QUIRKY WORLD ... Miner forced off his high horse after penis joke

KYRGYZSTAN: A British mine worker has reportedly been arrested in Kyrgyzstan after comparing its national dish to a horse’s penis on Facebook.

Scotsman Michael McFeat was held after posting a picture of Kyrgyz co-workers queuing for a “chuchuk” horsemeat sausage, with a caption comparing the spicy delicacy to a stallion’s genitalia, the AFP news agency said.

It was reported that the caption upset his co-workers to such an extent that they called a brief strike at the Kumtor goldmine where he works.

Mr McFeat has deleted the post but put an apology on his Facebook page on Saturday, saying: “I would like to take the opportunity to sincerely appologise (sic) for the comment I made on here about the kygyz people and horses penis. I truly never meant to offened (sic) anyone and im truly sorry as it was never my intension.”

Pigs on the loose

ENGLAND: Escaped pigs closed a major main road for the second time in four days.

The porcine trespassers got on to the A21 Sevenoaks Road, causing the London-bound carriageway to be closed for around four hours at lunchtime.

It came after between 30 and 40 of the kunekune pigs, a breed native to New Zealand, strayed on to the same stretch of road on December 30, the RSPCA said.

Twin dates

US: Twins in San Diego are getting some global attention because, though born just minutes apart, one has a birthday in 2015 and one in 2016.

Jaelyn Valenica was born on New Year’s Eve at 11.59pm. Her twin brother, Luis Valencia Jr, arrived at 12.01am on New Year’s Day.

The babies were due at the end of January but doctors at San Diego Kaiser Permanente Zion Medical Centre called the mother in because one was in a breech position.

The father, Luis Valencia, called it a New Year’s blessing to have two healthy children.

Rhino cake

US: The San Francisco Zoo has celebrated the 45th birthday of the oldest black rhinoceros in North America with a special cake of rolled oats and molasses.

The exact date of Elly’s birth is not known, as she was born in the wild. But she has lived at the zoo since April 1974. Zookeepers prepared a “sweet feed” of oats and molasses that read “45”, said zoo spokeswoman Nancy Hayden Crowley.

Elly has given birth to 14 calves, helping preserve a critically endangered species that numbered 200,000 before 1960 throughout parts of Africa.

The number has dwindled to 3,000 to 5,000, due to poaching for their horns.

Mystery disappearances

CHINA: Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmakers are to press the government for answers after a fifth employee of a publisher specialising in books critical of mainland China’s leadership went missing.

Lawmaker Albert Ho said the city was “shocked and appalled” by the disappearance of Lee Bo. Like the four others who have disappeared in recent months, Lee is associated with publisher Mighty Current.

“From the available information surrounding the disappearance of Mr Lee Bo and his partners earlier, we have strong reason to believe that Mr Lee Bo was probably kidnapped and then smuggled back to the mainland for political investigation,” Mr Ho said.

New Year’s swim

US: New Year’s Day was a time to chill out for a throng of adventurous swimmers who started 2016 with a dip in the Atlantic Ocean off New York City.

An estimated 2,000 people participated in the annual Coney Island Polar Bear plunge on a seasonally chilly Friday. National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration measurements show air temperatures in the area were in the low 40s (5-7 degrees Celsius), while the ocean was a bit warmer. Some people wore wetsuits, but others sported only bikinis.

The event raises money for Camp Sunshine, a camp for children with life-threatening illnesses.

Hamburglar

ENGLAND: Cheeky burglars who smashed their way into an amateur football club’s cafe and cooked burgers on a griddle scrawled “thank you burgor (sic) was great” before leaving a trail of destruction.

The thieves also stole around 10 bottles of spirits from Colne Football Club’s clubhouse in Colne, Lancashire, after helping themselves to cups of coffee and hot chocolate — even taking the trouble to defrost bread to accompany their burgers in the ground’s cafe.

Treasurer for the club Janette Harries condemned their actions and said she hoped police would catch the culprits.

“It’s cheeky, they are rubbing our noses in it. They put the kettle on and made themselves a brew and even made themselves burgers.

“They got the burgers out of the freezer and put them on the griddle and defrosted teacakes, they even used oil on the griddle so they have been quite considerate. But he didn’t wash up afterwards –— I’m saying he’s male because I don’t know a male who has ever washed up after themselves.”


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