First off, a senior New York-based investment banker recently woke up on his 45th birthday, expecting to be made a fuss of by his wife and kids before he went off to work. He was really upset when his family appeared to have forgotten his birthday, and left for his firm in a bad mood.
Imagine his surprise, then, when the banker arrived at work and found that his secretary hadn't forgotten his special day, and invited him out to a celebration lunch. After the lunch, the secretary suggested that, as it was a 'nice day', they skip work for the afternoon, and go back to her apartment, which was fairly close by.
Once in her apartment, the banker's secretary excused herself, as she wanted to 'slip into something more comfortable'. After a few minutes, the secretary returned carrying a large birthday cake, and was followed by the banker's wife, children and other relatives, who were all singing 'Happy Birthday'. The banker was by this time sitting expectantly on the couch - stark naked!
The party was cancelled, the marriage was over, and the secretary was fired. She is now suing for unfair dismissal. The banker claims that the whole thing is a terrible misunderstanding, and that he took his clothes off as the thermosat wasn't working in the apartment, and he'd become very hot (that he had!).
And finally, a completely unrelated story from Bangkok. Local media reports claim that a hippopotamus accidentally swallowed a dwarf in a 'freak accident' in Northern Thailand recently. Apparently a circus dwarf, nicknamed Od, died when he bounced sideways from a trampoline and was swallowed by a yawning hippopotamus waiting to appear in the next act. The Hippo is said have had a 'gag' reflex which unfortunately forced her to swallow. More than 1,000 spectators are said to have applauded wildly, until they realised that there had been a tragic accident.
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