QUIRKY WORLD ... Kinky Arkansas couple end up in real pair of handcuffs

USA: An Arkansas couple’s evening of “kinky” entertainment ended with one pair of handcuffs used for fun being replaced by another used for real in an arrest.

Dustin Taylor, 21, summoned police this week to his home in Fort Smith to remove a pair of handcuffs he told officers he and his wife had been using the previous night while “doing some ‘kinky’ things,” the official report stated.

The couple had lost the key, Taylor explained.

The patrolman removed the handcuffs and did a routine search of Taylor’s name in a police database.

When the computer reported an outstanding warrant for Taylor on criminal mischief, handcuffs went back on. But this time they belonged to the officer.

Sergeant Daniel Grubbs, spokesman for the Fort Smith police, expressed a measure of sympathy for Taylor. “I sort of wish the guy had invested in an extra handcuff key,” Grubbs said.

Sober affair

Britain: Stephen Fry has said Bafta parties have been tamed in recent years due to “buttoned-up and puritanical” guests.

The host of the awards bash said the stars tend to be on their best behaviour and stick to just one drink.

Fry, 58, presented the glittering ceremony for the 11th time last night.

Appearing on The Jonathan Ross Show on Saturday night, he said: “It is an odd thing that... after the Baftas all the parties are pretty sober and people behave.

“People have one little drink and that’s about it really, but if you went back to 20 years ago, 25 years ago, it was a very different story and I don’t know why that is... now everybody is so buttoned-up and puritanical.”

Ross suggested that the reason for the change could be that people worry about camera phones, and Fry said: “That is a very good point, that is a lot to do with it, isn’t it?”

Stub it out

US: The city of Boston is trying to rid the streets of unsightly cigarette butts by placing special receptacles in high traffic areas that will allow smokers to vote on a simple question.

The receptacles, each with two disposal holes, will be placed in seven areas of the city and each is decorated with a question that has two possible answers. For example, one butt receptacle asks smokers: “Which superpower would you want?” Smokers can deposit their butts in an opening for “Flight” or for “Invisibility”.

The receptacles, which are costing the city about 3,000 dollars, are part of the Neat Streets programne.

Power of prayer

Russia: A Russian regional court has ruled that an orthodox church diocese can repay part of an outstanding debt in prayers rather than money.

Nizhegorodsky Regional Court said the local Russian Orthodox Church diocese can repay 258,000 rubles (€2,900) it owes for the installation of a boiler system — along with an additional 65,000 rubles (€730) in fines and legal fees — by praying for the health of the company that installed the system.

Squirrelled away

US: Charges against a woman who nursed two abandoned baby squirrels back to health have been dropped on a technicality.

Maria Vaccarella, of Howell, New Jersey, had faced up to $500 (€444) in fines after she took in a pair of baby squirrels abandoned by their mother. Ms Vaccarella used social media to document the rehab, which caught the attention of Fish and Wildlife officials, and she was charged with illegally being in possession of wildlife.

But a judge has dismissed the charges after learning that the summons she was issued did not charge her with the correct offence.

Ms Vaccarella said she had no idea what she was doing was against the law and “would definitely save a life again”.


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