Detour

As she dove for her pillow in her Hong Kong hotel room after a rough day traveling, Swedish businesswoman Margareta Anderssen spotted something moving on the desk. Inside a small bowl was some colorful plastic sea-stuff, sand and, unmistakably, a live, tail-flapping goldfish. "Hi!" read a message stuck on the bowl. "What am I doing here?" the cheeky note asked. "Let's face it. You're in Hong Kong alone and maybe you need an ear to talk to at night. I'm a great listener. I'm here as long as you want me, but if you're tired of my company, then give housekeeping...

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