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Please enjoy this riveting mystery about a stolen lunch

Anyone who works in an office will relate to this so. hard. You don’t mess around with your co-workers’ lunches.

On Friday, Twitter user @ZakToscani tweeted out a play-by-play of what happened when one of his colleagues discovered his lunch had been taken out of the fridge at the post-production company where they work.

This story is a roller coaster, y’all. It has twists and turns, generous portions of shrimp fried rice, and is generally amazing. (Click the tweet to read the full thread.)

People were quick to chime in with their own tales of corporate food weirdness.

(Full disclosure: I laughed out loud at the carrot one.)

Happy Friday!

Accountant plays goalie for Chicago Blackhawks, absolutely crushes it

The Chicago Blackhawks’ hottest player right now isn’t a player at all – he’s an accountant.

Scott Foster, a 36-year-old Chicago accountant, is the internet’s Darling of the Day thanks to his performance as goalie in Thursday night’s game between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Winnipeg Jets.

Foster was signed to the team in an emergency backup role shortly before the game. The last time he played hockey was in 2006, while he attended Western Michigan University.

He figured he’d be warming the bench all night, but he soon found himself in goal as the backup’s backup after the team’s first two goaltenders were hurt. (Goalie Corey Crawford is out with an injury; the team’s other goalie, Anton Forsburg, was injured in practice on Thursday; and Forsburg’s backup, Collin Delia, was hurt in the third period, leaving no one but Foster to guard the net.)

The Blackhawks were up, 6-2, when Foster stepped in, and he made sure to keep it that way. He blocked each of the seven shots that came at him, prompting the hashtag #FosterOfThePeople to start circulating on Twitter, as well as chants in the stadium. The team left with the W.

People were loving it.

Foster, meanwhile, was in awe of the entire situation. (Check out his postgame interview, above. There are some great quotes in there.)

So good.

Apparently there’s a long history of average Joes being dressed and put into NHL games: The Coyotes, the Blues, the Penguins and the Hurricanes, among others, all have had randos moonlight on their squads, according to my very scientific review of previous Deadspin pieces. Sports!

It’s ice cream Christmas, y’all

Vidar the Vizsla enjoys a puppy-sized serving of ice cream at Ice Cream Fore-U in West Lebanon, N.H., on April 10, 2017.(Valley News – Jennifer Hauck) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

I just made that term up, but it feels right, because the ice cream window at Fore-U is opening at 11 this morning*, and even though it’s feeling a little dreary out, I trust the Fore-U folks a lot more than Punxsutawney Phil to tell me when winter is finally over!

(*That’s according to an email sent out by Ice Cream Fore-U this morning! The window will be open daily from 11 a.m.-9 p.m., according to the message.)

According to our records, today’s opening is one day earlier than last year, when Fore-U opened on March 31. So, there’s that.

Also, here’s a video I made last year, which holds up pretty well and which I should probably just re-publish every spring:

Due to the proximity of the newsroom, the Fore-U ice cream window is No. 1 on my radar. Do you know of any other Upper Valley ice cream windows that are opening already?

Let me know!


Adoptable pets in the Upper Valley, and one last reminder on Easter bunnies!

Our latest adoptable pets feature is now live! You can check them all out at www.vnews.com/adoptablepets.


Please think twice about buying a rabbit as an Easter gift. Over the past couple weeks, I’ve put together a thread on the Upper Valley VT/NH Facebook group showing great Easter gifts that don’t need their litter boxes changed daily for 10 years, all available from small businesses around the Upper Valley.

BTW, here’s this week’s adoptables:

Click any picture for more.




Overnight fire in West Lebanon sends 9 people to the hospital

Nine people were taken to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center overnight and two children were rescued by a neighbor following a smoky fire that heavily damaged an apartment at The Village at Crafts Hill apartment complex. (A news release originally said eight people were hospitalized, but that number was later increased.) Click here to read more at the Valley News website.

Eight people were taken to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in the early morning hours of Friday, March 30, 2018, and two children were rescued by a neighbor following a smoky fire that heavily damaged an apartment at The Village at Crafts Hill apartment complex in West Lebanon, N.H. (Lebanon Fire Department photograph)