Wednesday, July 24, 2002

Elvis to appear at the Wimbledon finals
In today's SPIEGEL Online there is a new proof that the British are somewhat different from the rest of Europe.

Ian MacMillan set five pence (8 Eurocent) on the fact that Elvis will appear in London on the running horse "Shergar" and compete against Lord Duncan in the Wimbledon finals. If everything turns out well, he'll get a million pound (1.6 million Euro) in return. Well, you can believe that Elvis is still alive, but the Lord Duncan has disappeared in 1974 and the running horse has been kidnapped by the Irish Republican Army (IRA) in 1983. So the chances are a bit reduced, isn't it?

Anyway, the British bookmaker William Hill took precautions and limited the bet to 5 cents while the unemployed Ian MacMillan wanted to wager 10 Pounds in order to get 200 million in return. Now tell me, which one of the two is more insane?

No matter what, that's the stories we love the British for! If you like to read such stories, check out Bill Bryson. He wrote books about several countries and tells really unique stories (UK / USA / Europe / more...).

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