Quirky World ... After hitting the skids sales of Y-fronts clean up

UK: They are the dreaded Christmas present from your grandmother, the underwear you might want to rethink if you are hoping for a sizzling end to a date.

Quirky World ... After hitting the skids sales of Y-fronts clean up

But despite yo-yoing in and out of fashion, the humble Y-front is celebrating its 80th birthday. More than half a million pairs of the famous pants are expected to be given as gifts in the UK this Christmas, according to Jockey, the US manufacturer of the original Y-Front briefs.

Although sales have occasionally hit the skids in the face of the popularity of boxer shorts, Y-fronts have never been far from the public consciousness — from Tom Cruise cavorting around in a pair in 1983’s Risky Business to David Beckham famously posing in his “kecks” for H&M.

LOST PROPERTY

UK:

A false leg, a set of mountain bikes, and a giant crab are among items left behind on buses.

The 10-legged crab was taken on board by a Chinese couple who could not speak English, the UK’s National Express said. They had bought a child’s ticket for the crab which was found on a Coventry to Inverness service. As there were no seaside stops on the route, a special coach was chartered to drop the crab off at the end of Blackpool Pier on the advice of marine biologists.

SPECIAL GUEST

UK: Christmas came early to Leicester Square when Santa’s sleigh and two of his reindeer arrived on the red carpet for the Get Santa premiere.

The festive family film sees Santa locked up for trying to rescue his reindeer, who have been impounded in Battersea Dogs Home, and his freedom reliant on a small boy (Kit Connor) and his dad (Rafe Spall) getting him out. Stars of the film, who posed with the reindeer and sleigh, told of the perfect casting of Jim Broadbent in the role of Father Christmas.

Spall said: “I think Jim is related to Santa. I think he’s got a direct line to Father Christmas, there’s something funny going on that I can’t get my head around. He’s the perfect Santa Claus.”

CAT CONUNDRUM

USA:

Residents in Pennsylvania are hoping tests on air samples can explain why their city smells like cat urine.

The smell emerged on November 1 in the city of New Castle, about 70km northwest of Pittsburgh, and is said to be still lingering near a sewage treatment plant in the Mahoningtown neighbourhood. State environmental officials do not believe the odour is harmful, but they do not yet know what’s causing it.

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection says on-site monitoring has detected no hazardous substances in the air, but tests on air samples to determine what’s causing the smell will take weeks to complete. The DEP is also testing waste water to determine if it is causing the smell.

TRAFFIC TROUBLE

USA:

A drunken driver stopped his van and fell asleep at the wheel — in the middle of traffic on a New York City highway.

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey police said other vehicles were having to manoeuvre around the van when an officer found it on Route 440 in Staten Island. Police said there was an open beer can in the van’s cup holder.

The officer roused the snoozing driver and gave him sobriety tests. Police said the 39-year-old Pennsylvania man failed, and he was arrested when they found that his licence has been suspended 27 times.

DRUG DISASTER

USA:

A woman being cited for public drunkenness in Pennsylvania accidentally dropped a bag of crack cocaine on the police station floor.

Uniontown police said 23-year-old Savannah Turachak, of Lemont Furnace, was patted down for weapons but not otherwise searched when she was taken to the station. She returned moments later to report being harassed by someone and, in the process, fluffed her shirt to straighten it out — and the drugs fell out.

Surveillance video shows she tried to pick up the bag but instead left it when three other people walked in.

Police found it a short time later and charged her.

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