There's more going on in the world, financially speaking, than just the falling earnings at Sun Microsystems
- Teri Horton, a retired truck driver, bought what she considered an extremely ugly painting at a garage sale for $5, intending to cheer up a depressed friend with it. Turns out, it may well be a Jackson Pollock painting, worth millions. She's still waiting for a resolution of the matter, more than 10 years later.
- An electric company in Vladivostok, Russia, has hit upon a novel way to get unresponsive customers to pay their bills -- it's petnapping their pets and holding them for ransom.
- A woman who stole $71 from a public library in Indiana bit two librarians when they tried to stop her. She was later apprehended, with the $71 in her underwear.
- A man in Taiwan robbed a bank, but then apparently stuck around, waiting for the police. He explained that he wanted to be arrested, in order to avoid meeting up with a loan shark.
- An identity thief in Connecticut probably regrets his choice of victims: He stole the identity of a sex offender.
- The city of Detroit was fined $28,000 for bouncing a $359,375 check.
- Here's a new business idea: A Las Vegas-area man has made millions selling land on the moon and various planets.
- An Ohio woman is suing a casino in the hope that it will ban her husband, who has lost more than $80,000 there.
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