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Mad Minute stories for Monday, June 1st

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 Hadan City, China - A man in China accidentally destroyed nearly $1400 in cash when he accidentally mixed it together with corn, which he then fed into a grinder.

The poultry farmer's money was ground to smithereens.

He took the pieces of the cash to a local bank, in hopes of exchanging them for new bills. But unfortunately for him, the bank said the scraps of cash didn't meet the standards for exchanges.

According to Chinese laws, when a bill is damaged by 25%, it is eligible to be exchanged for the full amount.

If it's damaged by 50%, it can be exchanged for half its value.

Any more than 50% damage makes the bill ineligible for an exchange.

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) -- It's been decades since Ofelia Kirker lost her wedding rings, but she'll be wearing the treasured jewelry for her 64th wedding anniversary.

"It feels like we're getting married again," said her 83-year-old husband Robert Kirker.

It's "unbelievable to be wearing them again," said Ofelia Kirker, 82. "They had been gone for so long. It's wonderful to have them back."

She believes the rings tumbled out of her pocket in the 1960s while she was living in the Grant County village of Santa Clara, reports the Las Cruces Sun-News.

They were unearthed in a yard there years ago and have finally made their way back to her thanks to an observant yard worker, one woman's sharp memory and her daughter's persistence.

Kirker had a habit of taking the matching white gold and diamond rings off and wrapping them in tissues while she cooked, placing the tissues in her pocket. "I said be more careful with your rings or you'll lose them," said her husband, Robert Kirker.

And then she lost them. She remembered having them in her pocket at church and suspected they had fallen near the home of Romana Gutierrez, where the couple always parked before celebrating Sunday Mass.

In a panic, Kirker went to Gutierrez's house and began searching in the dirt.

"Mrs. Gutierrez came up to her and said, `What are you doing, Mrs. Kirker?'" Robert Kirker. "Ofelia told her that she lost her wedding rings, and Mrs. Gutierrez said, `Well, good luck. I hope you find them.' "

She never did, and she never replaced the rings.

Gutierrez's daughter, Edna Salas, said the rings were unearthed years later when Gutierrez hired someone to clean her yard.

By that time, the Kirkers had left Santa Clara. Gutierrez didn't know how to reach them, said Salas, so she put the jewelry in a small blue box.

Salas found that box in April.

"It puzzled me because I knew they weren't my mom's rings," she said. "So I got on the phone, and I called my mom and asked her about the rings. She said those wedding rings belong to Ofelia Kirker."

She passed the box on to the Kirkers' daughter-in-law, who worked at a local grocery store. The bewildered daughter-in-law knew nothing about the rings and called the older couple.

"We were all surprised when we got the call," Robert Kirker said. But he was skeptical that the rings were actually be theirs until the daughter-in-law described them.

So the Kirkers travelled to Santa Clara to reclaim the rings and meet Edna.

"It's miracle," Robert Kirker said. "We've had share of our ups and down, but this is uplifting."

The couple lost an infant daughter in a house fire and, later, a granddaughter and great-grandson in a 2012 car crash.

Salas said her mother, who is now 90, was happy for the Kirkers.

"She closed her eyes and just smiled. So was so pleased they were finally turned over to their rightful owner," Salas said.

"I've got to be real careful with them now," said Kirker, who will be celebrating her 64th wedding anniversary in December.

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HONG KONG (AP) -- Christie's said Monday that a Hermes designer handbag smashed a world auction record in Hong Kong.

The auction house did not identify the buyer of the crocodile skin Birkin Bag in fuschia with 18 karat gold and diamond hardware. It sold for 1.72 million Hong Kong dollars ($222,219).

The previous record was set at a U.S. auction in 2011 for another Birkin Bag, in red crocodile skin, that sold for $203,150.

The Birkin Bag was designed for and named after British actress Jane Birkin. It's famous for having a price tag in the thousands of dollars and a years-long waiting list.

The bag was one of more than 300 that Christie's put on the block in Hong Kong, which has emerged as a global auction center thanks to wealthy mainland Chinese.

A similar black Birkin Bag was offered for auction but didn't sell after failing to attract the minimum bid of 1 million Hong Kong dollars ($130,000).

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BERLIN (AP) -- Police in rural northeastern Germany rushed out to track down a reported mob of up to 15 people armed with knives and sticks. Instead, they found a group of asparagus harvesters.

Police in the town of Ludwigslust said a man called their emergency number Saturday to report having seen "10 to 15 people armed with knives and sticks" on a local road.

Within minutes, six police cars were on their way to the scene. Officers quickly discovered, however, that the group was asparagus harvesters walking along the road with their work tools as they went to take a lunch break.

White asparagus is a popular delicacy in Germany and a ubiquitous sight on restaurant menus in late spring.

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While responding to a report of a naked man standing on a riverbank, a Marion County Sheriff Deputy in Florida saw more than he probably expected. 

Deputies say 48-year-old Craig Bierema bent over and mooned the deputy near the Ocala Boat Basin.

The deputy said he saw Bierema naked, on a long, waving his arms and screaming. 

When he turned around and saw the deputy behind him, he stopped. 

He later told deputies he didn't believe the person who said there was a law enforcement officer behind him. 

Bierema also told deputies he drank five beers before they showed up. 

Deputies arrested and booked him into jail on charges of exposing sexual organs. He was later released on a $1,000 bond. 

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A woman from Birmingham, England is in jail for two weeks because she had sex so loudly, her neighbors got annoyed. 

A judge put Gemma Wale under an "antisocial behavior order" which means she can't bother her neighbors anymore. They complained that she had been making too much noise in her apartment. 

In late January, they complained that she was screaming and shouting while having sex, loud enough to wake them up very early in the morning. 

The judge said in doing so, Wale violated the order. 

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Marine and retired Drug Enforcement Administration Agent, George Hood broke the world record over the weekend for the longest plank ever held. He did it to reclaim his title as the record holder and also to raise awareness and funds for wounded warriors. Hood held the plank for 5 hours, 15 minutes and 15 seconds.

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A woman in Omaha, Nebraska says she went blind when a cat licked her in the eye. 

Janese Walters says doctors didn't know what was wrong until she told them she had a cat. That's when they diagnosed her with a cat-scratch disease. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says at some point in their lives, about 40% of cats carry B. Henselae, the bacteria that causes the disease.

The disease "launches" when an infected cat scratches or bites someone, or licks a wound. 

It's rare, but it can cause serious complications. 

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MADRID (AP) - Spanish police say they have arrested three suspects and seized 200 kilograms (441 pounds) of cocaine that had been concealed within a shipment of pineapples that arrived at the southwestern port of Algeciras in containers sent from Central America.

The drug was hidden inside carefully hollowed-out pineapples that had been placed within 11 containers, a statement says. The cocaine had been covered in a protective coating of yellow wax that helped disguise it, the statement says.

Two of the suspects are Spaniards of Colombian descent who own fruit-importing companies in Madrid and Barcelona, although investigations are still ongoing.

Another container with drugs was stopped at the Belgian port of Antwerp, although its final destination was listed as the Netherlands.

Sunday's statement didn't specify when exactly the arrests were made.

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MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) - Police say an Indiana woman stabbed another woman in the eye with a fork in a dispute over the last rib at a barbecue.

The Star Press reports a 45-year-old woman was arrested Sunday night on a preliminary charge of criminal recklessness.

An affidavit says the woman was attending a barbecue in Muncie when she raised the ire of the host's daughter by "taking the last rib from the kitchen."

The affidavit says the woman told police that the daughter accused her of "taking all the food," so she stabbed her in the eye.

Police say the woman maintains she acted in self-defense and that the homeowner's daughter was brandishing a knife.

The woman was in the Delaware County jail on $5,000 bond as of Tuesday.
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