QUIRKY WORLD ... Perfect timing for identical twins to celebrate births

USA: Identical twin sisters have given birth on the same day, at the same time, in their respective time zones. 
QUIRKY WORLD ... Perfect timing for identical twins to celebrate births

Sarah Mariuz and Leah Rodgers delivered their babies at 1.18am last Thursday. Rodgers’ son, Reid Joseph, was born first, on Mountain time in Denver. An hour later, Mariuz delivered her daughter, Samantha Lynne, on Pacific time in La Jolla, California.

The 35-year-old sisters hadn’t planned to be pregnant at the same time but ended up with due dates just four days apart.

The sisters and their babies are both doing well.

Peppa topples Disney


The home of Peppa Pig World in Hampshire has beaten Walt Disney Studios Park in Paris in a ranking of Europe’s best amusement parks.

Paultons Park, which features a section dedicated to the pre-school television character, was number six on the TripAdvisor list.

Blackpool Pleasure Beach was the only other UK entry in the top 10, at number nine. The positions were based on the quantity and quality of reviews for amusement parks over 12 months.

Robbery tit-for-tat


Tirana International Airport and the Albanian interior ministry have entered a tit-for-tat fight, blaming each other for a robbery at the airport.

Last week three masked gunmen robbed an armoured car loading €1m belonging to a private bank on to a plane. The robbers illegally entered the take-off area by breaking through the fence surrounding the airport.

Airport spokeswoman Arlinda Causholli said, according to the law, the maintenance of public order and security in the territory the car crossed outside the airport fence is the sole responsibility of state police forces. Saimir Tahiri, the interior minister, said “police take care only of the passengers at the terminal”, warning that TIA’s contract to operate the airport should be reviewed.

Mittens the mascot


A cat has been adopted as the official mascot of a police force after a five-year-old girl wrote to the chief constable asking why they only used dogs.

Mittens, who belongs to Eliza Adamson-Hopper, will now be used as part of Durham Constabulary’s Mini Police initiative after the youngster’s letter hit the headlines.

Eliza received a reply from chief constable Mike Barton, thanking her for the suggestion and saying he would pass the idea on to an inspector. He also included a drawing of his own cat, Joey, on the back of his letter.

Burglars returns to scene


Someone stole a car from a South Carolina home but later returned it, police said.

The burglar broke into the house in Conway last Wednesday and stole a set of keys for the car, then came back late on Thursday or early on Friday and took the vehicle.

Police are not sure how long the burglar kept the car, but it was returned to the home over the weekend. A surveillance camera captured a picture of the suspect taking the car. No arrests have been made.

Flat-packed flowers


An online florist has been criticised by the advertising regulator after sending a bouquet which arrived flat-packed for the recipient to assemble.

The eFlorist.co.uk homepage featured an image of its ‘Parasol’ bouquet showing lilies, carnations, roses, and gerberas in a glass vase, with the promise that “our expert florist will personally create your bouquet using the finest and freshest pink, lavender, and mauve stems”.

An advisory down the page said the image was “for illustration purposes only, and may vary”, while smaller text said arrangements did not include a vase, flower basket, or container unless otherwise stated.

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