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WASHINGTON — The Postal Service is expected to announce on Wednesday morning that it will stop delivering letters and other mail on Saturdays, but continue to handle packages, a move the financially struggling agency said would save about $2 billion annually as it looks for ways to cut cost.
Monopoly ditches iron counter in favour of cat

Members of the international boardgame-playing community, not to mention fans of small symbols of domestic drudgery, have been left reeling by the news that the iron counter is to be permanently exiled from Monopoly and replaced with the tiny metal effigy of a cat.

The decision follows a month-long Facebook vote in which Monopoly enthusiasts were invited to cull one of the old-guard counters and replace it with one that better reflected "the interests of today's players".

After what must have been some particularly excruciating soul-searching, fans opted for the cat over the other contenders – a toy robot, a guitar, a helicopter and a diamond ring – and voted to reject the iron and keep the Scottie dog, the racing car, the top hat, the thimble, the shoe, the battleship and the wheelbarrow.

According to the game's maker, Hasbro, the cat attracted 31% of the total vote. Sadly, the iron, which has made its way around the board since the 1930s, finally ran out of steam, winning just 8% of the vote to the overwhelmingly popular Scottie dog's 29%.

As Q-Tip says in the Janet Jackson video below, Joni Mitchell never lied: "Don't it always seem to go / That you don't know what you've got til its gone."


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