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USA: Wearing baggy trousers could get expensive in tiny Timmonsville, South Carolina.

A new town ordinance outlaws wearing trousers or shorts that intentionally display a person’s underwear. After initial warnings, third and subsequent offences carry a fine ranging from $100 to $600 (€90 to €543).

Town administrator Mary Bines said the ordinance, which also bans nudity, passed the council by five votes to one. The town about 100km east of Columbia says the law aims to maintain decorum on its streets and help young people make better choices.

Trials of the heart

ENGLAND:

Married couples have been blessed with a flitch of bacon after going on trial to prove their undying love for each other.

Ralph and Helen White, who have been married for 36 years, were among those who won the prize after convincing a jury of “six maidens and six bachelors”’ that they “had not wished themselves unmarried for a year and a day”.

They were taking part in the Dunmow Flitch trials in Great Dunmow, Essex — a tradition that goes back to the early 12th century, where successful couples take an oath and are presented with a flitch of bacon.

Endgame

USA:

Authorities in central Wyoming are investigating after a woman playing the popular smartphone game Pokemon Go found a man’s body in a river.

Shayla Wiggens told the Riverton Ranger newspaper that she spotted the body in the Wind River near the city of Riverton while playing the new game. It sends players to real-world locations to capture virtual creatures.

Fremont County Undersheriff Ryan Lee says the death appears to be accidental and possibly a drowning. He says evidence indicates the man went into the water where he was found.

It comes as police in Missouri say four teens used Pokemon Go to lure victims to a location and rob them.

Breaking the bank

ENGLAND:

Parents find the summer holidays more expensive than Christmas for keeping their children fed and entertained, according to research.

A survey among parents of children aged between three and 13 years old found that, on average, parents expect to spend £1,445 (€1,700) per child on activities over the summer holidays — which is around £408 (€408) more per child than they would spend during the Christmas break.

Those taking part in the survey were asked to estimate how much they plan to spend on activities such as trips to the cinema, going on play dates with friends, meals out, food shopping and summer clubs.

No team spirit

GERMANY:

A nationalist politician in Germany has been condemned for appearing to suggest the national football team is not German enough.

Beatrix von Storch tweeted that “perhaps next time the German NATIONAL TEAM should play again?” after Germany lost the Euro 2016 semi-final to France. Her choice of the German word “Nationalmannschaft” — instead of the term “Die Mannschaft”, now commonly used for the squad — was seen as criticism of immigrant players.

Berlin’s state interior minister Frank Henkel accused her of “wallowing in racist prejudices”.

Ms von Storch later deleted the tweet but defended it against what she called “political correctness”.

Animal antics

USA:

Visitors to Los Angeles Zoo may have been greeted by some misinformation recently, courtesy of a comedian who says he posted fake facts about animals around the zoo.

Jeff Wysaski puts up fake signs in public places as part of his Obvious Plant project. He has posted photos on his Tumblr blog and social media of signs with absurd “facts” about animals he says he put up around the attraction.

One reads: “If you give a tiny trombone to 76 ducklings, they will lead the most adorable parade you’ve ever seen.”

Another says: “America’s first president, George Washington, was actually 9 koalas stacked on top of each other.”

Growing room

INDIA:

Hundreds of thousands of people in India’s most populous state jostled for space as they attempted to plant 50m trees over 24 hours in hopes of shattering the world record.

Officials in Uttar Pradesh distributed millions of saplings to be planted across the state to help India’s efforts to increase its forest cover, and to get into Guinness World Records for the most trees planted in a day. The current record is 847,275, set in Pakistan in 2013.

More than 800,000 people, including students, lawmakers, government officials, housewives and volunteers from nonprofit organizations, headed out Monday to plant the saplings at designated spots along country roads and highways, rail tracks and forest lands.

Uttar Pradesh’s top elected official, chief minister Akhilesh Yadav, said that planting 50m trees would spread awareness and enthusiasm about afforestation and environmental conservation.


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