QUIRKY WORLD ... Whiff of Whopper as Burger King turns up heat with scent

USA: The whiff of a Whopper made hundreds of customers hungry for a Burger King special — “Flame Grilled” cologne.

QUIRKY WORLD ... Whiff of Whopper as Burger King turns up heat with scent

Bottles of the fragrance were sold at the fast-food chain’s stores in Japan for 5,000 yen (about $40), including one Whopper burger.

At a Tokyo outlet, 17-year-old Yuki Ishibashi bought one out of curiosity.

He took a whiff of the spray and described the scent as “spicy”.

Nanako Katabami bought one as a gift, and quoted her friend as saying it smelled like a Burger King store.

Burger King said the cologne sold out at about half of its 90 Japanese outlets by evening. The promotion, available only in Japan, was timed deliberately for April Fools’ Day.

The company hoped the scent would make customers identify Burger King with a grilled-beef burger smell.

Sweet treat

ENGLAND: A tasty model of The Imitation Game star Benedict Cumberbatch has been created out of chocolate.

Some of the Sherlock star’s fans, known as Cumberbitches, may say he looks good enough to eat, but now he really is after a life-sized sculpture was crafted out of cocoa to celebrate him being voted the dishiest dramatic actor on UKTV.

To mark the launch of the new Drama channel on UKTV’s on-demand service, uktvplay, 2,000 women were asked to name the man they find the tastiest in TV drama.

Duck out

ENGLAND: A row over a duck that threatened to derail the unveiling of a statue of a famous locomotive designer has been settled.

The statue to rail engineer Sir Nigel Gresley, who designed the Mallard locomotive and the Flying Scotsman, was to feature a duck.

However, Sir Nigel’s family, and others, were not keen on the appearance of the duck with the bronze statue, which is due to be unveiled at King’s Cross station in London on the 75th anniversary of Sir Nigel’s death. Now, the Gresley Society Trust, which commissioned sculptor Hazel Reeves to create the statue, has announced the duck will not appear.

Barrel of laughs

SCOTLAND: After nine days and 517 miles, a personal trainer has completed a madcap challenge with a whisky barrel.

Personal trainer Rob Edmond rolled the barrel 12 hours a day from Perthshire in Scotland to Tidworth in Wiltshire to raise money for Help for Heroes.

During the Bell’s Barrel of Laughs trek, Mr Edmond, who was the personal trainer on ITV’s The Biggest Loser, was joined by veterans and comedians.

Ringing up a bill

USA: An Idaho man called 911 a dozen times to report being overcharged at a bar and now faces a $1,000 US fine and a year in jail.

A police officer gave Phillip Poissonnier a ride home after he was kicked out of Club Tequila. Poissonnier then made 12 emergency calls, the first wanting officers to come back to discuss his bar tab, police said.

A bartender produced Poissonnier’s receipts showing he was charged $30 for the 10 beers he ordered. He now faces a misdemeanour citation over misusing 911.

Fork lift felony

USA: Police in Fairbanks, Alaska, say a 21-year-old man drove a stolen forklift more than three miles while intoxicated to retrieve a truck he crashed.

Aleksandr Glushko of Delta Junction drove off a road in a pickup and crashed into pipe stacked in a company yard. The pickup was left straddling the pipe.

Police say Glushko then walked to George Horner Ice Park, stole a forklift and drove off with it.

Glushko has been charged with felony driving under the influence of alcohol.

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