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Here are some interesting and amusing developments from the past week that aren’t exactly news but might make you smile.

1. Woman demolishes UK factory where dad killed

In the ultimate workplace retribution, the AP reports that a woman was allowed to push the plunger that demolished a factory where her father was killed in an industrial accident in 1995.  “Sarah Griffiths won a competition to lead the demolition Sunday of a tower owned by Campbell’s Soup food manufacturer… The site was being cleared for a new commercial and retail development.”

2. Demise of local Dr Pepper brand worries Texas town

“You see somebody cutting your name out of something like it never happened, and that’s just gut-wrenching,” said Pat Leatherwood, vice president of First National Bank of Dublin.” That’s a quote from an AP story describing what’s happening in Dublin, Texas: Dublin Dr Pepper, a version of the popular soft drink made with cane sugar instead of corn syrup, has been bought up by Dr Pepper Snapple Group and shut down. It’s been bottled in Dublin since 1891.

3. Utah man gets lost class ring back 45 years later

This guy should play the lottery. Brent Aguirre lost his high school ring a few months after graduating in 1966. Last month a couple contacted him on Facebook and said they’d found it. “He said he only has one regret: that his mother, once upset that her teenage son lost the valuable so quickly, was not around to see that he’d found it at last.”

4. America’s lunch hour on the endangered list

Here’s some food for thought: MSNBC reports that only 35 percent of U.S. employees “almost always” take a lunch break, down from 50 percent last year. Coincidentally, “Employees in Hong Kong’s financial district staged a protest last week because their lunch break of 90 minutes was going to be shortened to only an hour.”

5. Brewer you’ve never heard of is No. 1 in US, depending how you count

Drum-roll please… And the largest American-owned brewer of beer is…Yuengling, of Pottsville, Pa.  Yes, this 183-year-old brewer of seven brands distributed primarily in the Southeast is now the largest U.S.-owned beer maker.  Anheuser-Busch, owner of the Budweiser brand, is owned by Belgian company InBev. Miller is owned by British company SABMiller and Coors is owned by Molson, a Canadian company.

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