QUIRKY WORLD ... ‘Laughing Chewbacca’ feels like she deserves a medal

USA: A Texas woman who donned a Chewbacca mask she bought for a Facebook video says she “feels like she deserves a gold medal” after the post received more than 135m views.

Candace Payne told ABC’s Good Morning America that the mask that emits the Star Wars character’s distinctive roar “was just calling from the bag” before she made the video in her car on Thursday. The video posted on Ms Payne’s Facebook page on Thursday shows the mother of two laughing wildly as she wears the mask.

As for why she thinks the video has become so popular, Ms Payne said: “The world, as a whole, is in need of a good laugh.”

Safeguarding portrait

ENGLAND: A version of one of the most famous portraits of Queen Elizabeth I will be owned by the public for the first time if a £10m campaign is successful.

The oil painting, one of three surviving renditions, depicts the failed invasion of England by the Spanish Armada in 1588.

A total of £10m needs to be raised in order to safeguard the future of the life-sized painting, which is considered to be a masterpiece though the artist’s identity is not clear.

Running resolution

USA: A man who made a resolution on January 1, 1989, to run every day is still going strong — 27 years later.

Saugus resident Lenworth Williamson recently ran for the 10,000th consecutive day.

The 57-year-old engineering manager told The Daily Item of Lynn, Massachusetts, that he remembers reading at the time that if you can do something for 21 days, it becomes a habit. He said 1989 was a mild winter, which helped him as he is a strictly outdoor runner.

Williamson sticks to the streets, regardless of the weather, and puts in at least 5km a day. At least once a week, he puts in a 9km-13km run.

He says as long as his legs work, he will continue running.

Finding his feet

ENGLAND: A baby giraffe is being hand-reared by zoo keepers after his mother rejected him.

The male Rothschild’s calf was born last week at Paignton Zoo in Devon and is being bottle-fed by keepers — drinking between four and six litres of milk a day.

Senior keeper Craig Gilchrist said: “As soon as possible he will be reintroduced to the herd so he doesn’t forget he is a giraffe.”


SPAIN: A Spanish priest has given up hope that local authorities will fix the potholes on the roads in his parish and is asking for divine intervention.

Luis Roldan Patino celebrated Mass in his parish of Xestoso by splashing holy water on a particularly hole-filled road. Each pothole is now marked with a wooden cross at the roadside so drivers can slow down before hitting them, he said.

The said that, “just like we can pray to the Lord for rain”, he is pleading for divine intervention to fix the road because “it’s going to be the only way to do that”.

Suit yourself

USA: A student barred from attending the prom at her Catholic high school because she wore a suit rather than a dress has had her prom night at a different school.

Aniya Wolf, a student at Bishop McDevitt High School in Harrisburg, attended William Penn High School’s prom on Saturday. She said she learned at the last moment that girls were required to wear dresses to Bishop McDevitt’s prom. She went anyway but was thrown out. The school said the dress code was sent out three months earlier.

William Penn principal Brandon Carter said he invited Aniya because “we do embrace all”. Aniya has worn a shirt and trousers for all three years that she has attended her school.


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