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Man accidentally buys 1000 hens from online auction

2023-04-07 21:57:49

Man accidentally buys 1000 hens from online auction

Steve Morrow had no idea what he was getting into when he put in a peculiar bid on the New Zealand auction site Trade Me.

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The sale was for "one 1000" hens, according to Stuff(Opens in a new tab). The ad also read, "As a matter of urgency we need to move approximately 1000 hens." A small free-range egg farm was closing down and needed to re-home its birds. Morrow thought the auction winner would be allowed to take as many hens as he or she pleased, but uh, that's not how it worked.

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"When the auction closed, I thought 'this is great', I could take as many birds as I wanted," Morrow told Stuff. "But when I spoke to the man and he said it was for 1000 hens ... holy moly, I was stunned, I can tell you that."

Morrow said the wording of the ad was "confusing," but the seller, Matthew Blomfield, didn't agree. He told Stuff he thought the ad, which mentioned 1000 hens three times, was clear.

"It's pretty bloody hard to get that wrong," he said.

Now Morrow, the maybe-not-so-proud owner of a 1000 hens, is trying to find homes for the birds.

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"He didn't just make a mistake and not follow through," Blomfield told Stuff(Opens in a new tab). "He contacted Animal Sanctuary and they're helping us interview those that have put their hands up – we want to make sure these birds are going to safe homes." Morrow appears to be making significant progress.

After he posted about the incident on social media, at least 700 of the hens reportedly have new homes lined up. Morrow is keeping 20 himself.

So that leaves only about 280 hens still in need of new owners. Any takers?

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    But at the very least, we can consider all the ways that cars made our lives easier this year, and continue to implement them going forward. Drive-thru voting is such a no-brainer that every state should implement it. Curbside retail reduces the need for parking garages, themselves an inefficient waste of time and money; it's a superior system for employees and customers alike. And of course, superfast drive-thru jabs should be a thing at every health provider going forward. Not just for the flu, but for the new COVID vaccines that need to get into our bloodstream with zero-to-sixty haste.

  • Blink smart cameras and doorbells are up to 48% off, plus more of the best deals of the day

    Blink smart cameras and doorbells are up to 48% off, plus more of the best deals of the day

    We've rounded up the best deals we could find on March 14 — here are some of our top picks:


    • BEST APPLE DEAL: Apple 2021 10.2-inch iPad (WiFi, 64GB)(Opens in a new tab) $249.99 $329 (save $79.01)

    • BEST AMAZON DEVICE DEAL: Blink smart home doorbells and cameras(Opens in a new tab)starting at $34.99 (save up to 48%)

    • BEST STREAMING DEAL: Starz(Opens in a new tab)$3/month for three months $8.99/month (save $17.97)

    • BEST HOME DEAL: Solo Stove Pi pizza oven(Opens in a new tab)$439.99 $624.99 (save $185) + free gas burner

    • BEST TECH DEAL: Lenovo Ideapad 1 15.6-inch laptop (AMD, Athlon Silver 3050U, 4GB RAM, 128GB eMMC)(Opens in a new tab)$179.99 $329.99 (save $150) + 6 free months of Webroot internet security

    Still feeling sleepy after springing forward? Here's something to perk you up: it's Pi Day! Celebrate by cutting prices on Apple, Amazon, Dyson, and other big brand products down to a fraction of their regular costs.

    We've already rounded up the best deals we could find for you on March 14. All you have to do is scroll and shop. Check out our top picks for the day below.

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    Best Apple deal

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    Our pick: Apple 2021 iPad (WiFi, 64GB) (opens in a new tab) (Opens in a new tab)
    $249.99 at Target (save $79.01)
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    Why we like it

    The classic iPad from 2021, aka our top pick for a tablet for most people, is back down to its lowest price ever of $249.99. Unfortunately, the deal already sold out at Amazon, but Target(Opens in a new tab) is coming through for those looking to snag it at the all-time low price. The 9th generation iPad is ideal for entry-level users looking for an entry-level price tag. In other words, it's not built for creatives like the iPad Pro. Still powerful in its own right, it has up to 10 hours of battery life, a 10.2-inch Retina display, and plenty of processing power with the A13 chip to multitask to your heart's content.

    More Apple deals

    • Apple Pencil (2nd generation)(Opens in a new tab)$89 $129 (save $40)

    • Apple AirPods Pro (2nd generation)(Opens in a new tab)$199.99 $249 (save $49.01)

    • Apple 2021 10.2-inch iPad (WiFi, 64GB)(Opens in a new tab) $249.99 $329 (save $79.01)

    • Apple 2021 iPad Mini (Wi-Fi, 64GB)(Opens in a new tab)$399.99 $499 (save $99.01)

    • Apple Watch Series 8 (GPS + Cellular, 41mm)(Opens in a new tab)$429 $499 (save $70)

    • Apple Watch Series 8 (GPS + Cellular, 45mm)(Opens in a new tab)$459 $529 (save $70)

    • MacBook Pro 14-inch laptop (M1 Pro chip, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD)(Opens in a new tab)$1,599 $1,999 (save $400)

    Best Amazon device deal

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    Our pick: Blink smart home doorbells and cameras (opens in a new tab) (Opens in a new tab)
    Starting at $34.99 (save up to 48%)
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    Why we like it

    Looking to equip your home with smart security? Blink video doorbells and security cameras(Opens in a new tab) are on sale for up to 48% off at Amazon as of March 14. In particular, you can snag the original Blink video doorbell(Opens in a new tab) for $34.99 (regularly $49.99) — which matches its lowest price to date — or grab all sorts of bundle deals to start building up your smart security system. Pair the video doorbell with three outdoor (3rd-gen) cameras and save 40%(Opens in a new tab), forgo the video doorbell for an eight-camera Blink Outdoor setup(Opens in a new tab) for 48% off, or go full send(Opens in a new tab) and grab the video doorbell, outdoor and indoor cameras, floodlight mount, solar panel charging mount, and Sync Module 2 all for $374.45 (regularly $539.94).

    More Amazon device deals

    • Echo Dot (3rd gen, 2018 release)(Opens in a new tab)$19.99 $39.99 (save $20)

    • Fire TV Stick(Opens in a new tab)$19.99 $39.99 (save $20 with code NEW23)

    • Fire TV Stick 4K(Opens in a new tab)$24.99 $49.99 (save $25 with code UP4K23)

    • Fire TV Stick 4K Max(Opens in a new tab)$32.99 $54.99 (save $22 with code FTVMAX22)

    • Echo Dot (5th gen, 2022 release)(Opens in a new tab)$34.99 $49.99 (save $15)

    • Echo Auto (2nd gen, 2022 release)(Opens in a new tab)$39.99 $54.99 (save $15)

    • Echo Dot (5th gen, 2022 release) with clock(Opens in a new tab)$44.99 $59.99 (save $15)

    • Echo Dot (5th gen, 2022 release) Kids(Opens in a new tab) — $49.99 $59.99 (save $10)

    • Echo Buds (2nd gen) with wired charging case(Opens in a new tab)$79.99 $119.99 (save $40)

    • Halo Rise bedside sleep tracker(Opens in a new tab)$99.99 $139.99 (save $40)

    • Echo Buds (2nd gen) with wireless charging case(Opens in a new tab)$99.99 $139.99 (save $40)

    • Amazon Fire HD 10-inch tablet (32GB)(Opens in a new tab)$119.99 $149.99 (save $30)

    • Fire TV Cube(Opens in a new tab)$124.99 $139.99 (save $15)

    • Amazon Fire HD 10-inch tablet (64GB)(Opens in a new tab) — $129.99 $189.99 (save $60)

    • Amazon Fire HD 10 Plus tablet (32GB)(Opens in a new tab)$139.99 $179.99 (save $40)

    Best streaming deal

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    Our pick: Starz (opens in a new tab) (Opens in a new tab)
    $3 per month for three months (save $17.97)
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    Why we like it

    When you've already watched everything on Netflix and Hulu, Starz(Opens in a new tab) is a solid streaming alternative — and it's on sale for just $3 per month for three months. It usually costs $8.99 per month, so you'll save $17.97 on your three-month subscription. That's plenty of time to binge-watch some Starz originals and exclusives, like Black Mafia Family, Blindspotting, Shining Vale, and Party Down. Just remember to cancel your subscription before the three-month period ends or you'll be charged full price upon renewal.

    More streaming and subscription deals

    • Apple TV+(Opens in a new tab)free $6.99/month (save $20.97) for three months

    • Apple Music(Opens in a new tab) free $10.99/month (save $43.96) for four months

    • Dashpass(Opens in a new tab)free for Roku users $9.99.month (save $59.94) for six months

    • Grubhub+(Opens in a new tab) — free for Amazon Prime members $9.99/month (save $119.88) for one year

    • HIDIVE(Opens in a new tab)$2.99/month $4.99/month (save $2) for your first month

    • SiriusXM(Opens in a new tab)free $9.99/month (save $39.96) for four months

    • Sling TV(Opens in a new tab)$20/month $40/month (save $20) for your first month

    • YouTube TV(Opens in a new tab)$54.99/month $64.99/month (save $30) for your first three months

    Home deals

    Kitchen deals

    • Chefman TurboFry analog air fryer (3.6-quart)(Opens in a new tab) — $29.99 $99.99 (save $70)

    • Hydro Flask Wide Mouth Straw Lid (40-ounce)(Opens in a new tab)$33.79 $54.95 (save $21.16)

    • Dash Aircrisp Pro compact air fryer(Opens in a new tab)$49.99 $69.99 (save $20)

    • Gourmia air fryer oven (6-quart)(Opens in a new tab) — $53.99 $79.99 (save $26)

    • FoodSaver compact vacuum sealer machine(Opens in a new tab)$69.99 $94.99 (save $25)

    • Instant Pot Duo Crisp 11-in-1 air fryer and electric pressure cooker(Opens in a new tab)$152.18 $199.99 (save $47.81)

    • Vitamix V1200 Venturist blender(Opens in a new tab)$265.99 $499.99 (save $234)

    • Ooni Karu 12 multi-fuel outdoor pizza oven(Opens in a new tab)$299 $399 (save $100)

    • Iceman countertop ice maker(Opens in a new tab)$299.99 $399.99 (save $100)

    • Hamilton Beach professional 4-in-1 juicer, mixer, and grinder(Opens in a new tab)$299.99 $374.99 (save $75)

    • Solo Stove Pi pizza oven(Opens in a new tab)$439.99 $624.99 (save $185) + free gas burner

    Home cleaning deals

    • Levoit LV-H132 personal true HEPA air purifier(Opens in a new tab) — $69.99 $89.99 (save $20)

    • Instant HEPA quiet air purifier(Opens in a new tab)$70.99 $149.99 (save $79)

    • Shark Wandvac cord-free handheld vacuum(Opens in a new tab) $79 $94 (save $15)

    • Eufy BoostIQ RoboVac 11S Slim robot vacuum cleaner(Opens in a new tab)$139.79 $229.99 (save $90.20)

    • Eufy BoostIQ RoboVac 15C MAX robot vacuum(Opens in a new tab)$149.99 $249.99 (save $100)

    • iRobot Roomba 694 robot vacuum(Opens in a new tab)$179 $274.99 (save $95.99)

    • Dyson V7 Advanced cordless vacuum cleaner(Opens in a new tab) $229.99 $399.99 (save $170)

    • Shark IZ363HT Anti-Allergen Pet Power cordless stick vacuum(Opens in a new tab)$229.99 $349.99 (save $120)

    • Dyson Big Ball Multi Floor canister vacuum(Opens in a new tab) $279.99 $399.99 (save $120)

    • iRobot Braava Jet M6 (6110) ultimate robot mop(Opens in a new tab)$299 $449.99 (save $150.99)

    • Ecovacs Deebot N8 Pro+ robot vacuum and mop(Opens in a new tab)$399.99 $699.99 (save $300)

    • Roborock Q5+ robot vacuum(Opens in a new tab) — $499.99 $699.99 (save $200)

    • Shark AI Ultra 2-in-1 robot vacuum and mop(Opens in a new tab)$499.99 $699.99 (save $200)

    • Dyson V12 Detect Slim cordless vacuum(Opens in a new tab)$519.99 $649.99 (save $130)

    • Roborock S7+ robot vacuum and sonic mop(Opens in a new tab)$699.98 $949.98 (save $250)

    • Ecovacs Deebot X1 Turbo robot vacuum and mop(Opens in a new tab)$799.99 $1,349.99 (save $550)

    • iRobot Roomba Combo j7+ self-emptying robot vacuum and mop(Opens in a new tab)$849 $1,099.99 (save $250.99)

    • iRobot Roomba s9+ (9550) robot vacuum and Braava Jet m6 (6112) robot mop bundle(Opens in a new tab)$949 $1,599.99 (save $650.99)

    Home security deals

    • Arlo Essential XL spotlight camera(Opens in a new tab)$99 $149.99 (save $50.99)

    • Eufy Security eufyCam 2C Pro 2-camera kit(Opens in a new tab)$199.99 $319.99 (save $120)

    • Eufy Security S330 video smart lock(Opens in a new tab)$297.49 $349.99 (save $52.50)

    Other home deals

    • Cricut Machines and extensions(Opens in a new tab)starting at $79 (save up to 48%)

    • Shark HyperAIR blow dryer(Opens in a new tab)$169.99 $229.99 (save $60)

    Tech deals

    • Osmo learning kits(Opens in a new tab) — starting at $27.99 (save up to 30%)

    • Microsoft Xbox wireless controller (carbon black)(Opens in a new tab)$38 $59.99 (save $21.99)

    • Microsoft Xbox wireless controller (pulse red)(Opens in a new tab) $44.49 $64.99 (save $

    • Sony WF-C500 wireless Bluetooth earbuds(Opens in a new tab)$68 $99.99 (save $31.99)

    • Sony SRSXB33 wireless waterproof portable Bluetooth speaker(Opens in a new tab) $79 $178 (save $99)

    • Jabra Elite 4 Active Bluetooth earbuds(Opens in a new tab)$79.99 $119.99 (save $40)

    • Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 Core(Opens in a new tab)$110 $129.99 (save $19.99)

    • Beats Solo3 wireless headphones(Opens in a new tab)$130.01 $199.95 (save $69.94)

    • Sceptre 24.5-inch curved gaming monitor(Opens in a new tab)$149.97 $199.97 (save $50)

    • JBL Xtreme 2 portable Bluetooth speaker(Opens in a new tab)$179.99 $349.99 (save $170)

    • Lenovo Ideapad 1 15.6-inch laptop (AMD, Athlon Silver 3050U, 4GB RAM, 128GB eMMC)(Opens in a new tab)$179.99 $329.99 (save $150) + 6 free months of Webroot internet security

    • Sony SRS-XG300 X-Series portable Bluetooth party speaker(Opens in a new tab)$199.99 $349.99 (save $150) + 4 free months of Amazon Music Unlimited

    • ASUS 11.60-inch Vivobook L210 laptop (Intel Celeron N4020, 4GB RAM, 128GB eMMC)(Opens in a new tab)$199.99 $249.99 (save $50) + one year of Office 365 Personal

    • Bose SoundLink Revolve+ (Series II) portable Bluetooth speaker(Opens in a new tab)$229 $329 (save $100)

    • JBL PartyBox portable Bluetooth party speaker(Opens in a new tab)$229.95 $349.95 (save $120)

    • JBL Boombox 2 portable Bluetooth speaker(Opens in a new tab)$299.95 $449.95 (save $150)

    • HP Envy Desktop (Intel Core i9, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD) with keyboard and mouse(Opens in a new tab)$1,229.99 $1,699.99 (save $470)

    • ASUS ROG Zephyrus 14-inch gaming laptop (AMD Ryzen 9, 16GB RAM, AMD Radeon RX 6800S, 1TB SSD)(Opens in a new tab)$1,299.99 $1,899.99 (save $600)

  • Online graphic design startup Canva is now worth $1 billion

    Online graphic design startup Canva is now worth $1 billion


    Canva(opens in a new tab) is Australia's first unicorn of 2018, after raising $40 million (AUD$50.9 million) to push the design startup's value over $1 billion.

    Now available in 190 countries, with over 10 million users, the online design and publishing platform was launched in 2012 by CEO and co-founder Melanie Perkins — now the youngest female entrepreneur to have reached unicorn status.

    SEE ALSO: Behind the ambitious Australian startup building flying racing cars

    "It's still extremely early days for us yet, and we feel like we've done one percent of what we believe is possible but it's quite exciting to get to this point in time, and it's been a huge journey," Perkins told Mashable.

    According to Perkins, Canva took on additional capital in this investment funding round. Sequoia Capital has teamed up with long-time Canva investors, Blackbird Ventures and Felicis Ventures, in backing the Sydney and Manila-based company. Early backers include Lars Rasmussen, the co-founder of Google Maps.

    Perkins recalled the early days of the company, before they had over 250 employees, and when investment was less than fruitful. "It was actually quite funny, the other day I was looking through some of the emails from early on and there were so many rejections in the early days, it was such a struggle to get things started," Perkins said. "That Canva can grow dramatically from this point forth from some incredible investors is a huge vote of confidence."

    "Years ago, I spent six months in San Francisco in two three-month blocks, as my visa expired, pitching every investor under the sun, going to every conference I possibly could and try to get people to believe in this crazy big goal that we had, which was that we could try and storm the world of design and make everything simple and accessible for everyone."


    The announcement comes after a big string of successes for Canva, launching an Android app, rolling out Canva Print(opens in a new tab) in the U.S., Europe and Australia, with Mexico recently made available, and hitting 100 languages of operation.

    Canva says that more than 13 designs are created on the platform every second — it's no wonder their value is on the up.

  • This supercut of Trumps heavy breathing is disturbing

    This supercut of Trumps heavy breathing is disturbing

    Speaking to the nation about the novel coronavirus on Wednesday evening, President Donald Trump, for some reason, took a number of deep, labored breaths. And — because the internet is the internet — someone brilliantly edited all those moments into one disturbing supercut.


    Twitter user @schnd(Opens in a new tab), whose website lists his real name as Steve Seidel(Opens in a new tab), posted that his daughter put together the edit.

    "my teenage daughter edited together a version of trump's address with only heavy breathing moments and I honestly don't think I've ever been prouder of her," @schnd wrote.

    The video really is something.

    SEE ALSO: C-SPAN mistakenly airs Trump's embarrassing moments before and after coronavirus address

    Folks online appreciated the fine video editing, chief among them progressive documentarian Michael Moore.

    "Best short film of the year.! [sic]" Moore wrote on Twitter.

    The user @dyl_seidel(Opens in a new tab), apparently the creator of the video, was thrilled with the faux award from Moore.

    "I’m truly honored for this award...I’d like to thank the academy and my 2013 Mac book air," @dyl_seidel wrote(Opens in a new tab) in response.

    The deep breathing wasn't the only bit of weirdness from the Trump address. A hot mic from C-SPAN broadcast him dropping an F-bomb beforehand and sighing deeply afterward.

  • 14 best tweets of the week, including a Jokerfied Watto, smack barm, and pey wet

    14 best tweets of the week, including a Jokerfied Watto, smack barm, and pey wet

    Well, that was...a week.


    We've officially made it to Saturday and do you know what that means? Time for us to round up some of the best tweets from the last week, which we've been doing for quite some time now.

    OK, well then, here they are: our 14 favorite tweets from this week.

    1. No one person should have all that power

    2. Holding it together quite nicely, to be honest

    3. This pup is being very human with its facial expressions and I like it

    4. This tweet is from my coworker, Anna, but I will take any opportunity to share the "please Abraham, I'm not that man" story.

    5. I hate this Jokerfied Watto so much that I had to make you look at it. Also if this reads as funny to you, you're Too Online. (I found it very funny.)

    6. Smack barm. Pey wet. Babby's yed. I know these names better than I know my own grandmother's.

    7. OK, this is just a screenshot of the same old video that went viral but it's a perfect screenshot

    8. I do now

    9. Just a flat-out universal truth

    10. The awful horror of job application sites

    11. "It was an accident"

    12. Can I make it any more obvious?

    13. Obligatory dril tweet

    14. And finally, this is pretty much the global vibe right now

  • This fans encounter with Matthew Broderick will make you feel sorry for Jerry Seinfeld

    This fans encounter with Matthew Broderick will make you feel sorry for Jerry Seinfeld


    On Monday morning, Twitter user @HonoredSpirit(opens in a new tab) took the time to share a hysterical story about a friend's encounter with Matthew Broderick— and one of his very famous friends—in a convenience store.

    "A few years ago a friend of mine took his family out to Montauk on vacation and had stopped at a little store to get snacks, etc, and who do they see but that Star of Stage and Screen, Matthew Broderick...," @HonoredSpirit(opens in a new tab) wrote. Broderick kindly agreed to take a photograph with the fan's daughter, even though he was shopping with his friend.

    SEE ALSO: Celebrities were actually given 'consolation puppies' at the Grammys

    "...this is a once in a lifetime photo and he wants it to be just right so he asks Broderick's friend to kind of move to the side a bit out of frame, and he moves a bit," @HonoredSpirit continued in his epic. "And my friend says, just a little more, a little more, keeps doing the nudging motion with his hand. Lots of nudging. Okay he won't move any father, fine, we can crop him out..."

    Turns out, those nudges might have been the biggest mistake of all time.

    The photo that this friend took back to show off to family included Broderick, yes, but upon closer inspection, Broderick's "friend" happens to be the one and only Jerry Seinfeld, Broderick's Bee movie conspirator and just one of the most lauded comedians. Yet there he is casually pushed to the side, awkwardly holding a plastic bag.

    At least this fan's loss was our gain, and fans of Seinfeld had a field day with the photo on Twitter.


    Better luck next time, Jerry.