Quirky World: Jailhouse rap sparks probe by prison authorities

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Quirky World: Jailhouse rap sparks probe by prison authorities


Georgia authorities are investigating how a group of inmates in a suburban Atlanta jail were able to make a rap music video using jailhouse equipment and then get it posted on social media, sheriff’s officials said.

The 2-minute-27-second video called “Thuggin’ Live from DeKalb Jail” was posted on YouTube. It shows a group of inmates dancing, with several taking off their shirts and waving contraband, DeKalb County Sheriff Jeffrey Mann said in a news release.

Superhero Christmas


Star Wars and Thunderbirds are set to be the must-have toys for Christmas this year, according to industry experts.

The Toy Retailers Association said this would be a vintage year for toys as it released its annual DreamToys list of predicted top sellers, with three of them connected to the new Star Wars film The Force Awakens, due to hit cinemas next month.

They are the Bladebuilder Jedi Master Lightsaber by Hasbro, and Kylo Ren’s Command Shuttle and the Millennium Falcon, both by Lego.

The Thunderbirds Interactive Tracy Island Playset has also made the list, alongside favourites such as the Disney Frozen Sing-a-long Elsa.

Lego’s City Deep Sea Exploration Vessel is also expected to dominate Christmas lists, while Little Live Pets, Paw Patrol, Shopkins and the Vtech Toot Toot Friends toys are likely to top lists for younger children, the TRA predicts.

Rounding out the top 12 are the IDO3D Deluxe 3D Design Studio and the Pie Face family game.

The list is decided by a panel of leading toy retailers in the UK including Argos, Boots, Selfridges, Smyths Toys, The Entertainer, TK Maxx and Toys R US.

Lost film unearthed


A ‘lost’ film featuring Disney’s first animated character, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, has been unearthed in a British archive and will be shown for the first time in 87 years.

A print of the cartoon, called Sleigh Bells produced in 1928, was rediscovered by a researcher browsing the BFI National Archive’s online catalogue.

Walt Disney Animation Studios has restored the cartoon, which is around six minutes long, and it will have a world premiere next month.

The BFI said while other Oswald cartoons survived, Sleigh Bells had been feared lost and had not been seen since its original release.

Wrong culprit


Hidden cameras set up to catch fly-tippers have instead been triggered by a feathery intruder.

As part of a crackdown on illegal waste dumping, Durham County Council installed a series of CCTV cameras at known hotspots.

But after the team was alerted to possible criminal activity being caught on camera, they instead found footage of an inquisitive pheasant having a look down the lens.

Lost in translation


A Boston city councillor said he was being sarcastic when he tweeted that he would introduce an emergency ordinance prohibiting graffiti inspired by Justin Bieber.

The pop singer asked artists around the world to paint murals inspired by tracks from his upcoming album.

The singer posted a photo of a mural on a Boston pizza shop, prompting a joking response from councillor Matt O’Malley saying he planned to file legislation to keep such murals off city walls. But not everyone grasped the intended humour and the tweet garnered a range of responses, including calls for Mr O’Malley to focus on things like crime and poverty. Mr O’Malley said he has nothing against Bieber, but that he was not a fan of his work.

Brief encounter


Employees of a Vermont company have launched a side business selling underwear featuring a black-and-white drawing of the face of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

The underwear, which features the message ‘Feel the Bern’, is available for men and women and costs €14 plus shipping and handling. The three workers with KSE Partners, a strategic communications and government affairs firm, say they created Bernie’s Briefs as a fun side of the business.

The Vermont senator has said recently on late-night TV and talk shows that he prefers briefs over boxers. The start-up’s founders called Mr Sanders’s passion for serious issues admirable, with one saying the political process has benefited from his campaign.

Dog’s mystery journey


The owners of a pit bull who disappeared during flooding in Texas in May are puzzled as to how the animal ended up more than 3,200km away in northern California.

Eddie Hurtado says Thor ran away after his family evacuated their San Marcos home that was overwhelmed by the swelling Blanco River during storms over Memorial Day weekend.

Police found Thor wandering in Crescent City, California, in September and took him to the Del Norte County Animal Shelter, where workers used the microchip to identify him.

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