Quirky World ... Turtle tipster predicts Brazil World Cup win

BRAZIL: The animal oracle predictions for the World Cup are well under way, with host nation Brazil getting a vote of confidence from its chosen turtle tipster.

By making a patriotic choice of food, loggerhead turtle Big Head predicted that Brazil will beat Croatia in the opening game of the World Cup tonight.

Big Head is Brazil’s answer to Germany’s Paul the Octopus, which started the psychic animal craze during the 2010 World Cup and spawned a slew of imitations around the world.

At the Praia do Forte turtle sanctuary north of Salvador, the 25-year-old male sea turtle was given the choice between eating a fish hung from a Brazilian flag or a Croatian flag. After attempting to eat the fish hung from a football indicating a draw, Big Head chose the one representing Brazil.

USA: The mother of an 11-year-old Connecticut boy has been arrested after police say her son brought a grenade to school for a show and tell related to Second World War lessons.

Lisa Miguel of Stratford was charged with risk of injury to a minor, reckless endangerment, and illegal possession of an explosive.

Stratford Academy was placed on lockdown. Students were sent to the back of the school until a bomb squad determined the grenade was a simulator used for training.

Police say Miguel told them the grenade had been a gift from her father, a war veteran, who had told her it was a dud.

SCOTLAND: Brazil will win the 2014 World Cup, according to a study by a sport economist.

Dr Nicolas Scelles, of the University of Stirling, analysed more than 2,800 international matches in the past three years and considered 18 different variables — including gross domestic product and population difference — before coming to his conclusion.

He predicted that England can expect a quarter-final defeat at the hands of World Cup holders Spain.

USA: A 34-year-old woman who posed as a teenager to enrol as a second-year student at an East Texas high school has pleaded guilty to failure to identify.

A judge in Longview sentenced Charity Johnson to 85 days in jail.

Johnson was arrested on May 13 after a woman who allowed Johnson to stay at her apartment called the police when she discovered Johnson was not a teenager. New Life Christian School officials said Johnson enrolled last October with a guardian and indicated she was 15 years old.

Johnson told police she was born in 1997 and officers issued her a trespass warning.

USA: He was using decades-old equipment on a famously tough course, but he hit the centre of the fairway.

The pilot of a 1929 biplane with a sputtering engine and two passengers aboard made an emergency landing on a fairway at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego, US.

The plane sent stunned golfers scrambling, but it landed smoothly, and nobody was injured in the plane or on the ground.

USA: A waitress received a $1,000 (€740) tip directly from her customer after the restaurant refused to give it to her because it was left on a credit card.

Shaina Brown was working the night shift in Raleigh when a man left her the tip. The Waffle House restaurant said it refunds large tips unless they are paid by cash or cheque to avoid disputes about charges.

Brown said she was humiliated when it refused to give her the money. She said she got a call from her customer, who wanted to remain anonymous. She said he had heard about her problems and immediately wrote her a cheque.

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