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

Tasty profit

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

USA: A few eBay users are seeing a money-making opportunity in the free bags of crisps that were given out by police over the weekend at Seattle’s pot festival, Hempfest.

An unopened Doritos bag from the festival had drawn eight bids by yesterday afternoon, pushing the price to $58 (€43). One bag listed as “used” was fetching $50.

The nacho-cheese-flavoured Doritos were a popular topic surrounding the event because Seattle police distributed them for free along with stickers designed to inform pot consumers about the state’s legal pot law.

Officers handed out only 1,000 bags at an event that draws 85,000 people per day.

Pet portrait

ENGLAND: Art experts think they have uncovered one of the first ever portraits of a pet guinea pig.

A 16th-century oil painting shows the animal being cradled between three children. The animal had recently been introduced into Europe from South America by Spanish merchants.

The portrait will form part of an exhibition, Elizabeth I And Her People, which opens at London’s National Portrait Gallery in October.

In the picture

USA: Two official wedding photographers at New York’s City Hall have served as emergency witnesses for thousands of couples.

Volunteering for the duty helps them market their photography services.

Over the years the two have seen it all: Double weddings, weddings with dogs, celebrity sightings, weddings before planes to catch — and busy New Yorkers getting married on their lunch break.

Record bounce

ENGLAND: A group of friends believe they have broken a world record after completing a 36-hour bouncy castle charity marathon.

The team, from Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, jumped up and down day and night, using a rota of 20-minute stints, at Weston’s Sand Bay.

Guinness World Records rules stated that at least one member of the team had to be bouncing at any time.

They finished dizzy and sore, but hope they have beaten the previous record of 27 hours, set in July last year.

Precious metal

USA: A retired car dealer is putting hundreds of vintage Chevrolets up for auction, including some that logged only a single mile.

Collectors from around the world will bid on about 500 cars and pick-ups owned by Ray Lambrecht in Nebraska.

The collection was amassed after Mr Lambrecht opened a dealership in 1946 and ran it for 50 years. He held onto his unsold vehicles and trade-ins as a nest egg. Some still have the plastic on the seats.

Foot soldiers

ENGLAND: Human feet have changed surprisingly little since they were swinging from the trees, research has shown.

Scientists studied more than 25,000 steps made by volunteers on a pressure-sensitive treadmill to probe how evolution has shaped the human foot. They found unexpected similarities with the feet of chimpanzees and orangutans. In great apes, the mid-foot is fully flexible and makes regular contact with the ground. It has long been thought that human feet, more adapted to walking, are markedly different.

The research, published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, showed this was not so. Two thirds of normal healthy volunteers produced footfalls where the mid-foot touched the ground — something previously believed to characterise diabetes or arthritis, both of which can alter foot structure.

Study leader Dr Karl Bates, from the University of Liverpool’s Institute of Ageing and Chronic Disease, said: “Our tests showed that our feet are not as stiff as originally thought and actually form part of a continuum of variation with those of other great apes.”

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