A good day for:

Bowleaze, a male hamster in Somerset who recovered after his own funeral. Believing he was dead - the animal was stiff and emitting a "slight pong" - his owners buried him in their garden. On learning, some considerable time later, that hamsters hibernate, stiffly and pongily, in cold weather, they dug him up, carried him into the warmth and watched him return to life.

A bad day for:

A Grantham couple, too embarrassed to give their names, whose family tiff cost them pounds 500. The angry husband threw a briefcase at his wife but missed. The case went flying past her and sailed over a garden hedge, where it was promptly picked up by three youths who ran off. The man then remembered that the case contained pounds 500 in cash.

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