Top Stories on this week


The unluckiest lottery and a potty-mouthed musician were among the stories that got you, our readers, clicking this past week, and some were still on our most popular list as the weekend came into play. Here are the top 5 stories that piqued your curiosity — or raised the hair on your neck.

Bad news for record lottery “winner”

Poor Stanley Philander. He is deaf. His wife is deaf. He works as a cleaner in South Africa. No doubt his $12 million lottery win was going to come in very handy. Except it didn’t. He didn’t win. He is still poor. His relatives don’t believe him though because the newspaper reported he won. He didn’t. He and his family have been moved to a secret location for their protection. Poor Stanley Philander.

TV medical dramas show viewers the wrong response

HughLaurieScandalous! It seems the doctors and nurses in popular TV shows from “House” to “ER’ do the wrong thing nearly half the time. If you get your medical advice from the tube, you may want to ask for your kidney back. Readers  not only clicked on this story but left a plethora of comments as well. One observer keenly remarked that while TV is indeed “stupid”, why make it “more stupid than it has to be?”

Surgical tool left in Czech woman

A picture says a thousand words and the picture here says, “Oh, My God!” Doctors left a foot-long – yes, FOOT-LONG, surgical instrument in a woman’s abdomen. One foot. That’s a Subway sandwich. The head surgeon has resigned. Perhaps the disgraced surgeon can find a  position on “House”.

Graphic: BRIC nations by the numbers


Brazil, Russia, China and India, the so-called BRIC group of emerging powers, have gained clout on the global stage in the past decade as their economies grew faster than those of developed countries.