Fitting Reply

Noel Coward once spent a very uncomfortable night at a bug-infested hotel in the Seychelles. As he was checking out, the manager asked the famous playwright whether he might put up a sign reading, "Noel Coward Slept Here". "Certainly," Coward replied, "if you'll add one word: fitfully."

[In April 2003, Germany introduced legislation criminalizing the killing of ants -- and appointed 85 "ant protection officers" to protect the insects. Homeowners and gardeners were warned that destroying an anthill or underground nest would result in a hefty fine. Instead, ants (valued by German foresters for eating insects which attack trees) should be moved (with help from a local forestry office) to local woods.]

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