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ROUBAIX- A 73-year-old French woman rang in the New Year in a supermarket in northern France after being locked in for the night.

The elderly woman went into bathroom after feeling slightly dizzy, reported La Voix du Nord. When she came out, she found the supermarket empty – and closed.

She spent the night walking around, tripping off the alarm multiple times, but the supermarket’s manager only showed up the next morning, finding the retiree dehydrated and hungry, according to the AFP.

It begs the question: if you were stuck in a French supermarket for New Years’ Eve, wouldn’t you spend the night guzzling pricey Champagneand eating foie gras and truffles?

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Colombia Celebrates Its Beloved Drug For The Ages, Coffee

This essential morning drink for millions worldwide was once considered an addictive menace, earning itself a ban on pain of death in the Islamic world.

Colombia's star product: coffee beans.

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BOGOTÁ — October 1st is International Coffee Day. Recently it seems as if every day of the calendar year commemorates something — but for Colombia, coffee is indeed special.

For almost a century now we have largely tied our national destiny, culture and image abroad to this drink. Indeed it isn't just Colombia's star product, it became through the course of the 20th century the world's favorite beverage — and the most commonly used drug to boost work output.

Precisely for its stimulating qualities — and for being a mild drug — coffee was not always celebrated, and its history is peppered with the kinds of bans, restrictions and penalties imposed on the 'evil' drugs of today.

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