QUIRKY WORLD ... Poll position: 22% of adults still play with their toy cars

ENGLAND: As many as 22% of adults still play with toy cars even when their children are not around, according to a survey.

QUIRKY WORLD ... Poll position: 22% of adults still play with their toy cars

Around half of these “big kids” are quite happy to play in the company of adults, the poll by Honda found.

Based on responses from 2,044 UK adults, the survey also showed that 29% hold on to the toy models they had as a child, with 10% hiding their treasured possessions away.

Nearly 7% put their collection on display, while 13% have received a toy car as a gift as an adult, with 6% without such a present wishing they had been given one.

The survey showed that 24% admitted to being excited when buying a toy car as a gift because it brought back happy childhood memories, while 21% had received hand-me-down toys from other family members.

Earlier this year, trade magazine Toy News, published the result of a poll which put racing car set Scalextric at number four in a list of the greatest toys of all time. In eighth place was car toy company Matchbox.

Trio of triplets

USA: Doctors at a central California hospital have seen a trio of triplets born this month and expect the streak to continue.

The Fresno Bee newspaper reported that one set of triplets was born at Community Regional Medical Centre in Fresno the week of June 7, followed by another set June 18 and the third set three days later.

Dr Steven Elliott says he can’t remember in his 30 years when he has had a trio of triplets under his care. He says all nine babies were born by caesarean section and all are doing well.

Robbers cleaned out

GERMANY: A German shop assistant in a late-night convenience store chased away two armed robbers demanding money with the hose of a vacuum cleaner she was using to clean her shop in Berlin’s Neukoelln district, police said.

One of the two would-be robbers was brandishing a pistol and demanded she turn over the money from her cash register in the attempted robbery just after midnight on Tuesday.

But police said the woman, 59, stormed toward the duo and aimed the hose attachment of her switched-on vacuum cleaner at them.

“They then fled without the loot,” Berlin police said in a statement.

Newlyweds windfall

USA: Newlyweds from Cape Cod are planning to buy a house, pay off student loans and buy a truck after winning $15 million (€13.4m) on an instant scratch-off ticket.

WCVB-TV reports that Stacy and David Foster, of Orleans, who were married May 1, went to a store on Route 6 in Eastham. The Fosters claimed their $15m grand prize and went home with a one-time payment of $9.75m after taxes.

Break-in suspect leaves ID

USA: Sheriff’s deputies in North Carolina had little trouble identifying a break-in suspect whose wallet and ID were left at the scene.

The Charlotte Observer reports that Lincoln County authorities charged 25-year-old Joshua Ray Murphy, of High Shoals, with two felony counts of breaking and entering and one felony count each of larceny after breaking and entering, and possession of stolen goods.

Grin and bear it

USA: A resident of a Colorado mountain town woke from a nap on his deck to find a black bear nibbling his ankle, but later rejected a request by wildlife officials to put a trap on his property.

Peter Rizzuto, 77, told The Aspen Times he thought at first the creature was a large dog. He said last week’s encounter was very brief, and the skin on his ankle was not broken.

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