QUIRKY WORLD ... Man beat friend who refused to eat late-night noodles meal

USA: Police say a central Pennsylvania man beat his friend for refusing to eat ramen noodles.

Brecknock Township police say 23-year-old Brian Douglas Hunter had cooked the noodles about 11:30pm on Thursday and became angry when his 20-year-old friend refused to eat them.

Hunter punched the other man in the right eye 10 to 15 times. The victim had bruises, swelling, and a one-inch cut under his eye.

Towering moment

FRANCE: The Eiffel Tower is a must-see for visitors to Paris, but for one British family, this week, it also became their home for a night.

Michelle Stevenson won an overnight stay at the famed landmark, in a contest organised by vacation rental website, HomeAway. Participants had been asked: “What would you do if the HomeAway Eiffel Tower apartment was all yours for a night?”

The mother of two autistic sons was among four winners treated to a night in the ephemeral luxury apartment, on the structure’s first floor, with sweeping views of the French capital and a tour through passages closed to the public.

“It was for them, really, because they’re fascinated by the Eiffel Tower, the structure and the lights,” Stevenson said, referring to her sons. “Being autistic, I think the lights is just the big wow factor for them... It’s just something that they’ll never do again.”

Animal instinct

AUSTRALIA: Today’s Australian election is too close to call for many, but Davey the quokka has predicted that prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull’s Liberal party-led coalition will beat Bill Shorten’s Labour opposition.

The small, four-year-old, native Australian marsupial made the prediction at Wild Life Sydney Zoo, after being left to choose between two jars of his favourite eucalyptus leaves, one labelled Turnbull and the other Shorten.

Davey, the size of a domestic cat, initially moved towards Shorten’s jar, before changing his mind and eating the leaves in prime minister Turnbull’s pot.

Australia is set for a cliffhanger election, with Turnbull warning of economic chaos if his gamble on an early poll backfires and leaves him without the outright majority he needs to enact major reforms.

No horse sense

USA: New York City police have arrested an 80-year-old man who gained national fame by riding his horse around the country and saying he was a cowboy who wanted to help hungry children.

Police say Tod ‘Doc’ Mishler was taken into custody on Thursday, three days after riding his horse across the Outerbridge Crossing, which links New Jersey with Staten Island. A police spokeswoman said charges were pending.

Animal advocates say Mishler has abused the horses who took him on what he calls his God-sent mission.

They say he did not feed them properly, exhausted them, and gave them painful saddle sores. The two horses he brought to New York were seized for examinations.

Cereal efforts

USA: Kellogg’s is opening a cafe in New York, in a bid to reinvent cereal’s soggy image.

The company, based in Battle Creek, Michigan, said bowls will cost $6.50 to $7.50 and will combine cereals like Special K and Frosted Flakes with ingredients like pistachios and lemon zest.

Kellogg’s have suffered declining cereal sales in the US, with people reaching for a growing array of breakfast options.

To boost sales, it is also trying to market cereal as a night-time treat and on-the-go snack. The cereal cafe will open on July 4.


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