QUIRKY WORLD ... Fisherman’s catch of the day nets digital camera

USA: Andre Monterio has a fishing story about one that got away and eventually was caught.

QUIRKY WORLD ... Fisherman’s catch of the day nets digital camera

But what he pulled from Lake Michigan near Grand Haven in September had no scales or gills. It was a small digital camera knocked overboard two years ago from another boat.

WZZM-TV reports that Monterio put the camera’s memory card in his computer and saw ‘Mike’s Family Pharmacy’ in one photo. He contacted pharmacist Mike Cook at the shop in Montague, northwest of Grand Rapids.

Cook was on the boat when the camera was lost. He relayed the story to Deb Hays of Whitehall. The camera belonged to her husband.

Hays told the television station that “when something falls in a great lake, your chance of getting it back is slim to none”.

A recipe for confusion

USA: A recipe for sausage rolls has caused confusion in America.

The New York Times ran a recipe for the pastry snack, claiming the dish was a traditional British Boxing Day meal. Once shared on social media, the five-star recipe caused confusion among Americans, Britons, and Australians.

The newspaper wrote on Twitter: “Like pigs in a blanket, but so much better.”

Haggis in the US

SCOTLAND: Haggis-makers could ‘tweak’ the recipe for the famous delicacy in a bid to get round a ban on selling it in America, Scotland’s Rural Affairs Secretary has suggested.

Richard Lochhead is in the US and Canada this week to promote Scottish food and drink. As part of his visit, he will be raising the issue of America’s import ban on haggis, which has been in place since 1971.

Mr Lochhead, who will be accompanied by James Macsween, director of haggis-maker Macsween of Edinburgh, said that if the product could be sold in the US it could help boost Scotland’s economy.

Lead role reversal

USA: A new production of Hello Dolly is breaking ground with a man taking on the lead role made famous by Carol Channing and Barbra Streisand.

Lee Roy Reams, who starred opposite Channing twice in the Tony award- winning show, is stepping into the part at the Wick Theater in Boca Raton, Florida. The theatre had to get special permission from composer Jerry Herman.

The musical tells the story of a matchmaker who sweeps into the lives of a store owner and his staff, as well as two ladies in a millinery. It will be the first production in the US where the role of Dolly Levi has been played by a man.

Pygmy goat back in pen

USA: A baby pygmy goat which vanished from the Arizona State Fair, prompting a Twitter campaign for his safe return, has been reunited with his mother.

Dozens of employees and fair visitors burst into applause as GusGus was placed back in the pen where he was last seen. Several people huddled to watch the pair reunite below a ‘Welcome Home GusGus!’ banner and ‘Welcome Home’ balloons.

Fair livestock director Karen Searle said a man walking his dog along a canal in Phoenix found GusGus and took him to a pet store, where a worker reached out to the State Fair.

Drink driver

ENGLAND: A 33-year-old woman has been given a suspended prison sentence after she was caught driving for 120km during an hour-and-a-half period while three times the drink-drive limit.

Sibahle Shange, from Bartley, Hampshire, was sentenced at Southampton Crown Court to eight months imprisonment, suspended for two years, after pleading guilty to driving under the influence and dangerous driving.

She was also ordered to do 200 hours of unpaid work and was banned from driving for three years.

Tribute to Poe

USA: The next Poe Toaster in charge of performing a tribute at Edgar Allan Poe’s gravesite has been selected.

The Maryland Historical Society, Poe Baltimore and Westminster Burying Grounds decided to hold a contest to select a new Poe Toaster, accepting proposals for how each candidate would pay tribute to Poe.

The new Poe Toaster, whose identity is a secret, will perform a tribute at Poe’s gravesite during the writer’s birthday in January. The tradition started after a visitor left three roses and a bottle of cognac at his grave on the night of his birthday — every year from the 1930s until 2009.

Condiment conundrum

USA: Police say an Ohio man was drunk when he had his nine-year-old neighbour drive him to a petrol station to buy barbecue sauce for their chicken dinner.

A Tiffin police spokesman said the boy drove the man to the station on Saturday evening, but clerks would not let the child drive home and reported the situation. Police say the 27-year-old man tried to drive home and was pulled over by officers.

Police say the man faces several charges, including child endangering, operating a vehicle while intoxicated, refusing a chemical breath test and driving under suspension.

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