QUIRKY WORLD ... Little howler: Couple call their newborn Wolf

SPAIN: A couple who started an online petition to be allowed to call their newborn son the Spanish word for Wolf will now be permitted to do so.

Nako and Maria Javierre launched the campaign after a registry office in Madrid last month refused to accept the name, arguing it could be “offensive” for their son.

They were later told Lobo (wolf) was a surname in Spanish and could cause confusion.

But national registry office chief Javier Gomez Galligo said the case has been reviewed and the couple will be allowed to name the child Lobo.

The parents said they decided on the name because of “our love for this animal”.

The petition received some 25,000 supporters and was widely reported on around the world.

Work of art

GERMANY:

A lawyer for an elderly woman who filled in spaces on an art work depicting part of a crossword at a German museum says she contends that she was completing the piece, not damaging it.

Officials at Nuremberg’s Neues Museum filed a criminal complaint after the 90-year-old, who hasn’t been identified, last month filled in blank spaces with a ballpoint pen on avant-garde artist Arthur Koepcke’s 1965 work, Reading-work-piece. She apparently took literally the phrase “Insert Words” at the edge of the picture.

Lawyer Heinz-Harro Salloch said the woman argued she hadn’t damaged the piece “but only completed it as the artist intended”, news agency DPA reported.

She told police the picture even gained in value, he added.The museum has since removed her additions.

Loose bird

ENGLAND:

An emu seen roaming the A-roads of Suffolk has been captured, police said.

The loose bird was spotted by an off-duty officer at around 7.15am yesterday, with a flurry of further calls from members of the public describing the creature variously as an ostrich, a rhea, and an emu.

A Suffolk Police spokesman confirmed the bird had been caught by a member of the public in Glemsford near Sudbury — around 13km from the initial sighting in Whepstead.

Arthritic dinosaur

ENGLAND:

A dinosaur has been diagnosed with arthritis, 70m years after its death.

Scientists believed the hadrosaur, a plant-eating duck-billed dinosaur, must have endured considerable suffering before dying. X-ray analysis of its fossilised elbow joint revealed evidence of septic arthritis, a particularly nasty form of the disease caused by infection and known to afflict modern birds, crocodiles, and humans.

The team led by British researcher Jennifer Anne, from the University of Manchester, wrote in the journal Royal Society Open Science: “To the best of our knowledge, this is the first recorded account of septic arthritis in dinosaurs.”

Keeping up

ENGLAND:

Parents who cave in to pressure from their children to buy them the latest “must-have” item adds nearly £900 (€1,073) to their annual household spending typically.

Research from Sainsbury’s Bank looked at how parents feel under pressure to buy their children expensive items, invest in hobbies or throw big parties so they can have the same as their friends and acquaintances.

Technology such as phones and tablets is the main driver of pressure with 44% of parents feeling under pressure to buy their children the latest gadgets, the research among more than 2,000 people found.

99s and 999

USA:

Boston Police Department has unveiled an $89,000 (€79,662) ice cream truck as the newest addition to its patrol fleet.

The truck, adorned with balloons and Boston police logos, was introduced at police headquarters in the city’s Roxbury neighbourhood. It will be used as part of Operation Hoodsie Cup, a community policing initiative that has distributed roughly 120,000 free ice creams since 2010.

Commissioner William Evans said he would have called you crazy if you told him 30 years ago that the BPD would have an ice cream truck as part of its fleet, but the goodwill it generates is “undeniable”. Local dairy company HP Hood has donated all of the ice cream for distribution.

No weapons

GERMANY:

Rubber swords and plastic guns are out at the world’s largest gaming fair, with visitors being told to leave their weapons at home this year.

Organisers of the annual gamescom event in Germany said “replica weapons and weapon-like items” on costumes will be banned due to a recent series of attacks that have shaken the country.

The gamescom fair takes place from August 17 to 21 in Cologne.


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