QUIRKY WORLD: Our daily look at some of the world’s stranger stories

Live video straight from the grave

QUIRKY WORLD: Our daily look at some of the world’s stranger stories

USA: The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh has launched a live video feed from the pop artist’s grave site to honour what would have been his 85th birthday.

The project is titled Figment, because of a Warhol quote in which the artist said: “I always thought I’d like my own tombstone to be blank.

“No epitaph and no name. Well, actually, I’d like it to say Figment.”

Warhol, who died in 1987, is buried near his parents at the St John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Cemetery in Pittsburgh.

Penguins shed plumage at aquarium

ENGLAND: Staff at an aquarium are warning visitors not to be perturbed by the sight of penguins shedding their feathers in a process which leaves the birds looking like “exploding” pillows.

A group of 10 Gentoo penguins have begun the process of shedding their plumage in an annual “catastrophic” moult — a natural process which lasts around three weeks, Sea Life London Aquarium said.

The cycle is called “catastrophic” because unlike most birds, the penguins shed all their feathers at once, prompting comparisons with exploding pillows.

Wallet shows up 24 years after vanishing

USA: A man who lost his wallet while waterskiing has had it returned — 24 years later.

Burton Maugans, of Acworth, Georgia, said he was 18 when he went into the water with his wallet and it disappeared somewhere near Holden Beach in North Carolina. Local resident Jim Parker found it recently and searched the internet for its owner.

The wallet arrived in the post still containing Mr Maugans’s high school ID from 1987, a library card, and even an old bank card.

Fly that flag or else ...

PERU: Anyone travelling in Peru in recent weeks could easily have concluded it is among the world’s most patriotic nations, until they find out why the national flag is flapping everywhere.

Failing to fly the banner for Independence Day can bring a hefty fine.

Under a 1939 national law, Peruvian homes, businesses, and institutions are required to fly the red and white standard from Jul 27 to 30 to honour Independence Day on Jul 28.

But some municipalities require that the flag be flown for the entire month of July, or even longer. Enforcement varies from municipality to municipality, with fines running from about $20 (€15) to as high as $380, according to a 2011 study.

Hard shoulder misuses highlighted

ENGLAND: Stopping to pick flowers, sleeping, and taking photographs are just some of the reasons given by motorists for stops on motorway hard shoulders that were definitely not emergencies.

Incidents of parents feeding children and people taking comfort breaks were also recorded by the Highways Agency.

The agency said that in one case, a driver stopped on the hard shoulder after realising his car insurance policy was expiring and was ringing around for quotes to renew.

Clandestine wedding cases revealed

ENGLAND: Almost 900,000 unlicensed marriage and baptism ceremonies took place in the 17th and 18th centuries — often inside a prison, new research has revealed.

A study of “clandestine” registers between 1667 and 1754, by family history website ancestry.co.uk, found that London’s Fleet Prison was popular for marriages, with disgraced clergymen offering speedy services to anyone willing to pay.

People married in clandestine ceremonies for many reasons, including speeding up the inheritance process, concealing a bigamous relationship, or validating an accidental prenuptial pregnancy.

The records were originally held at the national archives.

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