QUIRKY WORLD... Vice-president bides his time responding to prom invite


QUIRKY WORLD... Vice-president bides his time responding to prom invite

A 17-year-old US schoolgirl wasn’t expecting a yes when she asked vice-president Joe Biden to be her prom date — so was delighted when he sent flowers and an invite to the White House in response.

Talia Maselli invited Biden to her high school celebration in Newington, Connecticut.

In his place, he sent a handwritten card and a personally chosen corsage and said his office would arrange for the teenager to meet him at the White House this summer.


ENGLAND: A man wearing an inflatable sumo wrestler suit knocked himself out after bouncing off a work colleague during horseplay.

The 40-year-old, from Southampton, had been at an event at Kemerton Park, near Tewkesbury, in Gloucestershire with workmates when the accident happened, West Midlands Ambulance Service said.

A spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff were told the man had launched himself at a colleague, but when he bounced off he fell backwards and landed on his back and head. The man was knocked unconscious for a short period before coming round but he was not fully alert.”


ENGLAND: A woman who has undergone a sex change is fighting a legal battle for the right to have her previous identity as a man officially “forgotten”.

The case of C, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, is being seen as a landmark case concerning the rights of transgender people across the UK.

The 44-year-old, from the Greater London area, is challenging the legality of the government’s retention and use of personal information which reveals she was once male.


ENGLAND: The world’s most complete preserved mammoth has been unveiled at the Natural History Museum in London.

It is the first time the baby woolly mammoth, found in Siberia by a reindeer herder in 2007, has been shown in western Europe. She is little larger than a dog and has been nicknamed Lyuba.

The animal is thought to have died 42,000 years ago while just a month old, and is the most comprehensive mammoth skeleton ever found. Experts believe that the female mammoth’s body was buried in wet clay and mud which then froze, preserving it until she was found by Yuri Khudi and his sons while they were searching for firewood along the banks of the Yuribei River.


USA: Publishers of a new dictionary have admitted they got it wrong.

Yoopers — the nickname for natives or long-time residents of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula — was among about 150 words added in an update to the 11th edition of the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary.

However, the suggested pronunciation listed alongside the entry lacks the P.

A Merriam-Webster spokeswoman said: “Yes, unfortunately a P is missing from the pronunciation. The rest of the entry is fine.”


USA: A mural created to mark the 100th anniversary of US baseball giants the Chicago Cubs inadvertently featured a photograph which was actually taken at the home of their city rivals the White Sox.

The 1927 photograph of the late aviator Charles Lindbergh was included on the mural at Wrigley Field, but the Cubs have now admitted it was taken when Lindbergh visited Comiskey Park, the now-demolished home of the Chicago White Sox.

Team spokesman Julian Green said the photograph of the triumphant Lindbergh was incorrectly labelled. A closer look at the mural also revealed that a photograph of President Franklin D Roosevelt was taken at Wrigley before he was actually elected, despite what the caption reads.

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