QUIRKY WORLD ... Song to curb drivers’ kicks on Route 66

SING TO STOP SPEED

Tigress Productions is creating the road between Albuquerque and the mountain community of Tijeras for a new National Geographic Channel series dubbed Crowd Control.

The road uses a series of rumble strips to create music, which the driver will hear as long as the speed limit is obeyed. State transportation secretary Tom Church said the rumble strips will also keep drowsy drivers from falling asleep at the wheel. He said the goal of the experiment was to change driver behaviour in a fun way.

MEATY TROUSERS

USA: A New York supermarket employee has been accused of leaving the store with $1,200 (€949) worth of meat hidden in his trousers.

State police say Gregory Rodriguez, of Ossining, is charged with fourth-degree grand larceny. Rodriguez works at the A&P in Croton-on-Hudson. Police were called about the theft and Rodriguez was arrested shortly afterwards.

A SPEEDY RECORD

WALES: A speed camera in Cardiff could be the UK’s most prolific after generating more than an estimated £800,000 (€1,020,269) worth of fines in just six months.

According to road safety group GoSafe Wales, the device on the junction of the city’s Newport Road and Colchester Avenue caught 13,624 speeding motorists and a further 146 running red lights from January to June.

Last year, a Freedom of Information request revealed the highest-grossing camera in the UK was one on the M60 near Stockport, which caught more than 32,000 motorists in three years.

However, its Cardiff cousin could eclipse that figure. If it continues at its present rate, by 2017 it would have caught more than 82,000.

SPERM ROW

USA: An Ohio woman has sued a Chicago-area sperm bank after she became pregnant with sperm donated by a black man instead of a white man as she had intended.

Uniontown resident Jennifer Cramblett said she found out she was impregnated with the wrong sperm in April 2012 while five months pregnant with her daughter Payton.

Ms Cramblett and Ms Zinkon are white. Ms Cramblett says they love their daughter very much. Their lawsuit seeks more than $50,000.

TAKEN DOWN

ENGLAND: One of street artist Banksy’s newest works has been removed following complaints it was racist.

The mural — featuring a group of pigeons holding anti-immigration banners — appeared this week in Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, where a by-election is due to be held next week following MP Douglas Carswell’s defection from the Conservatives to Ukip.

It featured four pigeons holding signs — including one reading ‘Go Back to Africa’ — directed at an exotic-looking bird. Tendring District Council said it did not know the work was by Banksy, but it had received a complaint it was offensive and racist. A spokesman said it was removed “in line with our policy to remove this type of material within 48 hours”.

FACEBOOK APOLOGY

USA: Facebook has apologised to drag queens and the transgender community for deleting accounts that used drag names like Lil Miss Hot Mess rather than legal names such as Bob Smith.

The world’s biggest online social network was criticised recently when it deleted several hundred accounts belonging to self-described drag queens, other performers and members of the LGBT community. Facebook has long required its users to go by their “real names” on the site for security purposes. Now, it says that will not mean a person’s legal name but “the authentic name they use in real life”.

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