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We're only human: The offbeat stories of 2013

Published on Dec 11, 2013 12:07 PM

PARIS (AFP) - Throughout the year, some events provide a bit of respite from the daily grind and remind us that human nature and failings are qualities shared worldwide.

Here is a lighthearted selection of "offbeat" stories for 2013:

Multi-million-dollar mistake

- A tired German bank employee dozed off on his keyboard and accidentally transformed a minor transfer into one of 222 million euros (S$382 million), a court heard in June. The Hessen court was told that the man was going to transfer just 62.40 euros from a pensioner's bank account, but "fell asleep for an instant, while pushing onto the number 2 key on the keyboard", upgrading it to a 222,222,222.22 euro operation. The bank quickly discovered the mistake and corrected the beneficiary's brief windfall.

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