Neither Rain, Nor Snow, Nor Sleet, Nor Address ...

"Cheers" had Cliff Clavin, but Wilmslow, England, has a real Postman Know-It-All — Paul Gardiner.

The Royal Mail postman did the seemingly impossible, the U.K. Daily Mail reports, delivering a postcard addressed to a resident at "Yellow Door, Wilmslow."

Gardiner used his vast knowledge to track down Khumi Burton's canary-yellow door in this town of about 30,000 in Cheshire, England.

"This will be a true test of the postman's resolve as we do not have your full address," read the postcard. It was sent from friends vacationing in Krakow, Poland.

Gardiner proved his resolve and then some.

Michelin Man Plans to Shed a Spare

The Michelin Man is slimming down by a spare, the London Sun reports.

Michelin unveiled a trimmer tire "spokesman" for the British public, eliminating his "spare tire" around the midsection for a new series of U.K. advertisements.

It had been eight years since the nation had seen the Michelin Man, whose larger all-weather frame could have been inspiration for the cuddly heft of the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man from "Ghostbusters."

The changes mirror a more health-conscious Britain, a Michelin official said.

"It shows the evolution of people and is a way of keeping up with changes in society," said Thierry Rudloff, chief of marketing for Michelin.

'I Have Had It With This Squirrel on This Hawaii-Bound Plane'

HONOLULU (AP) — An American Airlines flight made an unscheduled landing after pilots heard something skittering about in the wire-laden space over the cockpit.

The airline blamed the emergency landing of the Tokyo-Dallas flight with 202 passengers on a stowaway squirrel.

"You do not want a varmint up in the wiring areas and what-have-you on an airplane. You don't want anything up there," said John Hotard, spokesman for the Fort Worth, Texas-based airline.

He said pilots feared the animal would chew through wiring or cause other problems.

"So, as a precaution, we diverted," Hotard said.

Once on the ground late Friday, the Boeing 777's human passengers were put up in hotel rooms and later rebooked on other flights.

State and federal agriculture and wildlife officials boarded the plane, set traps and captured the eastern gray squirrel.

Hotard said the plane had flown to Tokyo from New York before the Dallas flight.

Honolulu, however, proved to be the squirrel's final destination. Fearing it may have been carrying rabies, authorities had the rodent killed.

London Bridge Is No Excuse, No Excuse, No Excuse

LONDON (AP) — It was a novel attempt to beat a speeding ticket — objecting to a black border on the speed limit sign — but it failed to impress Britain's High Court on Wednesday.

Lawyers for six motorists who received tickets for exceeding the 20 mph speed limit on London's Tower Bridge in 2005 argued that the signs were unlawful under the 1984 Road Traffic Regulation Act, because they had a tiny black border.

Judge Igor Judge, who heard the case with Judge David Lloyd Jones, ruled that the appeal "was based entirely on a technicality that was utterly devoid of merit."

As a result, officials can go ahead with processing about 10,000 speeding summonses, each carrying fines of $195 to $292, said Simon Walsh, a City of London magistrate.

The Snowy Arches

WOOSTER, Ohio (AP) — Three College of Wooster students were arrested by police Tuesday night while participating in a campus tradition of packing snow into an arch in hopes of getting a snow day.

About 350 students had gathered at the arch, leading campus security to call police. Authorities say some students confronted officers and yelled at them.

Police say the crowd calmed down after the dean of students arrived and got the students to agree not to block the doors to a 105-year-old campus building that just underwent an $18 million renovation.

The students were allowed to proceed with the prank and fill the arch with snow.

The school ended up canceling classes Wednesday because of the bad weather — not the prank.

Compiled by's Sara Bonisteel.

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