QUIRKY WORLD...Gobbledygook Gaga and Ozzy leave fans scratching their heads


QUIRKY WORLD...Gobbledygook Gaga and Ozzy leave fans scratching their heads

Ozzy Osbourne and Lady Gaga’s songs leave fans scratching their heads — they have topped a poll of acts whose lyrics people find most difficult to make out.

‘Boombastic’ singer Shaggy, Jamaican reggae artist Sean Paul, and hip-hop mogul Jay-Z complete the top five.

The top 10 was compiled for music streaming service Blinkbox Music and researchers questioned 2,000 adults for the poll.

Artists whose lyrics are most difficult to understand:

1. Ozzy Osbourne

2. Lady Gaga

3. Shaggy

4. Sean Paul

5. Jay-Z

6. Rihanna

7. Miley Cyrus

8. Jimi Hendrix

9. Prince

10. Bob Dylan.


USA: A 10th-grader in Maine has been suspended for 10 days for having a bright yellow water pistol.

The teen was suspended in accordance with Lewiston High School policy after the toy fell out of his backpack. The student was aged 15.

School Superintendent Bill Webster told The Sun Journal that the suspension could be reduced and that administrators “will work to balance the discipline with the facts of the case”.

He also says that water pistols, even ones that don’t look like guns, can be disruptive.

Across the US, schools are grappling with the issue of how to handle weapons, both real and fake. Some students have been suspended simply for pointing their fingers in the shape of a gun.


ENGLAND: Central England has been rocked by its strongest earthquake in 13 years.

The 3.2-magnitude earthquake, powered from a depth of 4km, struck the Oakham area of Rutland at 7.07am. It was felt up to 45km away from the epicentre of the earthquake near Wellingborough

The biggest in the UK was the 5.4-magnitude tremor which hit the Lleyn peninsula in north Wales in July 1984.


USA: At least one prospective juror in New Jersey could take a bite out of crime.

Cumberland County has summoned IV Griner to jury duty. The only problem is IV is a five-year-old German shepherd. Her owner in Philadelphia said he worked out the mistake as soon as the summons arrived at his Bridgeton home.

The dog’s owner is Barrett Griner IV. He uses the Roman numeral for four in his name. He named his dog using the letters I and V. Officials say the computer probably misplaced the Roman numeral for Barrett’s last name and posted the summons.

What did he say?


USA: A Pennsylvania police officer said he went undercover dressed as an Amish woman in the hope of scaring off a man suspected of exposing himself to Amish children.

Pulaski Township sergeant Chad Adams spent much of December and January in Amish attire. The group agreed to lend the police women’s bonnets, aprons, and dresses to catch or scare away the suspect because they do not want their children to give evidence in court.

A female officer dressed as an Amish woman also worked with Adams, who said police have not been able to charge the man because of a lack of evidence, but believe he is the same person who was sentenced to house arrest in January for similar incidents in another county.

Gay artist will get his images on stamps in Finland

FINLAND: Finland’s postal service will honour “Tom of Finland” with stamps taken from his work — homoerotic drawings of muscular men wearing tight, black leather uniforms, when they wear anything at all.

The stamps are based on the drawings of Touko Laaksonen, better known by the pseudonym Tom of Finland, who split his time between Finland and California.

“Tom of Finland is considered one of the most well-known Finnish artists around the world,” Finnish postal service Itella said about Laaksonen, who died in 1991.

“His emphatically masculine homoerotic drawings have attained iconic status in their genre and had an influence on, for instance, pop culture and fashion.”

Graphic artist Timo Berry, who designed the sheet of three stamps, said they portray a sensual life force and being proud of oneself. “There is never too much of that in this northern country,” he said.

Unlike other Nordic states, Finland does not recognise same-sex marriage, although a citizen initiative that calls for a change has pushed a bill for a parliament debate.

ENGLAND: Ronnie Corbett has told how he has a habit of getting locked in the loo when he is at major events. The 83-year-old star said it had happened at more than one royal occasion and, during his most recent scare, he had to be passed a screwdriver to free himself in time to give a reading at a memorial service.

The former Two Ronnies star was appearing on The Graham Norton Show, which is broadcast tonight, and explained: “I have been trapped in some posh toilets including those in Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace, and at Victor Spinetti’s memorial at St Paul’s Covent Garden, I got locked in the loo.

“I had to scream and shout and eventually someone threw a screwdriver over the door and luckily I was out in time for my reading.”

The comedian also put to rest an urban myth that he had appeared as one of the apes in the opening scenes of 2001: A Space Odyssey, but said he was had been approached. “Stanley Kubrick [the film’s director] saw me doing a little spot on Sunday Night At The Palladium and said: ‘He would be ideal for one of my apes.’ I turned it down.”

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