Man Dreams of Cell Phone Number, Texts It and Meets Future Wife

Not many people can top David Brown's tale of how he met his wife.

Five years ago, the British man dreamed of a cell-phone number, the U.K. Daily Mail reports. He decided to text it, thinking it might have belonged to someone he met the night before.

It didn't. Instead Brown's message reached Michelle Kitson, a 17-year-old whom he had never met.

"It was really weird but I was absolutely hooked," Kitson told the paper. "My mum and dad kept saying, 'But he could be an axe murderer', but I knew there was something special about it. I hadn't had a boyfriend before. Those first text messages were a real adrenaline rush."

The pair exchanged phone calls and letters and Brown eventually moved 60 miles to be closer to his dream lover.

"She really is the girl of my dreams," said Brown, now 24, from Harefield, North-West London.

Kitson felt the same way about Brown. The happy couple just returned from their honeymoon.

Cat Commutes for Fancier Feast

He may have nine lives, but that doesn't stop this guy from being lazy and taking the bus.

A snow white cat has taken to riding the bus in the West Midlands of England, the U.K. Daily Mail reports.

Riders say the feline, nicknamed Macavity after the mystery cat in a T.S. Eliot poem, hops onto the No. 331 bus several mornings a week and pops off 400 yards down the road near a fish and chips shop.

He's been following this commute since January, said Bill Khunkhun, the driver of the bus.

"I pulled up on Churchill Road to let a couple of passengers on," Khunkhun told the paper. "As soon as I opened the doors the cat ran towards the bus, jumped on and ran under one of the seats, I don't think any of the passengers noticed.

"Because I had seen it jump off the day before I carried on driving and sure enough when I stopped just down the road he jumped off — I don't know why he would catch the bus but he seems to like it," he continued. "I told some of the other drivers on this route and they have seen him too."

Click here to see photos of Macavity on his commute.

Macavity always gets on at the same stop, rides in the front of the bus and gets off near the chip shop.

"It was quite strange at first but now it just seems normal," said Paul Brennan, a passenger. "I suppose he is the perfect passenger really — he sits quietly, minds his own business and then gets off."

Umlaut Nabs Fake Policeman

Swedish police nabbed a phony policeman April 6 thanks to a perp who dotted his "i" as well as his "o."

Cops in Jönköping, Sweden, received reports of a fake blue and white Volvo 245 police car with a flashing blue light and "Pölis" written on the side, the Local reports. Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately) for the owner of the vehicle, the Swedish word for police is "polis," spelled without the umlaut.

The police were able to track down the vehicle and its owner a short time later. Thanks to that bit of bad punctuation, he was able to hold on to his vehicle.

"It was spelled wrong, so he got to keep it," said Jönköping police spokesman Lars Johansson, noting "we took off his blue lights and confiscated them."

Cops said they could have arrested him for impersonating a public official, but they decided against it.

"It could have been perceived as a police car, and that's definitely not good," Johansson said. "But on the other hand he hasn't done anything really stupid. He hasn't been out stopping any cars — that would have been a lot more serious."

Baby If You've Ever Wondered Whatever Happened to Me

CINCINNATI (AP) — The mayor's errant ceremonial first pitch on baseball's opening day has inspired a sandwich with a fitting name: The Mark Mallory Screwball.

The ingredients for the sandwich at Izzy's deli will be "any two meats tossed in the general direction of a bun or two pieces of bread." The Screwball will be served with a potato pancake and pickles for $7.75.

"This is wonderful," Mallory said Monday. "Who wouldn't want a sandwich named for them?"

Mallory's pitch in front of a sold-out crowd April 2 at Great American Ball Park didn't go great. It was several feet to the first-base side of home plate, making him the butt of jokes among some late-night comedians. Video of the pitch has been played repeatedly on Web sites.

"There's so much negativity that you hear about the city of Cincinnati all the time," said John Geisen, president of Izzy's, which is a block from City Hall. "But the mayor has brought some fun to it. So we wanted to, too."

Finally, a Groom That Knows His Priorities

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) — As his bride-to-be's house went up in flames hours before their wedding, Rocky Nelson got his priorities in order.

Rescue his mother from the blaze. And rescue his tuxedo.

Lisa Nelson laughed while recalling the image of her fiance, standing barefoot in the street in his boxers and clutching the tux like it was his baby.

"He is the bravest man I've ever seen in my life," she said.

Fortunately, she had left her wedding gown at the church.

The couple, who've been together five years, married Saturday at the Church of God of Prophecy in Ridgeway, 12 hours after the fire.

Although some might have considered the blaze a bad omen, the fire "was our sign to go through with it," Nelson said.

Officials were trying Monday to determine the cause of the fire.

Compiled by's Sara Bonisteel.

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