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

90 years of looking for secrets in wrong place

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

ENGLAND: Experts trying to uncover the source of Stonehenge’s giant stones have been digging in the wrong spot for 90 years.

It has been a puzzle for generations how the huge Welsh blocks, weighing up to four tonnes, reached the ancient monument. Archaeologists were certain the 11 bluestones came from Carn Meini, one of the Preseli Hills in Pembrokeshire, 240km from Stonehenge in Wiltshire.

But geologists using X-rays have found the stones actually come from another hill — over 1km away, The Mirror reported. Now archaeologists, who have spent decades digging for evidence of human activity in the wrong location, are moving to the new site.

Wrong airport

USA: A Boeing 747 Dreamlifter cargo plane landed at the wrong Kansas airport.

The Dreamlifter, carrying parts for the new 787 Dreamliner jet, landed safely at Colonel James Jabara Airport, several kilometres from McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita where it was supposed to land because it is next to Spirit AeroSystems, a major supplier for the Dreamliner.

Boeing did not say why the plane landed at the wrong airport.

England: The revamped Hammer film studio is remaking one of its own trademark horror movies more than 50 years after the original came out.

The new version of The Abominable Snowman, described as a “modern take on the Yeti myth”, is being developed by filmmaker Ben Holden who was one of the people behind the studio’s successful version of The Woman In Black.

Hammer made household names of stars including Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing in a series of horror films such as Dracula and the 1957 original of The Abominable Snowman. The studio, founded in 1934, ground to a halt in the late 1970s before its revival in recent years with films such as Let Me In, a remake of a Swedish horror film.

Biker’s reunion

USA: A man has been reunited with his motorcycle nearly 50 years after it was stolen. Donald DeVault, 73, from Omaha, Nebraska, has now received the 1953 Triumph Tiger 100.

DeVault a fortnight ago that California authorities had recovered his motorcycle at the Port of Los Angeles. The bike was about to be shipped to Japan when customs agents who checked the vehicle identification number discovered it was reported stolen in Feb 1967.

DeVault’s first reaction? To hug the customs agent who found the bike. His next move was — naturally — to take the motorcycle for a ride in the car park. He had had the bike for only a year or two when it was taken from his fenced backyard.

BRITAIN: The number of people taking up a new hobby has almost doubled, with cooking the favourite.

A survey of 2,000 adults by the CSMA Club found that nine out of 10 had a hobby, with computer and card games, sewing, and knitting among the top pastimes. More unusual hobbies included GPS treasure hunts, taxidermy, and origami, while interest in stamp collecting, scrapbooking, and home brewing have all increased in the past year.

Palin sale

USA: Sarah Palin’s hometown is auctioning a car she drove when she was mayor, years before she skyrocketed to fame. The small town of Wasilla, Alaska, listed the 1999 Ford Expedition on eBay with a minimum bid of $10,000 (€7,400). The listing’s photo shows the tan 4x4 with a cardboard cutout of Palin in the driver’s seat.

Public works director Archie Giddings said the hope is that someone finds historic value in the vehicle. No bids have been submitted so far. Palin drove the car during her second stint as mayor, ending in Oct 2002.

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