Today's winner comes from Australia.
One man probably has learned a costly lesson about where he hides his cash.
The unidentified father from Sydney, Australia, sold his car last weekend. The $15,000 (approximately $15,652 in U.S. dollars) in proceeds was earmarked for his mortgage payment and other bills, according to Australian media. Opting not to squirrel away the loot in a mattress or bury it in his backyard, he decided to hide it his oven, which rarely gets used.
Bad move: Turns out, his wife decided to use the oven that day, preheating it for chicken nuggets for their two children and, yes, cooked the cash.
"It was everything I had," he told the news station. "I've got nothing to my name. That money was supposed to go towards my mortgage."
His wife was equally distraught and, reportedly, could not stop crying when telling her husband after she discovered what happened: The cash was baked into a colorful burnt mess.
There's more at the link.
It turns out that if the notes are still recognizable, the Australian Reserve Bank will replace them, so he may be able to get most of his money back. Still, I bet he won't put it in the oven for safekeeping next time . . .