“Pawternity leave.”

God Bless America

A unique family reunion

New Jersey State Trooper Michael Patterson made a routine traffic stop that turned into the oddest of family reunions recently, according to the Association of Mature American Citizens [AMAC]. The driver he pulled over, Michael Bailly, mentioned that he was retired but that he had been a police officer in the town of Piscataway. The trooper said he grew up in Piscataway. The more they talked, the more they realized they had a lot in common. In fact, it turned out that nearly three decades ago then officer Bailly had helped a pregnant woman in distress deliver her baby and that the woman was, indeed, trooper Patterson’s mother. The New Jersey State Police wasted no time in posting the news on its Facebook page: “We’re not sure what the odds are of this happening — maybe they’re close to the odds of a hole-in-one, winning the lottery, or being struck by lightning — but it happened.”

A big bomb

Bath bombs effervesce when wet and are used to convert bathwater into an aromatic treat. They typically weigh a few ounces, says the Association of Mature American Citizens [AMAC], but a soap store in Indiana decided to make a super-sized bath bomb in hopes of getting into the Guinness Book of World Records. Amie Pearson, owner of Mama Pearson’s Soaporium in Gas City, IN said she contacted the folks at Guinness who told her there was no bath bomb record. But, they said, if there were it would have to weigh at least 45 pounds. So, Amie and her crew concocted what they hoped would be the biggest of bombs. It weighed in at 198.64 pounds, just to be on the safe side.

Puppy love

Scandinavians apparently will go to extremes in order to make sure employees have the best fringe benefits. The Association of Mature American Citizens [AMAC] reports that the Musti Group, which operates in Norway, Sweden and Finland, has started giving its 1,500 employees “pawternity leave.”  The pet supply company’s marketing director says “Puppy socialization and training can’t happen during evenings or weekends alone.”