QUIRKY WORLD ... Coffee-drinking parrot causes woman to crash car

USA: State police said a woman blames her coffee-drinking pet parrot for distracting her moments before she crashed her car into a guardrail in Pennsylvania.

QUIRKY WORLD ... Coffee-drinking parrot causes woman to crash car

Troopers from Uniontown said the 35-year-old woman was driving on a South Union Township road just before 5pm on Tuesday when she noticed the bird pecking at the lid of her coffee cup. The woman says she struck the guardrail when she glanced down to see what the bird was doing.

The woman told police that the bird likes to drink coffee — and they also found bird seed in a cup holder next to the coffee and a few feathers nearby. Police say the woman broke her arm and had facial cuts because her airbag deployed. The parrot was not hurt.

In a stew for the record

BOSNIA:

Bosnian chefs hope to break a Guinness World Record for the biggest chicken stew in the world by cooking up the meal for 14,000 people.

Some 100 cooks and volunteers used 1,000kg of chicken and about 300kg of vegetables to prepare the traditional dish, known as Bey’s soup, in the centre of Sarajevo. It took eight hours to cook in an enormous pot.

Judges are sending details of the event to Guinness officials for verification.

Part of the dish was served to hundreds of residents who gathered to watch the spectacle. Organisers said the rest will be distributed to soup kitchens, which tend to thousands of people in the country where close to a fifth of the population lives below the poverty line.

Raccoon hits the heights

CANADA:

A death-defying raccoon has caused a sensation in Toronto by climbing a crane about 698ft up a skyscraper.

Social media was a-buzz with a photo of the furry adventurer peering from between the metallic rungs of a crane 58 storeys high.

The photo was snapped by crane operator Rob MacFarlane who has a popular Twitter stream that showcases photos of the city from high above.

Mr MacFarlane said it is not the first time he has seen raccoons on the crane. He said the critter climbed back down after he yelled at it.

Tree ninja arrested

USA:

Boston police say they have arrested a 65-year-old man they believe is the infamous “Brighton Tree Ninja”.

For several years a vandal has been damaging newly planted trees and shrubbery in the city’s Brighton neighbourhood. Authorities have been unable to apprehend the perpetrator.

The Boston Globe reports that police set up surveillance near the Brighton Elks Club. Officers caught Joseph Rizza entering an empty lot and attempting to chop down a tree with a hammer.

He is being charged with wilful and malicious destruction of property, and one count of possession of a dangerous weapon. Police are continuing to investigate Rizza in connection with several years of reports of similar incidents.

Let it go, says senator

USA:

Senator Pat Roberts is urging people to “let it go” after his mobile phone filled a sombre committee hearing room with the first few bars of a song from Disney’s Frozen.

The Kansas City Star reports the 78-year-old Kansas lawmaker was questioning Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Thursday when his phone went off. Vilsack tried in vain to repress a smile as an apologetic Roberts fumbled with his phone and quipped, “Just let it go.”

Twitter exploded, with the celebrity news focused TMZ and Roberts’ 2014 primary opponent, Milton Wolf, among those offering snarky commentary. Wolf said he figured Roberts was “more like a Sleeping Beauty kinda guy.”

Roberts’ spokeswoman Sarah Little said the senator’s Frozen ringtone is for his grandkids.

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