Quirky World ... Chocolate addict behind bars

COLOMBIA: A self-declared chocolate addict has been sentenced to five months in one of Colombia’s harshest prisons for swiping $8 (€5.90) worth of bars.

Quirky World ... Chocolate addict behind bars

Luis Augusto Mora was caught stealing two boxes of locally made Jumbo bars at a Bogota supermarket. After confessing, he was sentenced to La Picota prison, home to some of the country’s most hardened criminals.

The punishment has caught the attention of president Juan Manuel Santos. In a radio interview he said misdemeanours like Mora’s shouldn’t waste prosecutors’ time and effort.

Meanwhile, prosecutors have distributed a statement saying the chocolate thief is expressing regret. Mora says he’ll “never again touch a chocolate in my life”.

USA: A Nebraska woman celebrated breaking a Texas steakhouse’s speed record for eating a four-and-a-half pound slab of beef by polishing off another one.

The Amarillo Globe-News and the Big Texan Steak Ranch’s Twitter page say that competitive eater Molly Schuyler finished her first steak in 4 minutes and 58 seconds. The previous record was 8 minutes and 52 seconds.

The 5ft 7in, 125lb mother from Bellevue, Nebraska, ate her second four-and-a-half pound steak in 9 minutes and 59 seconds.

The restaurant foots the bill for anyone who can eat one of the steaks, a baked potato, shrimp, a salad, and bread roll in under an hour, so Schuyler ate those side dishes as well.

In February, the self-described “bottomless pit” ate 363 chicken wings in 30 minutes in Philadelphia.

USA: A treasure trove of rare gold coins discovered by a California couple out walking their dog went under the hammer with one coin selling for $15,000 (€11,035).

The coins date from 1847 to 1894 and have been valued at $11m.Several coins were auctioned at the Old San Francisco Mint on Tuesday, and one of them — an 1874 $20 double eagle usually worth $4,250 — sold for $15,000.

Don Kagin, whose firm is handling the sale, says most of the remaining 1,400 coins had gone on sale on Amazon.com and Kagins.com.

ENGLAND: A motorist has been caught speeding at 149m/ph (240km/h).

The offence, on the M25 near Swanley in Kent, was captured by a speed camera and was the highest recorded speed during the period April 2013 to May 2014.

The offence and others were revealed in data received from police under a Freedom of Information Act request from the Institute of Advanced Motorists.

ENGLAND: The average office worker will have over 34,000 hot drinks, read more than 1m emails and visit the toilet 33,000 times during their career, research shows.

A survey of 550 office workers across the UK also found they will spend three months waiting by a printer and 10 months hanging on the phone over the course of their working life.

Office firm LondonOffices.com said its study revealed that many office workers have a set routine, including drinking around three cups of tea or coffee a day, spending three-quarters of an hour gossiping with colleagues, and eating lunch at the same time.

ENGLAND: A seal pup which ended up in a garden at the height of the winter storms is ready to go back to the wild.

Rover was just eight weeks old when storms washed him so far inshore in early February that he ended up in a garden in Portreath, Cornwall — several hundred feet from the nearest beach. Homeowners John and Val Wise found Rover wandering in the lawn.

Coastguards called the Cornish Seal Sanctuary, where Rover spent 10 days recovering. He will be released into the wild early next week.

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