A daily look at some of the world's stranger stories.
ENGLAND: Tesco has won the title of the season’s best Easter egg for the second year running – although it will set consumers back £25.
The Tesco Finest Medley of Flavoured Chocolate Easter Eggs scored 88 out of 100 in the annual Good Housekeeping magazine Easter Egg of the Year award.
Judges were “wowed” by the “beautifully presented” mix of white, milk and dark chocolate, and pieces of butterscotch, raspberry, hazelnut and coconut – and the 2.2lb (1kg) egg was also awarded the title of best for sharing.
ENGLAND: Eight seal pups orphaned when a storm surge hit the east coast of England have been released back into the wild.
Thousands of young seals were washed away when high tides swept the Norfolk coast on December 5. The surge caused widespread disruption as it eroded cliffs and washed homes into the sea, and threatened to have a devastating effect on wildlife.
The RSPCA Wildlife Centre at East Winch, Norfolk, took in more than 100 seals and has nursed them back to health.
WOMEN OFFERED CASH TO REMAIN VIRGINS
SOUTH AFRICA: A South African man is offering women aged up to 35 a reward of 100,000 rand (€6,800) and medals if they are still virgins, in an apparent bid to combat HIV and teenage pregnancy.
Rabelani Ramali, a community worker from rural Limpopo province, told The Times newspaper he will give “successful” virgins prize money of up to 100,000 rand and gold, silver and bronze medals, according their age.
The initiative has received a mixed reaction.
“Those in the lower age groups will aspire to keep their virginity to claim a bigger prize once they reach that older age bracket,” Ramali was quoted as saying.
The man — who has fathered five children by four women — calls himself the founder of “South African Virgin Girls Awards.”
He has enlisted a local doctor to verify the contestants’ virginity status.
“When he approached me about his mission, I thought it was a good, interesting idea to tackle the scourge of HIV and AIDS,” doctor Mbonise Tharage said.
“His intentions are noble but it is a huge task.”
South Africa has one of the highest rates of HIV, with about 6.4 million people living with the virus.
USA: A shop assistant’s mistake has paid off in a big way for a New York man.
Jerry Kajfasz, 53, of Lancaster, won a $10m (€7.3m) jackpot with a scratchcard he bought last month at a store in Buffalo. He bought seven tickets but the assistant nearly handed him an eighth one costing $20. Kajfasz spotted the mistake and handed it back.
After winning $25 from the tickets, he used the cash to buy the same $20 ticket the assistant had almost given him by mistake. That ticket ended up being a winner with a guaranteed minimum jackpot of $10m.
ENGLAND: The bustling seaside resort of Blackpool has been named Britain’s luckiest town after a study of national bingo wins.
The National Bingo Game Association said residents of the Lancashire town won the national bingo game 22 times last year at Mecca Bingo, winning cash prizes totalling £156,000 (€190,000).
Close behind was Stockton on Tees, then Newport in South Wales, Glasgow and Wrexham in North Wales.
USA: An act of charity may end badly for one donor to a US Salvation Army outlet.
Police in Sugarcreek Borough, Pennsylvania, said they were called when workers found a large plastic bag of marijuana among some donated clothes.
Police Chief Matt Carlson said it was not the first time officers have investigated an unusual item among donated clothing, adding: “We’ve had guns, cash, rings, and now marijuana.”
USA: Curators in Denver are making good on their promise to give up some art, at least for a while, after losing a Super Bowl bet with their counterparts in Seattle.
The Denver Art Museum is sending a Frederic Remington bronze of a cowboy on a bucking bronco to the Seattle Art Museum for three months.
The Seattle Seahawks beat the Denver Broncos 43-8 in the American football match.
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