QUIRKY WORLD: New Yorker finds $2m fortune in a cookie

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QUIRKY WORLD: New Yorker finds $2m fortune in a cookie

Emma Duvoll won $2m (€1.44m) in a recent Powerball drawing after playing the numbers found in her fortune cookie.

The retired Bronx resident bought the lottery ticket after dining at a Chinese restaurant in Greenwich Village.

The Daily News reports that the owner of Sammy’s Noodle Shop & Grill joked that maybe the waiters should get 20% of her winnings.

Duvoll, a retired deli owner, picked up her prize on Thursday.

She plans to invest her winnings and may splurge on a trip to Switzerland to see relatives.

Wake up and smell the bacon ... with a bacon app

USA:M Want to wake up to the sound of bacon sizzling on the stove with its aroma drawing you out of bed?

There’s an app for that.

Oscar Mayer says it has created a bacon-scented app for the iPhone, developed by the Madison-based company’s Institute for the Advancement of Bacon.

The company says that to emit a small puff reminiscent of bacon, the user needs an external device that plugs into the headphone jack. The app itself produces the sound of bacon sizzling in a pan.

Oscar Mayer says the aroma-producing device won’t be sold in stores and that quantities are limited. The company is giving away just 4,700 devices this weekend.

ENGLAND: A 125-year-old art gallery is coming back with a bang — with an exhibition including an exploding garden shed.

The Whitworth Art Gallery, a part of the University of Manchester dating back to 1889, will reopen in October after a £15m (€18m) redevelopment.

It will open with a solo exhibition by Cornelia Parker including her work Cold Dark Matter; An Exploded View — fragments of a wooden shed blown up by the British Army and then hung from the ceiling.

Barclays' TV cover-up

ENGLAND: Barclays has spoken of its regret over a memo suggesting its branches switch their television channels to entertainment shows as news broke of the banking giant’s pay and bonuses.

The bank reportedly recommended that staff turn on E4 or lifestyle channel Really, or switch off their televisions, ahead of “negative coverage” about Barclays’ annual report which revealed nearly 500 staff were paid at least £1m (€1.2m) each last year.

Strongman search

SCOTLAND: Highland Games officials have issued a plea to help trace an elusive strongman who is one of the few people in the world to have completed a historic weightlifting feat.

The organisers of the Aboyne Highland Games in Aberdeenshire hope to invite Slovakian muscleman Peter Puszer to compete in this year’s event on August 2, but all their efforts to contact the 5ft 7in, 300lb champion — last known to be working in an Aberdeen hotel kitchen — have failed.

Mr Puszer has been named the Strongest Man in Slovakia.

USA: There appears to be another arcane world record in Grand Rapids, this time for the most people wearing sunglasses at night.

Gilda’s LaughFest organisers in the past three years have overseen record-setting attempts for donning false moustaches, wearing chicken beaks and tossing rubber chickens.

The fourth annual festival of laughter kicked off with an effort to break the sunglasses record.

Guinness World Records says the current mark was set in July 2012 by 1,642 people at Chicago’s Wrigley Field. LaughFest spokesman Tyler Lecceadone said the group’s count shows that 1,675 people wore sunglasses last Thursday night in Michigan.

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