Monday, May 17, 2010

Some days you are the Statue, some days you are the Pigeon II

Q: How do you make an 86 year old swear?


Jack Harris finds jigsaw piece missing after seven years working on puzzle

May 17, 2010 9:40AM

PATIENT Jack Harris spent seven-and-a-half years doing a 5000-piece jigsaw - only to find one piece missing.
The 86-year-old turned his house upside down but fears it was eaten by one of his family's dogs, The Sun reported.

And it has taken him so long to do the puzzle he can't buy a replacement as the manufacturers have stopped making it.

The giant jigsaw was a Christmas gift from daughter-in-law Eve in 2002.

He confidently predicted he would have the 1.5m-square monster, showing James Tissot's The Return of the Prodigal Son, completed by the following summer.

But Jack struggled and the mass of pieces dominated his dining table for more than seven years as he strived to complete it.

When he finally began putting the last pieces together he was dismayed to find he had only 4999 and a tiny hole in the middle.

Daughter-in-law Eve, who is married to Jack's son Trevor, said he was "so disappointed" when he found there was one piece missing.

She said: "We got him this one as a bit of a joke really because he always boasted he could get them done so quickly.

"He a bit of a whiz with them but there was so much to do with this.

"We'd all have a go at it each time we went to see him but it seemed to just take forever.

"It was marvellous to see it finally completed. But when we saw there was a piece missing from the middle, we just couldn't believe it."

Retired businessman Jack has a new jigsaw from his family each year and his wife Doris helped do them with him.

But she died in February 2004, leaving him to complete the marathon task on his own.


Margarita Milonguita said...

I just imagine the person who packed these jigsaws saying 'I hate this place. I'm gonna fuck with this jigsaw by throwing one piece out!"

Newscorp reporting standards indeed. Do the fucking news you morons.

dam buster said...

Yep. Funnty thing is that the jigsaw probably cost about 5 quid. He should take up bingo.