QUIRKY WORLD ... Grower makes a hash of cannabis plants’ location

AUSTRIA: Vienna police said they have discovered a plantation with more than 700 marijuana plants at a warehouse close to a police dog centre.
QUIRKY WORLD ... Grower makes a hash of cannabis plants’ location

Police said one of their dogs caught a whiff of the plants in the Austrian capital’s Floridsdorf district. Officers then saw a man taking a hose into the warehouse and searched the premises, finding 734 cannabis plants.

They also found 32 sacks stuffed with deep-frozen marijuana and a bag full of dried marijuana at the 27-year-old suspect’s apartment, they said in a statement. Police say the man is denying wrongdoing. The suspect comes from outside Vienna and might not have known that a police facility was nearby.

Ginger goes home

USA: A cat that was missing for more than eight years has been reunited with her family thanks to a man who took her to an animal shelter.

Marin Humane Society spokeswoman Lisa Bloch said that Rick Benson had been feeding the orange tabby near his shop in Novato for about two months until he decided to take the stray feline for a check-up at the animal shelter. Bloch says the cat was micro-chipped and the shelter was able to contact her owners, Nancy and Stephen Payne, who was reunited with Ginger.

Bloch says Ginger was just a kitten when she ran away from her Novato home.

She says reuniting a pet missing for eight years with their owners is a record for the organisation.

Banana slips in with herd

GERMANY: A wild pig in Germany has decided to give up its ‘boaring’ life — leaving the forest to live with a small herd of cattle.

Farmer Dirk Reese told the DPA news agency the boar, which he nicknamed Banana, has been living with the eight cattle for more than two months on his property north of Hamburg, not far from the Danish border.

Reese says Banana has been effectively adopted by the cattle: “He’s fully integrated into the herd, which is fascinating.”

Reese says Banana has achieved celebrity status in the area, so he’s not worried that the boar’s life in an open pasture might make it easy prey for a local hunter.

Resist festive frankness

ENGLAND: Workers are being urged to resist speaking their mind to a boss at their Christmas party after research showed the perils of drinking while managers are in the room.

A survey of almost 1,700 adults for the TUC revealed that one in 10 admitted embarrassing themselves in front of their employer at a festive gathering.

Two in five said they overindulged, and one in 12 said something revealing about themselves to a colleague.

The TUC suggested it was a good idea not to ask for a pay rise at the office party and to hold back from posting any embarrassing pictures on social media.

Traditions must stay

ENGLAND: Playing parlour games, singing carols, and getting dressed in your best for Christmas lunch are British festive traditions that need to be saved for future generations, a study has found.

More than three-quarters (78%) of people look forward to Christmas time each year, and three-fifths (60%) think festive traditions are important to the celebrations.

Grenade panic

USA: District of Columbia police temporarily evacuated a police station and a few nearby businesses after someone took a hand grenade to the station for disposal.

Officers did not elaborate on why or how the person had the grenade in the first place but told WRC-TV that the grenade was taken to the station on Sunday to be disposed of. Among the buildings evacuated around the Fourth District police station in north-west Washington were a Wal-Mart and a McDonald’s.

Long wait for a fall

ENGLAND: Storm Desmond briefly created a new record-breaking waterfall as it sent torrents cascading over a famous landmark for the first time in centuries.

Malham Cove, a limestone formation in the Yorkshire Dales, is usually dry as water flows through cracks and gullies to its foot well before the cliff edge and a drop of around 80m.

Alan Hulme, Yorkshire Dales National Park’s head of ranger services, said the water systems were so full from the rain that it flowed along what has been known as Dry Valley and over the top of the cove. Most of the village turned out to see the “amazing” spectacle, Mr Hulme said.

Christmas Storey

USA: A New Jersey councilwoman who quit after colleagues voted to add the word ‘Christmas’ to the name of the town’s tree-lighting ceremony has rescinded her resignation.

Minutes after the Roselle Park council approved the change last Thursday night, Charlene Storey walked out of the meeting.

She submitted a resignation letter, saying the borough’s decision to change the ceremony’s name from a “tree lighting” to a “Christmas tree lighting” favorus one religion and “cuts non-Christians out of the loop”.

Storey was raised Catholic but describes herself as a non-believer.

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