[I read this on Reuter and rewrote it to avoid copyright problems. -- Ian] On Chinese New Year Day 2/19/96, the Year of the Rat, a Canada Airlines DC-10 took off from Hong Kong to Vancouver with 256 passengers among the throng of holidaygoers. Suddenly a rat escaped from a catering container! Afraid that the rat might take a byte out of the 256 passangers 8-) they rerouted to Tokyo where the passengers got onto another jet for Vancouver. Then they flew the original plane back to Vancouver with several rat traps. Richard Peter, spokesman for the airline, said they didn't know how the rat got on the plane but think it was a practical joke because of the obvious coincidence with the Year of the Rat. The passengers, however, were not laughing... The poor rat was caught and is now questioning the Hong Kong catering company. (No, wait, the airline is questioning the caterers, not the rat. 8-) Said Peter, "I guess we should be grateful it was not the Year of the Horse."
(From the "Rest" of RHF)