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Quick Takes

"Quick Takes" Continued...

Issue: "Tour d'America road rage," Feb. 11, 2012

Rich for a day

For a short time, Parijat Saha of Balurghat, India, was one of the world's richest men despite only drawing a teacher's salary of about $700 per year. Expecting to find about $200, Saha checked his savings account on Jan. 15 to find a balance of 490 billion rupees, or $9.75 billion. Perplexed, Saha says he then walked to a local ATM machine to double-check his balance, confirming a rather profound bank error in his favor. But rather than going on a shopping spree, Saha alerted the State Bank of India and reported the error.

Sailing away

Now that Dutch teenager Laura Dekker has completed her circumnavigation of the world, she says she'll not likely return to her home in the Netherlands. The Dutch girl completed her one-year, round-the-world voyage on Jan. 21-a year and a day after sailing west from St. Martin in the Caribbean on her 38-foot ketch. She returned to St. Martin after a 6,400-mile voyage that took her through the Panama Canal, through the Galapagos Islands, and around the Horn of Africa. The Dutch teenager, now 16, tried to organize a solo, round-the-world sailing voyage when she was 14, but Dutch child welfare officials prevented it, taking partial custody of the teen in 2009. Freed from government custody in July 2010, Dekker again began planning her circumnavigation with her father. Dekker recently on her blog suggested that she and her father will resettle in New Zealand: "The Dutch government was not kind to me."

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