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Fake Fans, Fine Flubs and Ferrets —Cagle

November 2010

The urban legend will be perpetuated for a while longer, unfortunately. The tourism office will not be going back to press due to funding restrictions, according to the Telegraph. Perhaps Durham didn’t want to waste the brochures because they were printed on hardy stock. (Insert rim shot.)

A corrected version could go out next fall.

RAT PACK PRINTING: No matter where you work, there’s sure to be an annoying weasel or two that you just wish you could stuff under a press. But at Oxfordshire Print in the U.K., they endured a more literal situation with a runaway ferret bringing things to a halt.

Someone’s apparent pet ferret found its way inside Oxfordshire Print in September and hid, first underneath a table, then a press, according to the Oxford Times. Sadly, four workers—including a sales manager—spent 20 minutes trying to catch the critter. Now, the sales manager not doing anything productive for 20 minutes...that’s hardly breaking news. But work on leaflets and booklets came to a standstill while employees plied the skinny rat with food and water. 

The creature was captured and placed in a cat box, the Times reported. Employees believed the ferret was someone’s pet and that it had wandered away from home, as the animal was not aggressive. More details as warranted.

ON A SERIOUS NOTE: An accident at a paper mill in the U.K. caused a contract worker to have his leg amputated from the knee down. The worker was hurt while replacing a press roll at an M-Real paper mill in Kelmsley, Sittingbourne. He was transported by helicopter to a local hospital for treatment of severe open wounds, at which point the leg was taken.

A four-ton press roll was being lowered when the incident took place. An investigation has been launched to determine how the accident occurred. PI

—Erik Cagle



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