The World: A Tale of Too Many Turtles

Many businessmen would probably be happy to receive more goods than they ordered, so long as they did not have to pay money for them. Not René Debruyne, a grain and pet dealer in Lille. When his shipment arrived at the port of Dunkirk, he refused to accept custody. He had ordered 20,000 turtles, and his Moroccan supplier had generously thrown in an extra 5,000-but the shipment had arrived three months late. "The summer holidays are approaching," Debruyne explained, "and I couldn't dispose of that many turtles."

Yet there they were, in 365 wicker...

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