A picture of a streetlightA South African woman who thought her electricity bills were high didn't realize her meter was connected to all of her neighborhood street lights for 35 years. Minnie Swan complained for years about the size of the bill for her house in Colenso, KwaZulu-Natal.

The 92-year-old widow's brother eventually convinced the electric company to install a new meter and workers made the discovery. Her brother told news reporters that it appears the original work was done 35 years ago when Minnie bought her house in the then new neighborhood.