QUIRKY WORLD...Golfers take swing at each other in rules row

GOLFERS TAKE A SWING AT EACH OTHER

Two golfers have been charged with fighting after they argued about the rules of the game while playing together and one of them is accused of hitting the other over the head with a 3-wood.

State police say Roger Lee Harris, 63, and Bryan Bandes, 42, were playing with three others at the Springdale Golf Course near Uniontown, Pennsylvania, on Sunday when they argued about rules involving ‘casual water’ — otherwise known as puddles.

After settling that dispute on the 5th hole, police say they argued again on the 7th hole, with Harris hitting Bandes with the club and the men trading punches.

Harris is charged with aggravated assault and simple assault, while Bandes is charged with simple assault.

BAD IDEA

ENGLAND: An elderly woman who was caught cycling along the M25 has been issued with a penalty notice, police said.

The 74-year-old was using the motorway as “a short cut” when she was spotted riding on the hard shoulder between junctions 10 and 11 in Surrey, officers said.

The woman, from New Haw, Surrey, was escorted off the M25 and issued with a £50 (€63) fixed penalty notice, Surrey Police said.

In June, a 44-year-old man from Ghana was arrested after cycling on the hard shoulder of the M25 and was found to have overstayed his immigration visitor’s visa.

ENGINE STOWAWAY

SERBIA: Workers preparing a plane for a flight from Siberia to an Egyptian resort city discovered a mystery man hiding in one of the engines.

The man was found in the engine of the jetliner that was to fly from Kemerovo to Hurghada, Egypt, the Interfax news agency reports.

The man was in an “inadequate condition” and could not explain how or why he had crawled into the engine, the report said. It said he was taken to hospital after being discovered, but his identity has not been established.

TORTOISE TUSSLE

USA: Animal rights supporters have urged an art museum in the US to call off an upcoming exhibit featuring three tortoises with iPads mounted on their backs.

But the Aspen Art Museum released a statement supporting the exhibit by Chinese-born Cai Guo-Qiang called ‘Moving Ghost Town’. It said the tortoises were rescued from a breeder, a vet is overseeing their care, and that their diet includes leafy vegetables.

The African Sulcata tortoises will roam around grass on the museum’s roof deck garden. Each will have two iPads showing footage of abandoned ghost-town cabins from around the valley, images that were previously recorded with the devices while they were attached to the tortoises.

QUICK LEARNERS

ENGLAND: Britons are reaching their peak understanding of digital technology at the age of 14 to 15, according to a new report.

The study, by communications regulator Ofcom, found that six-year-olds have the same understanding of using gadgets such as mobile phones and tablets as 45-year-olds.

The research also shows that the average UK adult now spends more time using media or communications (eight hours, 41 minutes a day) than they do sleeping (eight hours, 21 minutes). Ofcom’s Communications Market Report featured a study carried out by Ipsos Mori, which questioned 1,982 adults aged 15-plus, and 800 children aged six to 15.

NAKED CAMPAIGNER

USA: A San Francisco Board of Supervisors candidate has stripped naked in central New York City to campaign for the right to be nude in public.

George Davis was in Times Square to speak out against a 2013 San Francisco public nudity ban introduced by his opponent, Scott Wiener. He says being naked is a form of expression and has been arrested twice for public nudity.

After the speech, he conducted interviews stark naked.

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