Two people viewing a house were concussed when several multi-packs of metre-rulers fell on their heads.
Mr & Mrs Sorhedds were looking round the property in Gateshead with a view to buying it. As they peered up to look at the upstairs ceiling, the loft hatch door gave way. The estate agent said that 10 large multi-packs dropped on to them.
The owners of the house admitted that they had stocked them up there "when decimalization and metrication came in", and had forgotten about them. "They have never been used. They're as good as new."
Mr & Mrs Sorhedds, from Surrey, said they would still be keen on buying the property, "especially if this includes the packs of 'new' metre-rulers - which might be worth a lot in years to come."
Traditionally, residents in Gateshead have always been against new rulers, since most of them have still got their old rulers which they pinched from school.