QUIRKY WORLD ... Get it while it’s hot: Cop turns pizza deliveryman

US: When a Detroit pizza delivery driver was injured in a car crash a suburban police officer took the food to its destination.

QUIRKY WORLD ... Get it while it’s hot: Cop turns pizza deliveryman

Lincoln Park police corporal, Joe Sparks, said the Jet’s Pizza driver had to go to hospital, due to bruises and a sore head. Mr Sparks spotted an oven bag in the wrecked car, before it was towed away. The address was with the bag. The 16-year veteran of the force said he “just figured it was the right thing to do”, knowing that “someone on the other end was waiting for their food”.

Dictators don’t rule

US: A Pennsylvania school district has apologised, after quotes from Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, and an Islamic State leader were printed in the graduating-class section of this year’s high school yearbook.

“Though the content of the quotes was reviewed thoroughly, the attributions clearly were not,” Quaker Valley School District officials said. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review first reported the situation.

The Hitler quote is “Words build bridges into unexplored regions.”

Stalin’s statement is more menacing: “Ideas are more powerful than guns. We would not let our enemies have guns, so why would we let them have ideas?”

The third quote is from Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi: “Be just: the unjust never prosper. Be valiant. Keep your word, even to your enemies.”

Students can get a refund on the books, or stickers to cover up the quotes.

The yearbooks cost at least $69, but can go for more than $100, if students have their names engraved, district spokeswoman, Angela Yingling, said.

Slow app day

Norway: A consumers’ group took inspiration from ‘slow television’ to produce a marathon webcast of people reading the fine print of terms and conditions of downloadable apps.

Finn Myrstad, from the Norwegian Consumer Council, says the idea was to point out the “absurdity”, and even illegality, of some of the conditions.

The team read the small print of 20 apps over six months, and discovered that many of them broke the law.

“We got the idea from slow TV, and we wanted to expose the absurdity of the terms and conditions of when you download an app,” he told the AP. “You usually don’t read them, because either they’re too long or complicated, and many of them breach consumer law and data protection laws.”

Norway has popularised “slow television,” putting five hours of knitting, a fire burning itself out, and minute-by-minute salmon fishing live on TV.

Not so high

England: Police apologised after wrongly seizing legal highs not covered by new drug laws.

Officers from Sussex Police seized dozens of “poppers”, and posted a picture of the haul on the Crawley Police Twitter account.

But hours later, police returned the poppers — a chemical that gives a short high — after Twitter users pointed out their error.

Risky behaviour

Britain: Half of Britons drink more alcohol when abroad, and a third act recklessly as a result.

Carried out by law firm, Slater and Gordon, the study questioned 2,000 Britons about their overseas behaviour and the risks they take: 31% admitted to speeding, 22% to being drunk and disorderly, 12% to taking drugs, and 12% to having sex in a public place.

Drunk driving made up 8% of reckless behaviour, while 19% said they would be more likely to drink heavily, or act recklessly, at a sporting event, like the upcoming Euros, in France.

One in 10 said they had got into a fight as a result of excessive drinking, and four in 10 said they had carried out activities abroad that they never would have considered doing in the UK.

These included 19% having walked around alone in unknown areas, 13% having ridden a moped or quad bike, and 13% having done extreme sports.

Almost two in 10 said they had taken risks to such an extreme level that they genuinely feared for their life while on holiday.

And despite the high level of injuries and illness abroad, four in 10 said they don’t bother to take out travel insurance, if their trip is just a day or so long.

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