Towards the end of April 2021, an odd thing happened in the town of Listowel, Canada. Two businesses decided to get snarky with each other in a public manner. On the one side of the street was a Speedy Glass venue, a small business firm that serviced the locals with glass and vehicle window repair. On the other side of the street was the local Dairy Queen, a fast-food chain venue for burgers, fries and milkshakes.
Big Things Come in Small Packages
The sign battle started off simple enough. Both businesses had a typical elevated advertising sign in front of their venue visible from the street which could utilize letters to customize messages. Speedy Glass decided to use theirs to goad the Dairy Queen in a word battle. It started off as a copycat. Trevor Cork had seen a similar little tiff in Virginia that went bonkers on the Internet, so he decided to try the same in his own town. Gathering the staff, Cork had their Speedy Glass street sign modified to send the invite, basically asking the Dairy Queen if they wanted to have a sign war. It took off from there like wildfire. Trevor had no idea where the reaction was going to end up going, but it seemed like a good idea at the time.
Dairy Queen sassed back pretty quick and put Speedy Glass on the spot. From there, both double entendres and outright one-up’s started flying back and forth, much to the amusement of the locals driving by and living in the area. Interestingly, both stores have kept their cool and not gone below the belt with their snips, but they have been pretty funny and challenging as the signs keep pushing the boundaries of what’s possible.
Of course, anytime someone is having fun, others want in on it too. The local casket store got in on the mix pretty quick and started their own shots. However, they didn’t have a big road sign and had to settle for a street-level A-sign instead. The locals loved it so much they started telling their friends and contacts outside of town, and Listowel started attracting tourists for the same as well.
A War is a Good Thing These Days
The timing of the sign war couldn’t have been better. The Covid pandemic was just depressing people something fierce, and the lack of social connection was making things worse. Suddenly, having a bit of humor and a good laugh with many of the business signs and their message conflict got everyone laughing their heads off driving by. It also amazingly brought the whole together as a community again when it needed that feeling the most. As some folks reflected on social media, the Listowel sign war was the best thing that could happen to them right there and then. Even now, folks still keep driving through town just to see the latest zingers and zaps on the local signs.
Will Listowel sign war eventually end and become a memory? Who knows? Even the infamous Hatfield and McCoy feud finally died out at some point. In the meantime, Listowel business owners like Trevor Cork are just enjoying the attention and the visitors, even in a pandemic.
Herriot the Heron and the Underpants Sling
In the world of wildlife rescue, there are heroes who go above and beyond to help our feathered friends when they are in need. One such hero is Karen Ledger, a dedicated wildlife rescuer with a heart of gold. With over a decade of experience, Karen has helped countless birds in distress. However, it was her ingenious creation of an “underpants sling” that recently captured hearts and headlines, as she helped a heron named Herriot regain his ability to walk.
Herriot’s story began with a troubling challenge. This majestic heron found himself unable to use his legs for reasons unknown. It was a dire situation, and things didn’t look promising at the start. As Karen Ledger recounted, “It didn’t look good at the start. He couldn’t use his legs for unknown reasons. He might have been hit by a car.”
Determined to help this long-legged bird find his footing again, Karen put her inventive mind to work. She faced the daunting task of making a heron walk when it seemed impossible. Her solution? An unconventional yet effective “underpants sling” made with a pair of stockings and her husband’s underwear.
“I put the heron in the sling and physically made him use his legs three or four times a day until he could walk by himself,” Karen explained. It was no easy feat, requiring intense effort and dedication. But for Karen, every minute was worth it when she saw Herriot finally regain his ability to walk independently.
Herriot’s journey to recovery didn’t end there. After his progress in the makeshift sling, he continued to improve by walking in an enclosed outdoor area for weeks. Finally, the day came when Herriot was strong enough to be released back into the wild, near a tranquil dam.
Karen’s extraordinary efforts aren’t limited to Herriot alone. She has a track record of helping a variety of birds in need. One heartwarming tale involves a barn owl who had lost his mate in a tragic road accident. Karen noticed that the owl was not physically injured but was deeply depressed, spending a week with his eyes closed and his head down.
Karen knew she had to find a way to lift the owl’s spirits. “You have to think outside the square, just look at what you’ve got and adapt,” she said. Drawing on her resourcefulness, she placed a stuffed toy penguin, roughly the same size as the owl, next to him in his cage. This simple act of comfort worked wonders. “After a couple of days, he started brightening up and opening his eyes. He came back to the point that he was well enough to be released,” Karen said.
Karen Ledger’s wildlife rescue efforts extend beyond her heroic acts with Herriot and the barn owl. She has dedicated herself to helping a wide array of birds, from barn owls and tawny frogmouths to lorikeets, rosellas, kookaburras, and more.
Dolls Mysteriously Take Up Residence In Michigan Man’s Mailbox
A man in Michigan, Don Powell, was left completely puzzled when he discovered two small wooden dolls in his mailbox one day, along with a note that read, “We decided to live here.” The dolls were named Mary and Shelley, and they came with little pieces of furniture too.
Initially, Don was a bit confused by the whole thing, but he admits that he kind of enjoyed the mystery and intrigue of it all. He went around to the other homes on his cul-de-sac to see if anyone else had received similar dolls, but nobody had. He even asked a neighbor named Shelly, but she denied having anything to do with it.
At first, Don thought about getting rid of the dolls, but something stopped him. Instead, he decided to let them stay in the mailbox, which was custom-built to look like his house, complete with details such as windows that let in light.
As the story began to spread, more and more items began to appear in the mailbox with the dolls, including a rug, art, and even a bed. Someone even swapped the dolls for little skeletons on Halloween, but the dolls returned by Christmas with presents by their side.
Don Powell still doesn’t know who put the dolls in his mailbox or why, but he’s grateful for the mystery and the joy it has brought to his life. He says that every day, he looks forward to seeing what new surprises the dolls and their mysterious benefactors have in store for him.
This story is a great example of how a simple act of kindness or a random act of whimsy can have a big impact on someone’s life. It’s also a reminder that sometimes, the greatest joys in life come from the unexpected and the unexplainable.
Whether it was a neighbor with a sense of humor, a stranger passing through town, or something else entirely, the mystery of the dolls in Don Powell’s mailbox has captured the imaginations of people all over the world. It’s a reminder that there is still magic and wonder in the world, and that sometimes, the most meaningful things in life are the ones that can’t be easily explained.
A Fat Cat Becomes the Highest Rated Tourist Attraction in Poland
Gacek the fat cat in Poland is a beloved feline who has become quite famous in his home country. Gacek is a large, fluffy cat who has a laid-back personality and loves to laze around in the sun. He is known for his love of food and often overindulges, which has contributed to his chubby physique.
Gacek became famous after appearing in a YouTube documentary. People were immediately drawn to Gacek’s cute face and lovable personality.
Gacek is still just a regular cat who loves to nap, play, and eat. He lives in a box outside of a shop. The shop owners have become his guardians and asked that any food offerings to Gacek be left in sealed containers.
Gacek is one of the top tourist attractions listed on google maps. He has a perfect 5-star rating, with one reviewer even flying from Norway to visit him.
Despite his fame, Gacek remains a humble and down-to-earth cat. He still spends most of his days lounging in the sun and enjoying his favorite foods. Gacek the fat cat in Poland is a lovable and relatable feline who has captured the hearts of people all over the world. Whether you’re a cat lover or not, it’s hard not to fall in love with Gacek.
A 47-Year Late Library Book
If you’ve ever had a late book due back to a library, then you know it comes with penalty. In most cases, that penalty is a fine. Sometimes the staff will waive the charge simply because the book was returned, but not always. In the case of a Minnesota book, however, the fact that it was due some 47 years ago might have scared off the borrower from returning it for almost half a century.
The particular missing book was finally returned this year, in 2022, after being absent for the same amount of time. The returnee signed the explanation with the book anonymously, which might have been a good thing if the library folks wanted to pursue a hefty fine reward on it. Additionally, the book came back in the mail, pretty much avoiding any personal contact, visual siting or interaction with grumpy librarians as well.
The particular book in question was a mechanic’s guide, namely, Chilton’s Foreign Car Repair Manual. The original checkout was back in 1975 and it never surfaced again until this year on the return. Inside the book, once unpackaged, was an apology as well as the original borrower’s reasoning for why it took so long to get the book back.
As the writer explained, he had originally borrowed the book to understand how to do some technical work on a German vehicle. What he didn’t realize at the time, however, was that the borrower was going to end up moving out of town shortly after. Along with all his other belongings, the book got packed up. However, it was never unpacked or returned. According to his explanation, the book only showed up again while going through some old boxes in a trunk.
The writer noted he was well aware the overdue penalty was likely huge if calculated mathematically and without any offset. And, the implication was also included that he wasn’t able to pay for it either. That said, the writer did provide a donation along with the book return. So, the fee was waived by the library staff. Staff noted penalties were stopped years ago, so there is now only a replacement fee if a book is permanently lost or damaged. However, like true librarians, their focus was only on the return of the missing book. Having it back was more than enough of a solution and a good ending to the story.
Punk Kid Goes From Homeless to Opening A Quirky Barbershop
If you’ve ever seen the musical movie, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, starring Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham-Carter, then you could be forgiven for thinking twice before stepping into a barbershop for a straight-razor shave. However, many people have that reaction as well when stepping into Daryl Bidner’s Little Barbershop of Horrors in today’s Vancouver Island.
Bidner himself was never one for being mainstream. Growing up as a punk kid in his teen years, the barber today is a close-cropped fellow, arms blazoned with tattoos, and a late 1960s skinhead-style outfit décor via collared shirt, sleeveless sweater matched to his jeans and boots. However, when it comes to cutting hair, Bidner is all the professional and about business.
Starting off definitely wanting his barbershop to stand out and apart from the competition locally, Bidner modeled the entire theme of his haircutting venue around the movie, Little Shop of Horrors. He parlayed his interest in cutting hair for friends with mohawks into a bona fide skill, and now enjoys regular business as a barber for clientele young and old.
However, life wasn’t always peachy-keen for Bidner. He was a school drop-out, had been in and out of drug addiction, and reached his own personal bottom after being homeless for an extended period. Ironically, it was a tattoo that finally seemed to put the young man back on track. His first tattoo allowed Bidner to skip the usual downspin of wasting the night high on something, and he sobered up. A number of days later, he did it again, using tattoos to get clean. By the 40th inking, Bidner was fundamentally off his addictions and broke his need to use mindlessly.
The tattooing was cathartic for Bidner, and he finally began to think about tomorrow instead of the next binge today. That in turn got him into thinking what Bidner could do for a proper living. Obviously, the young man was not going to go and wear a corporate suit the following Monday. So, he looked around at what made sense. Being a tattoo artist was logical, but then haircutting and being a barber appealed even more.
Bidner knuckled down, figured out how to get himself into barbering school, and after three years of grinding to perfect his skill, he had a license and started his own business with a single barber chair. Since that major breakthrough, Bidner has been at it as a barber for over five years, and he’s been involved with community help drives and giving free haircuts to the homeless at local shelters as well. No surprise, Bidner credits his profession for saving his life and giving him direction, but it has also been a living lesson to others that no matter how bad it gets, people can pull themselves out and up again.
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