QUIRKY WORLD ... Naked cheek as burglar takes booze and bath

USA: A naked man broke into two homes, drank booze and used a hot tub at one of them, police in Oregon said.

Officers received a 911 call from a woman who was house-sitting in Keizer when she was awakened by noises coming from the laundry room. As she went to check, the laundry room door slammed, so she grabbed a knife and called police and her husband.

Police found the burglar inside, naked, and arrested him without incident. Investigators determined that he climbed in through a back window after removing a screen. They also noticed that screens had been removed from windows at a neighbour’s home. Police say the suspect had burgled that home, drinking the homeowner’s alcohol and using the hot tub and shower.

Bucket list

BRITAIN:

Tourist attractions are at the top of people’s “bucket list” of things they would like to do in their lifetime.

But with a typical list costing nearly £136,000 to fulfil, it would take people 80 years to complete the list at the current rate of money saving, the survey by GE Capital Direct 1, part of the GE Capital UK finance group, found. Top of the bucket list was seeing the Northern Lights, followed by the Grand Canyon, Niagara Falls and going on a round-the-world trip.

The main reason among 25 to 34-year-olds for drawing up such a list was fear of missing out, while overall, two in five said thinking about their aspirations kept them motivated.

But three in five reckoned it was unlikely they would complete their list, with half citing a lack of savings.

Seal reunion

BRITAIN:

A seal pup which was hand-reared by zoo keepers has been reunited with her mother.

South American fur seal Gemini was born on June 3 last year at Living Coasts in Torquay. Her mother Grace was unable to produce milk so keepers at the coastal zoo hand-reared the pup. Gemini has now been weaned by staff and introduced to the adult seals including her mother.

Clare Rugg, operations manager at Living Coasts, said: “Gemini has been weaned off her fishy milkshakes and introduced to the joy of sprats. It took a while, as she had to learn how to swallow solid food. She is now eating 650g of sprats three times a day.”

Dieter’s revenge

BRITAIN:

Sam Akerman says losing 6.5 stone was not a way of hitting back at a man who chatted her up while she was on a night out with friends.

She said: “I was part of a hockey team sports tour. We were on a night out and I was approached by this guy who it turns out was on a mission to pull as many fatties as he could and he then took pictures as evidence.” Weighing in at her heaviest at 21st 9lb meant she stood out, but this was “really horrible, I just wanted to be treated the same as everyone else”, she recalls.

“Other people noticed the humiliation. I just laughed it off and my friends were laughing it off because that is how I was dealing with it but I just wanted the ground to swallow me up. It was a joke but it made me a joke. I was just on a night out with the girls.”

Road runner

ISRAEL:

An escaped emu ran through traffic on a main road in an Israeli town, weaving between cars in the rain.

Passer-by Iliya Zelser, who filmed the bird’s run in the central town of Herzliya, said the experience made him feel like he was in a cartoon. Mr Zelser said he expected to hear the “beep beep” of the cartoon Road Runner. The 27-year-old said: “I said to myself, ‘in a second, a coyote will appear from behind’. This was a really absurd situation.”

The bird had escaped from a private farm. Authorities caught it and returned it to its owner.

Tree goat

USA:

Christmas trees can be enjoyed long after they are discarded by a family. They’re a great source of vitamin C — for goats.

A Maine farm is extending an invitation to residents who don’t know what to do with their discarded trees.

Hillary Knight, the barnyard manager at Smiling Hill Farm in Westbrook, Maine, says the farm’s goats are more than happy to eat the trees.

She says it’s a win-win. Humans can recycle their trees and the goats get a treat.

Elsewhere, the Vermont Goat Collaborative is also collecting trees for goats.

Diamond dilemma

USA:

A Wisconsin police department is trying to figure out who left a diamond ring on its Christmas tree.

Germantown Police Chief Peter Hoell posted a note on his department’s Facebook page, asking if anyone knew where the ring had came from.

He says the diamonds are real.

Police think someone intentionally placed the ring on a branch of the tree in the police department’s lobby.


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