QUIRKY WORLD ... 80,000 bottle of stolen beer bound for the bin

USA: Authorities have found most of the nearly 80,000 bottles of beer that were stolen from an Atlanta brewery last week, but the company says every last drop will have to be thrown away.

SweetWater Brewing Co. spokeswoman Tucker Berta Sarkisian said the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and Southeastern Transportation Security Council returned 30 of the 40 pallets of beer that had been stolen, minus a few cases.

The other 10 pallets had already been recovered. It’s unclear where the stolen beer was found and no arrests have been made.

Sarkisian says two trailers carrying 3,272 cases of SweetWater’s Summer Variety Pack were stolen on June 21. The trailers were later found empty.

Because of quality concerns, Sarkisian says the beer, worth about $90,000 (€81,000), will be taken to a recycling facility.

Literary tarantula

COLOMBIA: A new species of tarantula with stinging hairs has been named after Nobel Prize-winning Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

The 10cm-long spider, Kankuamo marquezi, was found in Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, a mountainous region on the Caribbean coast of Colombia.

Other tarantulas in its subfamily flick barbed “urticating” hairs at their enemies, which can cause fatal injuries to small mammals. K. marquezi is different in that its stinging hairs are not thrown but cause irritation when they are touched.

Who killed the hobbits?

INDONESIA: It may not yet be enough to convince a jury, but mounting evidence suggests ancestors of modern humans wiped out the world’s only known population of hobbits.

A race of 3.5ft tall humans — known as “hobbits” — were using stone tools on the Indonesian island of Flores 50,000 years ago but then mysteriously vanished.

Scientists now believe modern Homo sapiens humans were using fire in the hobbits’ cave at least 41,000 years ago.

The discovery of hearths in the Liang Bua cave indicates that hobbits and modern humans both occupied the site within 11,000 years of each other.

Saved by spoon in Somme

ENGLAND: A soldier shot during the Battle of the Somme survived as the bullet hit a spoon and bible he kept in his jacket pocket.

Henry Cooper, from Manchester, was 20 when he was hit in the chest during the battle in 1916. The bullet was deflected by a silver spoon and bible he kept in his left jacket pocket before it pierced his skin.

Cooper returned to the UK and spent months in hospital in Southampton recovering from the gunshot wound.

Fishy trailer

USA: The owner of a California cinema has apologised after a trailer for an adult-themed movie starring Seth Rogen was shown ahead of a screening of Disney’s Finding Dory.

The East Bay Times reports moviegoers eager to see the PG-rated Dory at a cinema in the Bay Area city of Concord were surprised earlier this month with a preview of Rogen’s Sausage Party, an animated film with dark themes about what happens to food after it’s taken home from the supermarket.

The cinema’s vice-president, Walter Eichinger, said it was a one-time mishap due to the cinema “moving screens around in effort to accommodate several large last-minute groups wanting to see Dory”.

He says the wrong movie was started by mistake and insists it won’t happen again.

Stuffed scares

USA: A realistic-looking stuffed toy alligator that was spotted along the banks of a Connecticut river gave many residents a scare.

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection responded to the Connecticut River in Suffield after receiving reports of an alligator in the area.

DEEP officials located the so-called alligator and discovered it was actually a 1.5m-long stuffed toy.

Officials don’t know where it came from or why it was there. It has since been removed.

Feline feels for faucet

USA: A cat came with a flood warning when it was adopted from an animal shelter.

Officials at Florida Humane Society said one of its cats turned on a faucet last week, leaving the water to run for 17 hours.

President Carol Ebert says the flooding caused water to run out the shelter’s back door. No animals were injured, but the shelter is seeking donations to repair floors, cabinets, and other damage estimated around $5,000 (€4,500).

Volunteer Terry Arbour says the shelter suspects a 6-month-old kitten known to play in the sinks.

The cat’s name was not released.


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