Quirky World: Rein-beer help spread a little Christmas cheer

Some of the stranger stories from around the world


Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer has taken a new twist this year, becoming the red-nosed draydeer.

Two reindeer — named Cupid and Comet — have been delivering beer by sleigh to pubs in Wiltshire in time for Christmas.

The unusual transport method has been adopted by the Holt-based Box Steam Brewery, which is aiming to add a little festive magic to its daily rounds and reduce its carbon hoofprint into the bargain.

Panda robbery


Detectives investigating an armed raid carried out by robbers dressed in panda onesies have arrested two suspects.

Lincolnshire Police said a 17-year-old youth and a man aged 21 were detained on Tuesday on suspicion of robbery, burglary and theft from a shop.

The pair have since been given police bail pending further inquiries into a robbery at a shop in Eastgate, Louth.

Rare turtle rescued


A rare sea turtle has been rescued after it was washed up on a beach in Wales.

The Kemp’s ridley is the world’s rarest marine turtle species and is officially classified as critically endangered in the wild.

The juvenile turtle, which measures almost 12in (30cm) in length, was found on Aberystwyth’s North Beach last Saturday, with RSPCA officials saying it was very lethargic and suspected to have septicaemia.

Pick-up rampage


A man who was filmed crashing his pick-up truck into the front desk of an Oklahoma hotel and nearly hitting two women is facing charges.

The incident happened at the Alva Comfort Inn and Suites after a dispute over a bill. Police said John Parsley, 62, of Gonzales, Texas, wanted a refund on two transactions. Officer Wade Suffon offered to talk to a manager, but Parsley drove off and crashed into the hotel. The video shows the truck reversing and slamming into the lobby again.

Parsley faces two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and one count of malicious injury to property.

Young thief


A 12-year-old boy has been charged with stealing a car from an 89-year-old man in Florida.

The boy was riding a bicycle on Friday morning when he told the man a tyre on his Toyota was low. When the man stopped to check his tyre, the boy jumped into the car and drove away. The man was not injured.

Police looked at surveillance video and a detective recognised the boy, who has been arrested more than 20 times. He was arrested and charged with theft.

No Nazi train


Polish geology experts who analysed a site allegedly hiding a Second World War Nazi train said they have found no evidence of its existence.

Experts from a mining academy in Krakow examined the site in south-western Poland in November using magnetic and gravitation methods. The head of the team, Janusz Madej, said that “according to our examination, there might be a tunnel there but there is no train there”.

Earlier this year, two explorers told authorities in Walbrzych that they had located an armoured Nazi train hidden in a secret tunnel in the city.

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