QUIRKY WORLD... Social media in a flap over plane ‘nok’ strike

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QUIRKY WORLD... Social media in a flap over plane ‘nok’ strike

A Thai AirAsia plane hit a bird during a flight in Thailand, where the word for bird is ‘nok’, sparking social media confusion over whether the aircraft had collided with a plane from budget carrier Nok Air.

Within hours of the collision, Nok Air took to Twitter to set the story straight: “We would like to clarify that Nok Air did not clip another aircraft today.” The tweet added that the other plane had hit a real bird.

The Airbus A320-200, carrying 151 passengers from Bangkok to southern Nakhon Si Thammarat, landed safely but the impact left “a scratch” on the edge of the left wing, Thai AirAsia said in a statement.

USA: Police in Montana say a woman kicked and struck her boyfriend with a shotgun because he said bad things about her in his sleep.

Police said that 24-year-old Sara Ann Bade of Willow Creek was arrested at her home at about 2am. She appeared in Gallatin County Justice Court on a felony charge of assault with a weapon.

The boyfriend told police the two were sleeping when he awoke to Bade kicking him and telling him he was talking in his sleep and saying bad things about her. He said she also shot out his front tyre and smashed his windscreen when he tried to leave.

He was not seriously hurt in the assault.

Bade says the two had been fighting and her boyfriend struck her and would not leave when she asked him.

BAFFLING BRAZIL

ENGLAND: Brazil is baffling for Britons, despite the huge South American country’s high profile as host of the football World Cup.

More than 30% of Britons could not pick out Brazil on a map, while 54% were unaware than Brazilians speak Portuguese, according to a survey by Hotels.com.

Of the 2,000 people polled, 1% mistook Brazil for China on a map, while the country Brazil was most mistaken for was Argentina.

DOUBLING UP

USA: Those attending a suburban Philadelphia high school commencement ceremony this month will see a lot of familiar faces: The school plans to graduate no fewer than 14 pairs of twins.

The 2014 graduating class of William Tennent High School in Bucks County includes five sets of male twins, seven sets of male/female twins, and two sets of female twins, the Bucks County Courier Times reports.

Federal officials said the twin birth rate rose 76% from 1980 to 2009. Researchers have attributed the increase to growing use of fertility drugs and treatments and more births to older women.

CRIMINAL MIX-UP

USA: A Pennsylvania woman has been accused of taking advantage of county jail guards who were apparently confused by her similar-sounding name and released her to a bail bondsman looking for another inmate.

Fayette County warden Brian Miller said Evelyn Grace Campbell, 29, of Uniontown, is back in the county lock-up and now faces an escape charge after Friday’s mix-up. That is when the bondsman showed up to post $500 (€370) bail on behalf of another inmate, Maretta Ruth Gamble.

The warden believes that Campbell stepped forward when guards called for Gamble — then escaped after telling the bail bondsman she did not have identification before he let her sign the release papers.

LEMONY SNICKET PRIZE

USA: A New Orleans-based librarian known as ‘the book lady’ for her dedication to her community has won the inaugural Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced With Adversity.

Laurence Copel will receive $3,000 in prize money for her efforts, which include setting up a library in her own home and riding her bicycle to reach families in need of books.

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