Not all news is bad news. The following is a look at some of the softer stories in Taiwan over the past week that, for whatever reason, did not quite make it to the press in English. *The tortoise and the scare* It turns out ghost stories are useful for more than just camp fires, as one enterprising Nantou County native seeking her lost giant tortoise discovered. Apple Daily reported Aug. 24 that Ms. Wu Tsai-lun decided creeping out the woman who stole her 12-year-old, 50-kilogram sulcata tortoise was the best way to get her beloved pet back. After managing to find the thief on Facebook, a concerned Wu played up the traditional fear of ghosts. The tortoise was willed to Wu by a deceased veteran, she claimed, "and you know it's not a good idea to pick up random things during the lunar seventh month (Ghost Month). There's no guarantee the tortoise won't call for its original owner..." Big Su was happily back at home within two days. *Spend a night at a national monument -- in comfort* Furniture brand IKEA put together a sleepover party at one of Taipei's most notable landmarks Friday by inviting 36 lucky people to take part in an urban camping event. The United Daily News reported June 29 that the promotional event set up 21 beds with different furnishings and decorations right in the middle of Freedom Plaza, the public square that sits in front of the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall. (Good weather was on their side.) IKEA didn't have to worry about making the beds or picking up clothes afterward. Participants were allowed to take home the bedding they used overnight for free -- the best way to make sure nothing is left behind after a big publicity event.
The remaining furniture was also carted away for free by charitable organizations helping residents of remote areas. (By Wesley Holzer)