• A man was fixing his faulty alarm system and had to open up a wall to fish the wires. He had a rough time but finally everything was working properly and he was happy not to have his alarm screaming incessantly. A few hours later while watching TV, he saw an ad selling camping supplies and remarked that they had the same flashlight as him. He reached into his toolbox to grab this item and realized it was missing. A few minutes of searching and the light went on. He reopened the wall he had recently worked on and a beam blinded him – his flashlight was not only in the wall’s cavity but still on.

• It is surprising what you can discover when you replace your dishwasher after ten years. Imagine a nearly-new pair of pliers that had been the object of many hours of fruitless hunting – until now.

• A woman drove an acquaintance to a medical appointment at Le Fleurimont Hospital in Sherbrooke and, while waiting to drive her back home, she sat down beside the pond to relax. She saw four mallards peacefully swimming and then she spotted a cormorant spreading its wings on the bank. She was surprised to see such a bird in that environment. Obviously, it had found a good place to fish and was drying its wings and giving patients, medical staff and visitors a chance to admire and take photos of an unusual guest.

• Being woken from a deep sleep by a foreign object flying over your head is never a happy feeling and a man immediately turned on his bedside light and caught sight of a bat heading for the door. Bleary-eyed, he searched in vain for the intruder and, finally, returned to bed for a troubled sleep. The next night, it was his wife that was awoken and this time they mutually found the intruder, managed to coral it in a towel and gently set it free outdoors.