QUIRKY WORLD ... One company’s domain is another man’s gain

US: A man bought a domain name worth $15,000 (€13,000) for just $10.99 after a website glitch gave him the in-demand address by mistake.

QUIRKY WORLD ... One company’s domain is another man’s gain

Bruce Marler was inspired to try to purchase credit.club after hearing about the recent sale of wine.club for $140,000.

He should have been charged thousands for the address — potentially useful to financial firms — but instead managed to check out the name for a few dollars.

He then created a website on the Wordpress platform and registered the corresponding Twitter handle.

The company that runs all dot-club domain names, .Club Domains, said that the sale was an error on its part and that several premium domain names were wrongly listed as available for the low fee for 24 hours. The mistake has now been corrected.

It says it is within its rights to rescind the registration and cancel the purchase, but chief executive Colin Campbell said the company would honour the deal.

In a statement, Campbell said: “The registry does not believe it is in our best interest, nor the best interest of the registrant, to pull the name back, given the substantial investment in time and money he has invested to launch credit.club.

“I informed the registrant of such matters and wish him a continued success.”

Marler says he eventually wants to cash in on the domain name.

Better late than never

England: A former pupil has returned a school book 65 years after first borrowing it — and has paid a £1,500 (€2,000) “fine” as recompense.

Jay Tidmarsh, 82, came across the long-forgotten copy of Ashenden by W Somerset Maughan as he cleared out his shelves.

The former businessman opened the cover and inside spotted the stamp of his old school, which he had left in 1949. Tidmarsh, who was the Lord Lieutenant of Bristol between 1996 and 2007, decided to return the book to Taunton School in Somerset along with £1,500 donation to the school library.

Nappy birthday

US: A flying fiend which has been attacking joggers in an Oregon park is a notorious barred owl, experts say — a species the US government is spending millions to kill.

A runner who was attacked in Salem on January 13 said he thought he was having a stroke when the bird twice struck him in the head.

A great horned owl was initially suspected, but according to the Salem Statesman Journal, Audubon Society birders have now identified it as a barred owl, an invasive species from the east that is the greatest threat to northern spotted owls, a threatened species.

The US Forest Service is engaged in a $3.5m experiment to see if shooting barred owls will help spotted owls turn around a downward population trend.

Home security

US: A family in northern Ohio said a man trying to break into their home left behind a trail of blood after meeting their dog at the front door.

The family in Port Clinton said they were at home when their 11-year-old pit bull named Mamma heard something at the door and began growling.

Tony Byrd Jr told The Blade newspaper in Toledo that he heard screaming from the front of the house, and came out to see the would-be burglar shutting the door and running to a car. He said the dog is normally playful.

Police asked hospitals to look out for anyone seeking treatment for dog bites.

Paying no compliments

US: A cable company has caused outrage by addressing a customer’s bill to ‘Mr Asshole Brown’.

A rogue employee of Comcast changed Ricardo Brown’s name to ‘Asshole Brown’ and sent him a bill with his ‘new’ moniker printed on it.

Brown’s wife Lisa had phoned Comcast to try and reduce the cable bill and was put through to a retention specialist who tried to persuade her to sign a two-year contract. She declined.

She said: “I am shocked. I was never rude. It could have been that person was upset because I didn’t take the offer.”

Comcast, which has now promised to fire the employee responsible, added: “We have zero tolerance for this type of disrespectful behaviour and are conducting a thorough investigation to determine what happened.”

Snap decision

Lithuania: A baby caiman has found a new home at a zoo after its previous owner tried to sell it online, apparently upon realising that the pet reptile he was raising in his bathroom was not a harmless lizard.

Officials at Kaunas zoo said authorities confiscated the spectacled caiman from a student who had posted an online advertisement for a large lizard.

They said the student had kept it for several months but, stunned by how fast it was growing, decided to get rid of it. Lithuanian law prohibits raising dangerous animals at home.

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