QUIRKY WORLD ... Man has a hairy moment with unwanted Brazilian

Britain: A man who opened a parcel addressed to his new home was horrified to discover a large and potentially aggressive tarantula inside.

The householder received the Brazilian Salmon Pink Birdeater — the third largest spider in the world— in a Return To Sender package intended for the previous owner of his property in Bristol.

Dates on the parcel showed it had been unopened for about three weeks and the tissue bedding in the tarantula’s container had gone mouldy.

The man took the spider, which can grow to have a leg span of 28cm, to Highcroft Veterinary Group in Whitchurch, Bristol, where it was found to be “very unwell”. Vets hope it will find a new home.

Chicken run

USA:

A small brown chicken and a goose on the loose fouled up morning rush-hour traffic along busy roads in California.

Authorities said the lone chicken was reported running in the lanes of a toll plaza on the Bay Bridge from Oakland to San Francisco. Officers tried to find the bird but never did.

In San Jose, motorists going northbound on Highway 101 reported a goose on the loose.

Serving up an ace

Britain:

Experts have scored an ace with the discovery of what are thought to be the earliest printed pictures of a game of tennis.

The 16th century images were found by archivists at the University of Glasgow in a newly acquired French printed picture book which has been described as the Instagram of its day.

The scenes feature bearded, well-dressed gentlemen with rudimentary racquets playing on a real tennis court.

The images appear in a book by Guillaume de La Perriere called Le Theatre De Bons Engins, or the theatre of fine devices, published in Paris in 1540, and recently purchased from a private collection for the Stirling Maxwell Collection at the university library.

Toy story

USA:

An anchor for Fox News is suing Hasbro for more than $5m over a toy hamster that shares her name — and may even resemble her.

Harris Faulkner sued the Rhode Island-based toy company this week, saying it has wrongfully appropriated her name and persona with its plastic Harris Faulkner hamster in the ‘Littlest Pet Shop’ line.

Ms Faulkner’s lawsuit says that, in addition to sharing her name, the toy bears a physical resemblance.

Soothing sounds

Britain:

The noise of gentle waves breaking on a beach has topped a poll for the UK’s favourite coastal sound.

The sound of the waves at Trwyn Llanbedrog, North Wales, saw off competition from recordings of seagulls, children playing, seals calling, birds nesting, Mersey ferries in the fog and the ghost train ride at Brighton pier to scoop 35% of the votes in the online poll.

More than 1,600 people voted for one of 10 coastal sounds from around the country, conducted as part of the “sounds of our shores” project by the National Trust, British Library and National Trust for Scotland.

Get shorty

USA:

North America’s tallest mountain just got a shorter name. Now it has a shorter elevation.

Denali, the Alaska mountain formerly known as Mount McKinley, now measures 20,310ft at its highest point in a new official elevation, the US Geological Survey announced. That’s 10ft less than the old measurement of 20,320ft.

The change comes just days after the Obama administration announced its decision to bestow the mountain’s traditional Alaska Native name on the eve of president’s visit to Alaska.


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