Quirky World ... Tenants had to crawl into loft apartment


Barnet council’s environmental health team found that the low ceiling above the staircase and small entrance hatch made it impossible for tenants to reach the room while standing upright, raising concerns that it could impede their escape in the event of a fire.

Head height along the course of the staircase was found to only be between 2ft 4ins and 4ft, and the door to the room was also reduced in size.


GERMANY: A landlady was within her rights to evict a man for persistently using a squeaky swing in his apartment late at night as a sex prop, a German court has ruled.

The court in Munich said the unidentified man installed the “very old” chain swing in his apartment in 2012 and regularly disturbed his neighbours with “sexual, athletic and squeaking noises” late into the night, causing multiple complaints.

It noted his rental agreement included a clause to be quiet between 10pm and 7am.


VENEZUELA: Nationals may soon need to have their fingerprints scanned before they can buy bread.

President Nicolas Maduro has announced a mandatory grocery fingerprinting system to combat food shortages. He said it will stop people buying too much of a single item.

The socialist South American country has been grappling with shortages of basics such as cooking oil and flour for more than a year.


USA: Call Luke Skywalker for backup.

Police in Juneau took a call on Tuesday to check out a suspicious device spotted on the side of a road.

The Juneau Empire reports the first officer on the scene wasn’t sure what to make of the object. A dispatcher sent out a second officer with expertise in bombs.

Wise in the ways of Star Wars toys was he.

The second officer determined that the device was a plastic light saber toy taped to a stick.

The laser swords were the preferred weapons of Jedi knights.


USA: People who told police they were not that drunk while driving may have been right in one Pennsylvania county.

Somerset County district attorney Lisa Lazzari-Strasiser tells the Daily American that a hospital has been testing drivers’ blood serum, not whole blood, when doing the tests. As a result, the blood-alcohol content has been overestimated by as much as 15%.

That’s important because the blood-alcohol level is used to determine whether someone is legally drunk and, in some cases, whether they deserve more severe punishment.

The prosecutor says it is reviewing some cases.


USA: A lawyer convicted of selling high-end wine from his home cellar despite strict Pennsylvania liquor laws hopes to win back the seized collection before it’s destroyed.

Arthur Goldman’s collection is estimated to be worth $125,000 (€94,408) or more, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported

Police seized nearly 2,500 bottles from Goldman after making undercover buys at his Malvern home. State law calls for all contraband liquor to be destroyed. Wine enthusiasts blanch at the thought.


USA: A New York City woman had some unexpected roommates living in her apartment: 50,000 bees.

WABC-TV reports beekeepers removed the swarm from Frieda Turkmenilli’s ceiling this week after her neighbours in Queens alerted the building manager.

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