QUIRKY WORLD...World Cup joke backfires for airline

TWEET BACKLASH

QUIRKY WORLD...World Cup joke backfires for airline

Within minutes of the Netherlands’ 2-1 victory, it posted a picture of an airport departures sign under the heading “Adios Amigos!”

Next to the word “Departures” is the image of a man with a mustache wearing a sombrero.

The post immediately went viral, with A-list Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal vowing never to use the carrier again. The post was pulled and a KLM spokeswoman later said it was “meant to be a joke”, with the carrier apologising to those it had offended.

PLANE STRANGE

USA: Passengers on a United Airlines plane got a shock when an evacuation slide deployed during the flight, filling part of the cabin.

Traveller Mike Schroeder said he was flying from Chicago to Orange County, California, when he heard a hiss and pop. He says he turned around and saw the plane’s emergency evacuation slide inflating inside the plane.

The plane made an emergency landing in Kansas but Schroeder said passengers remained calm and took pictures of the sight with their phones.

EQUALITY CONTROVERSY

FRANCE: France is replacing its plan to teach children the “ABCD of equality” between boys and girls after protests by some parents who feared it was a stealth effort to erase gender differences.

The education ministry said it would replace the plan with new training for teachers when the new school year begins in September. From then, teachers will be able to decide how to broach the topic.

The initial plan was essentially an experiment with 275 schools, and it came under protest from Roman Catholic leaders, the French far right, and some parents groups.

HAGGIS HOPES

SCOTLAND: Senior aides to Barack Obama will be urged to let traditional Scottish haggis back into the US.

The consumption of sheep lung, a key ingredient of haggis alongside heart and liver, has been banned in the US since 1971, while British lamb has been banned since 1989 after the BSE crisis.

The haggis market is worth £15m (€18.75m) in the UK and could be worth far more in the US, given the popularity of Scottish heritage there, UK environment secretary Owen Paterson said.

GIANT JELLYFISH

ENGLAND: A giant barrel jellyfish has been spotted swimming in an estuary (pictured right).

Cornwall Wildlife Trust marine awareness officer Matt Slater and his dog Mango swam around the jellyfish to capture footage at Percuil estuary near St Mawes in Cornwall. The jellyfish is said to weigh up to 20kg and measure around one metre in diameter.

Barrel jellies are harmless to humans as their stings are too weak to get through human skin. Slater said: “It was an otherworldly experience. These creatures are incredibly beautiful when you get a close look at them.”

UNUSUAL TOAST

SCOTLAND: The Royal Navy’s biggest ever ship will be formally named this week — with whisky replacing the more traditional champagne at the ceremony.

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth will smash a bottle of Islay malt whisky against the HMS Queen Elizabeth at the ceremony at Rosyth in Fife, where the aircraft carrier has been assembled and fitted out.

The whisky will be from Bowmore Distillery, the first distillery the queen ever visited in an official capacity.

Scottish secretary Alistair Carmichael said: “As someone who grew up on Islay, I know how much it will mean to the community to have their whisky playing a central role in such an important occasion.”

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