race,” seems to be finding work as an actress and model, and even has fun with her famous flub on Twitter.
A private jet undergoing maintenance by ground crews at an airport in Chino, Calif., slammed into a hangar on Thursday evening. The report of the crash, from local station KTLA.com, noted there were no severe injuries.
The Bombardier Challenger jet was undergoing an engine test with the engine revving at full power when the plane jumped the chalks (the rubber wedges that are supposed to keep its wheels from moving).
The plane, which had three mechanics on board, then smashed into the hangar, where several people were working inside. One of the mechanics injured his knee, according to KTLA.
The crash was reported just after 6 p.m. Local emergency crews responded to the scene.
Robin Dill, a retired pilot who witnessed the crash, told the station that one of the on-board workers should have put the plane in idle. "I can say, and I think most pilots would agree, that if the airplane was operating at idle engine speed, the aircraft would have stopped and it wouldn't have continued like it did."
An 18-month-old boy was so excited to meet Iron Man that he cried his little eyes out when he was introduced to Robert Downey Jr., as immortalized in this Facebook photo.
Jaxson Denno met Tony Stark’s alter ego when he wasn’t wearing his suit, which is understandably extremely disturbing for a young child. It is almost as bad as seeing Santa Claus — who is totally real, in case you are reading this right now, Jaxson – in jeans and a T-shirt.
Denno’s mother told People magazine that he was happy and smiling once Downey started talking to him, but this is the photo that will be shown to future girlfriends forever.
Pictures by: Heather Danno/Splash News
But for 9-year-old Emily Harris of South Wales, it was her toy passport featuring a photo of a pink stuffed unicorn toy that secured her passage through the security line at Turkey’s Antalya airport.
“We saw the funny side, and laughed at the fact that the officer had even stamped the passport,” Emily’s mom, Nicky, told Caters News Agency. “But at the same time, it’s a worry to any parent, how easy it would be to smuggle a child through customs and into another country.”
Emily’s passport was technically a novelty item included with her stuffed animal, which was purchased at the Bear Factory retailer. The cover of the passport reads, "European Union, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland." OK, so far, it's understandable and somewhat official looking. But then, the passport case shows the silhouette of a bear's head with the words, "Design A Bear" written below in childlike, golden colored scrawl.
The inside of the passport is even less authentic looking. Where an individual's personal information and photo would normally be located are instructions for a children's game using letters of the alphabet to designate places the child has visited. There's even another "Design A Bear" logo scribbled across the page. The following page includes space for the child to document "travel adventures."
When Emily passed through the airport’s customs, she emerged with a stamped set of documents in tow. Only thing is, it was the unicorn’s passport that had been given the official stamp of approval.
“I didn’t realise until I was putting the passports away,” Nicky said. “There was a moment of panic when I thought someone would come chasing after us, but nothing.”
The Bear Factory company’s website notes the love and care it puts into each stuffed animal. But how exactly could such an unrealistic looking toy animal pass for a real girl?
“The passport doesn’t even look real―it’s got gold teddy bears on the front and was a completely different size from mine and my husband, Allen’s,” Nicky added.
(Jason Howerton) A California man is in the doghouse after he accidentally sold his wife’s $23,000 diamond wedding ring for just $10 at a garage sale.
Looking to do something helpful, Eric Cloutier decided to clear out his home and sell some unused items at a garage sale earlier this month while his wife was in the hospital after giving birth to their fifth child.
What he didn’t know was that his wife, Racquel, 31, had hidden her expensive and cherished ring in an old watch box, which he ended up selling for a measly $10.
While she is understandably devastated, Racquel told ABC News she knows it was an accident.
“He didn’t know that before I went to the hospital, I put my ring in that box. I wanted the ring to be in a safe place and out of reach from my two-year-old twins,” she said.
When she arrived home, she couldn’t find the watch box she stashed her ring in.
“I go into my husband’s closet, can’t find the box, and then he tells me he sold it,” she recalled. “I said, ‘You sold it? What do you mean you sold it?’ I immediately started crying.”