Quirky World...Doughnut champ has to eat humble pie

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Quirky World...Doughnut champ has to eat humble pie

US: The sweet victory for a North Carolina man who beat police officers in a doughnut -eating contest last week soured after a newspaper story about the win led to his arrest for breaking and entering.

Bradley Hardison, 24, of Elizabeth City downed eight doughnuts in two minutes during a contest on Tuesday night at an anti-crime event hosted by the city’s police department, according to a story in the Daily Advance.

That report caught the eye of sheriff’s lieutenant Max Robeson, who said his detectives had been trying to interview Hardison for about nine months after suspecting him of break-ins at two local businesses.

Robeson said they brought Hardison in for questioning on Wednesday.

“I said, ‘Congratulations on your win last night,’” Robeson recalled, before arresting the man on criminal charges of breaking and entering and injury to real property.

BRITAIN: Singer-songwriter Jon Allen has offered to pay Rod Stewart back after feeling guilty for years over the theft of an album when he was a broke teenager.

The musician — whose latest release Deep River has been Radio 2’s album of the week — swiped a copy of a £6.99 (€8.74) compilation cassette by Stewart and his old band The Faces in 1990 from Woolworths.

Folk-rock artist Allen said: “I didn’t have the money so I nicked it. But now that I’ve sold a few records of my own and have a few quid I’d really like to finally pay Rod for that cassette. Also, I’d like to apologise to Woolworths for helping to put them out of business.”

BRITAIN: The secret to a perfect relationship consists of a three-and-a-half-year age gap, five kisses a day and sex twice a week, according to a new study.

Sharing two hobbies; saying ‘I love you’ at least once a day; and regarding your partner as your best friend are also signs of a lasting liaison.

Three-quarters of the 2,000 adults polled for the newly launched Two Together Railcard said that for a relationship to be perfect the couple didn’t necessarily have to be married.

US: A Florida woman, aged 78, tried to fly on an international trip to the Philippines from Detroit with almost $41,000 (€30,570) in cash hidden inside her girdle, bra and carry-on bag.

A complaint filed in the US District Court in Detroit said the woman was trying to board a flight to the Philippines with her daughter.

Customs and Border Protection officers found $8,000 in wallets in her carry-on bag, $4,000 sewn into a cloth pouch and nearly $1,000 in envelopes, according to the complaint. She then told them she had $3,000 in her blouse and $2,000 sewn into the strap of her bra.

Officers continued to search and said they found about $21,000 in her girdle. The woman told authorities she had recently sold her home for $120,000, and wired some money to the Philippines.

“She stated that she did not wire the proceeds to the Philippines this time because she thought it was safer to carry the money,” according to the complaint.

Federal law requires travellers to declare if they are carrying more than $10,000. The woman hasn’t been charged, but the government in the forfeiture complaint said it wants to keep the money.

US: Police in New York are on the hunt for a prolific bank robber who wears many hats.

Police say the man donned a range of wacky headpieces as he committed eight bank robberies in Nassau County. One of the banks was robbed twice.

Surveillance photos show the robber wearing a floppy white hat at one bank. At another, he accessorised with a baseball hat with a picture of President Barack Obama on it.

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