Quirky World: Police dive in to allay fears over McDonald’s customer

USA: Police say a belligerent man dressed in scuba gear caused a stir at a northern Michigan McDonald’s.

Quirky World: Police dive in to allay fears over McDonald’s customer

The Traverse City Record-Eagle and MLive.com report the man, who had been drinking, showed up in the morning. Workers called police, who found the 48-year-old man nearby. Police say they warned him that management didn’t want him at the restaurant.

Police didn’t know why the man was wearing scuba gear. Regardless, Det Sgt James Bussell said “as far as wearing scuba gear and having a couple of beers, that’s legal”.

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Conchita’s wish

AUSTRIA:

Conchita Wurst would like to hang out with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The bearded Austrian cross-dresser said she would “love to spend at least a week with him” because she wants to understand what it means to “be President Putin”, who has clamped down heavily on gay rights in Russia, making public displays of homosexuality punishable by law.

Wurst’s participation last year in the Eurovision Song Contest was widely criticised by thousands of Russians. The Orthodox Church described her as an “abomination” and, after her win, Putin advised her not to flaunt her lifestyle.

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Call of duty

USA:

A central Oregon woman decided to use her best friend’s bridesmaid dress to scoop up an injured rockchuck.

The Bend Bulletin reports that 35-year-old Laura Davies saw the yellow- bellied marmot, known as a rockchuck, after she finished dress shopping for her June wedding. The creatures are large ground squirrels.

She spotted the animal in the grass and parked her car nearby. Davies sprinted in 4in heels to the rockchuck with the bridesmaid dress in hand.

The animal appeared to have a head injury and had likely been hit by a car. Davies brought the animal to High Desert Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation, where she volunteers.

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Secret messages

USA:

It isn’t quite a message in a bottle, but an Ohio man says he found a 21-year-old message secreted in a camera film case that had travelled 64km down the Grand River in Michigan.

Terry Smith found the case while hunting for mushrooms.

According to Smith, the case contained three pieces of paper written by two 12-year-old girls in Lansing in 1994. Two of the documents show drawings of the girls, while the third is a letter to the finder of the film case. Leah Sedelmaier, one of the authors of the note, was contacted by Smith. Although she doesn’t remember putting together the note, she said she was shocked someone found it.

Sedelmaier said she has since reconnected with her co-author and friend to try and piece together their memories from that day.

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Mountain rescue

ENGLAND:

An animal welfare charity is trying to trace the owner of a dog found at the top of England’s highest mountain by holidaymakers who took him home to Scotland.

The couple found the male collie cross at the summit of Scafell Pike in the Lake District last Saturday. They tried to get help in England without success so took him home to Maybole in South Ayrshire before alerting the Scottish SPCA. The dog is now being cared for at the charity’s animal rescue and rehoming centre in Glasgow.

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Miles to go

ENGLAND:

New figures show Britain’s motorway network has grown by just 54 miles (87km) since David Cameron became prime minister in 2010.

This compares with a growth of 191 miles during the seven-year tenure of the previous Conservative prime minister, John Major.

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