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The Daily Catch - published on 09/03/16

We’ve got quite a selection of entertaining links for you. Come and get’em.

No, the Internet Has Not Killed the Printed Book. Most People Still Prefer Them. – (nytimes.com)

Possibly wishful thinking from the NY times, a study has found that 65% of adults in the US still prefer books to tablets:

Lee Rainie, the director of internet, science and technology research for Pew Research, said the study demonstrated the staying power of physical books. “I think if you looked back a decade ago, certainly five or six years ago when ebooks were taking off, there were folks who thought the days of the printed book were numbered, and it’s just not so in our data,” he said. The 28 percent who said they had read an ebook in the past year has remained relatively steady in the past two years, but the way they are consuming ebooks is changing.

This Pet Groomer Caught Dancing With A Client’s Dog Will Melt Your Heart – (Boredpanda.com)

This old guy was not expecting to be recorded, but we’re glad he was:

9 Years After Their Wedding, Couple Finds An Unopened Gift In Their Closet – (littlethings.com)

Kathy Gunn’s great aunt gave her a wedding present with the instruction “Do not open until 1st disagreement”. 9 Years later she found the box in her closet and got the best wedding gift. (Pics in the link):

Of course, over the span of many years, arguments will arise. And many fear that this may be the argument that will make or break a couple. But now one pair is revealing how one woman’s wedding gift changed how they saw marriage. Kathy Gunn and her husband have been married for 9 years, and have children together. On their wedding day, her great aunt gave them a wedding gift. Only they couldn’t open it right away. Instructions left for them told them to wait until their first argument. But it’s only now that they remembered the gift, and have chosen to reveal what was inside…

Guy Documents His First Week Of Work At Target, And It Couldn’t Get More Hilarious – (Boredpanda.com)

A man started work at Target and kept track of all the events that his first week contained. Some of our favorites were:

-Had a very engaging conversation with a three year old boy about colors. We both like blue. -Gave dozens of children stickers. Several of them squealed when they got them. This is the best part of my job. -Two children came through the line. They were chanting to their mom through heavy streams of tears “WE WANT STICKERS MOMMY.” There were no stickers at any of the registers. They continued crying. I failed my people.

When London Burned: 1666’s Great Fire – (History.com)

In case you didn’t realize, yesterday was the 350th anniversary of the great fire of 1666 in London:

The fateful spark in the Great Fire came early on Sunday, September 2, at the Pudding Lane bakery of Thomas Farriner. Before heading to bed that night, Farriner had made a final inspection of his bakery and raked the spent coals in his ovens, which were still warm from a day of making ship’s biscuit for King Charles II’s navy. He would later swear that the ovens were extinguished when he retired to his upstairs apartment, but it seems that a smoldering ember escaped and started a fire. Whatever the cause, at around 1 a.m., Farriner awoke to find his house in flames. The baker and his daughter only survived by exiting an upstairs window and crawling on a gutter to a neighbor’s house. His manservant also escaped, but another servant, a young woman, perished in the smoke and flames.
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