QUIRKY WORLD ... Boba Fett the star attraction at ‘Star Wars’ auction as rare toy goes for bounty of over €30k

ENGLAND: A rare Star Wars toy has sold for £26,040 (€30,950) as part of a large private collection that has gone under the hammer.

The Boba Fett figure, from the late 1970s, is still sealed in its original box and is one of around 700 items the seller has put on sale.

The entire lot, which was amassed over 40 years from around the world, is expected to bring in around £500,000.

Hot dog

ENGLAND:

Vets have issued a heatstroke warning after saving a dog which collapsed during a walk.

The People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals fears more pets could be in danger as families enjoy the soaring temperatures.

Last month, four-year-old American bulldog Bud, from Liverpool, almost died after collapsing with heatstroke. Bud had been out with his owner Emma Charlton, 22, from Wavertree, for just 10 minutes when he started struggling to breathe, and collapsed. He was treated at Huyton Pet Hospital in the city, and made a full recovery.

Go in the sea

ENGLAND:

A group of Pokemon Go players stole a boat in the middle of the night to chase one of the fictional creatures across a lake, according to the coastguard.

Around 20 youngsters apparently took the rowing vessel out onto New Brighton marine lake, Merseyside, in the early hours of Tuesday.

The Wirral Coastguard Rescue Team issued a warning after the group fled the scene, abandoning the boat to drift into the middle of the marina. Danny Jameson, senior coastal operations officer, urged people to “use a little common sense and not to take risks while looking for Pokemon”.

Heat is snow joke

UAE:

Visitors to Dubai have a new way to keep cool during the scorching Middle East summer — the company behind the city’s indoor ski slope plans to let guests stay overnight in tents on the man-made snow.

For 750 dirhams (€184) per person, campers will get after-hours access to the slopes and refreshments, including hot chocolate before bedding down in tents and sleeping bags to keep out the artificial chill.

The man-made Ski Dubai attraction opened in 2005 in the Mall of the Emirates shopping complex.

Baby apparently on board

USA:

An Oklahoma bailiff got more than he bargained for when he repossessed a car with a baby strapped into the back seat.

The repo man spotted the car parked at an oil change business. He towed the vehicle to a shop where he realised the baby was inside. The driver called 911.

Police said surveillance video shows the mother had only been out of the car for a few minutes when the driver took possession of the vehicle. Officers returned the baby and the car to the mother. Police are considering whether charges are appropriate.

Hair-raising exhibition

USA:

Donald Trump’s gravity-defying hair has generated plenty of attention, but have you seen George Washington’s?

Philadelphia’s Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University has put on display the hair of some early US presidents, including Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, John Quincy Adams, and Andrew Jackson.

A Philadelphia lawyer collected the specimens, which were given to the museum after his death in 1860. Academy historian Robert Peck said it may seem like an odd hobby today. But he says it was once common for people to keep hair clippings from loved ones in “lockets, brooches, rings, and pins”.

Having a cow, man

USA:

University of New Hampshire dairy researchers are more relaxed these days about monitoring pregnant cows: A sensor attached to their tails sends text alerts to help detect when they’re in labour.

Moocall measures tail movement patterns triggered by labour contractions. On average, it alerts dairy managers by mobile phone and email about an hour before a cow gives birth.

Moocall was developed in Ireland and released commercially last year. The company says the University of Kentucky also uses the technology.

Doctoral student Kayla Aragona says with about 70 calves born every year at the farm, it’s a help.

But it’s not foolproof. One unhappy cow rubbed her tail up against everything and banged the sensor on the wall to try to get it to fall off, leading to false alarms.


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