Quirky World: Birthday-suit burglar caught by seat of pants


USA: Police trying to arrest a man in Oregon found him in nothing but underwear, and then he ended up in his birthday suit before he was arrested in some pants he apparently found while being chased.

Salem police say the man fled out the back door of a house in his undies when they found him last Tuesday.

Officers following him through yards and bushes soon realised he was no longer wearing anything at all.

When officers finally caught up with him, he had pants on.

Lt Dave Okada told the Salem Statesman Journal the suspect apparently lost the underwear scrambling over a fence and then grabbed the pants somewhere.

Police say 49-year-old James E Bufford was wanted on a warrant alleging failure to register as a sex offender. He now also faces burglary, theft, escape, and other charges.


ENGLAND: A tour company exhibiting for the first time at next week’s World Travel Market in London faces a tough task.

Not only is the company trying to promote trips to North Korea, it is doing so at a time when the hard-line Communist-run country has just banned all visitors due to the ebola scare.

Nevertheless, Shanghai-based operator Experience North Korea was optimistic in advance of the four-day travel trade show, which opens at ExCeL exhibition centre. The company’s owner, Nathalie Armengol, said visits were “not only possible but safe”.

She said: “We want to change people’s minds about North Korea.”


USA: A new hall of fame dedicated to well-groomed upper lips is to be launched — on the birthday of moustachioed actor Burt Reynolds.

The American Moustache Institute says it will unveil its inaugural class for the International Moustache Hall of Fame on February 11.

The hall of fame will initially be online only, but the AMI says it is searching for a physical location. Nominations for the inaugural class are being accepted until November 30 at mustachehall.com.


ENGLAND: Discount store Lidl has done as well as posh nosh specialist Waitrose in a mass blind-tasting of indulgent Christmas foods.

BBC Good Food compared more than 240 festive treats from 11 supermarkets and both Lidl and Waitrose won three categories. Marks & Spencer and Sainsbury’s topped the list with four each.

Judges were impressed by Lidl’s £2.65 Best Smoked Salmon, the “stand-out favourite” £7.99 Christmas Pudding, and its £3.99 panettone which “tears apart beautifully”.


USA: A well-preserved human forearm purportedly found shortly after the 1862 Battle of Antietam during the US Civil War grabbed the Halloween spotlight at a museum.

The naturally mummified relic, which is on display at the National Museum of Civil War History in Maryland, is the centrepiece of its “Behind the Screams” Halloween tour.

Smithsonian Institution anthropologists could not identify the arm’s owner or determine its authenticity as a battlefield relic. But they said it belonged to a white male aged about 16. It was previously displayed for decades at a roadside museum in Sharpsburg as The Arm of the Unknown Soldier.


USA: A US man who went missing during a game of American football told police he walked out because he had had “his fill of football”.

Paul Kitterman left his seat at half time during Denver Broncos’ NFL win over San Diego Chargers at Sports Authority Field. His stepson reported him missing.

The 53-year-old was found two days later in Pueblo, a town 210km away in southern Colorado, and told police he had hitchhiked there.


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