I don't know whether news outlets are strapped for news today but this has been a day of one weird, stretch your credibility, run of stories.
Nordstrom's has been selling an 85 dollar rock wrapped in rich, vegetable-tanned American leather secured by sturdy contrast backstitching. 85 dollars for what they call a stone, not a rock! But it's a rock. And has sold out online! I'm not heading over to the Galleria Nordstrom's to see if they still have any in stock and I can't even imagine why so many people want one. Pet rocks were popular when my kids were young, but this reincarnation is way over the top. I just wish Norstrom's had come to the seminary to buy their "stones" because we have tons.
Then there was a story which occurred in Washington state, but hit the wire services: "This couple is the proud new owner of their own backyard". This is exactly the kind of story link that I'm a sucker for and yes, I clicked to see why they didn't own their backyard in the first place.
This couple was the only bidder in an online auction for two parsels of ground which turned out to be their backyard. The couple spent just over $2,500 to buy the land outside their back door that they had thought they already owned. How it happened that when they bought the house last March is convoluted and includes, a 1989 land condemnation, a 2012 foreclosure and the death of a former owner. Oddly no one in the real estate or title office told them and they found out about the online auction through a ad flyer mailed to their house.