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Some interesting tiny things free for the taking at the VN

You never know what you’ll find in the Valley News office.

We have this unspoken rule that anything left on this table opposite the coat rack near the back entrance is up for grabs — that is, someone is trying to get rid of it and is offering it up to their co-workers before they donate it. I’ve scored some neat books, a CD and my trusty framing square from the free stuff table (I print letterpress, and I’m always trying to make sure things are lined up straight).

On Wednesday, though, I was headed upstairs to our holiday party when something colorful caught my eye, stopping me dead in my tracks:

A collection of small toys, including some brightly colored cars, being offered up to 'Valley News' staffers.

A collection of small toys, including some brightly colored cars, being offered up to ‘Valley News’ staffers.

I’ve seen some weird things left on that table, but I’d never seen any toys (dog toys once, but not human toys). I obviously took a picture, because duh. (I did not take any of the toys.)

Today, however, I came in and noticed that all of the cars had disappeared, leaving what I had initially overlooked: a plastic container full of what appears to be tiny men in shades of yellow, blue and raspberry (aka pink):

The remaining container full of small, colorful toy men.

The remaining container full of small, colorful toy men.

I’ll keep y’all posted on whether or not the tiny humans are still there tomorrow. Stay tuned!

The ‘Valley News’ got a shoutout in ‘Junction’ Magazine’s news installment

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Junction Magazine name-dropped the VN in its latest news roundup, published on Dec. 8. (Honestly, the Christmas-hating squirrels is what caught my eye and prompted me to click through.)

On November 19, Valley News tells us “Owning a Dog Could Lower Risk of Death” and one day later it’s puppies, pizza, and leptospirosis! PSA: Talk to your pets about quitting smoking today.

At least they’re reading ¯\_(ツ)_/¯