The French have a phrase I’ve always liked: faits divers, literally “random facts.” It refers to the little news items you might find anywhere in your newspaper, often used to fill a small space that needed – well, a filler. They tend to be about crime of some sort; the French website L’actualité des faits-divers, for instance, has the categories (I’m translating here) “Accidents, Attacks, Murders, Disappearances, Rapes, Oddities, Kidnappings.”
Marmora – On August 27, 2013, Central Hastings O.P.P. [note to readers: that’s Ontario Provincial Police] responded to a residential break and enter on [name of street and hamlet omitted to prevent embarrassment to anyone] in the municipality of Marmora and Lake. Investigation revealed that a 50″ Sony flatscreen television stolen from the home may have been left on [name omitted] Road with a sign attached reading “Free.”
And that’s all it said. But people, I think there’s a story here. Possibly a rather entertaining one.