QUIRKY WORLD: Naughty names prove a hit with bargain house hunters

Streets with rude-sounding names like Crotch Crescent, Turkey Cock Lane, Bell End, and The Knob could turn out to be a haven for property hunters looking to snap up a bargain, research suggests-

The study for website NeedaProperty.com looked for evidence of what impact living in a street with a suggestive name could have on the value of your home.

Properties on streets with innuendo-laden names were found to be around one fifth or £84,000 (€102,000) cheaper on average than other homes situated nearby.

Researchers asked 2,000 people to vote for the street name that they would be most embarrassed to have as their address from a long list and the top 15 were used for the study.

BAD BOYS

ENGLAND: Thousands of British soldiers were held in a camp to be secretly treated for venereal diseases which became widespread during the First World War.

The “bad boys’ camp”, near Swindon, Wiltshire, treated up to 1,100 military personnel at a time who were contained on a base surrounded by barbed- wire fences and forced to wear distinctive uniforms.

The story is told in a short documentary being broadcast as part of the BBC’s World War One At Home series, looking at the impact of the conflict within the UK.

Case against man who texted photo of his tattooed genitals dismissed

USA: A man accused of texting an unsolicited picture of his tattooed genitals to a married mother did not commit a crime under a Georgia state nudity law, the state’s Supreme Court ruled.

Charles Lee Warren faced up to three years in prison after being indicted under a 1970 Georgia law that makes it illegal to send unsolicited nude photographs by mail without a proper warning on the outside of the envelope.

Prosecutors said he texted the picture of his tattooed penis in October 2012 to a woman who then complained to police.

The Georgia Supreme Court said the state law did not cover photos sent electronically, and justices dismissed the criminal charge in a unanimous decision.

Legislation proposed last year to amend the law to include pictures transmitted electronically did not pass, according to Georgia General Assembly records.

PIGS CAN FLY

ENGLAND: Members of veteran rock act Pink Floyd have collaborated once more, to create a major exhibition which will see items such as the band’s inflatable pig brought out of retirement and displayed alongside rare items.

The three surviving musicians — Roger Waters, David Gilmour, and Nick Mason — have been involved in planning Their Mortal Remains which will bring together around 300 artefacts from the band’s decades of recordings and performance.

It is being built in the UK and designers responsible for the group’s artwork and live shows will work on what is described as a “multi-sensory” exhibition. As well chronicling the Floyd’s history and development from debut album The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn onwards, it will also include some solo elements.

MOONLIGHTING POLITICIAN

USA: A politician swapped his suit and tie for a delivery man’s uniform — not because he’s quitting politics, but because it’s a way to make closer contact with his constituents.

Nevada congressman Steven Horsford went “undercover” to help a driver for logistics firm UPS deliver packages to offices in his Las Vegas-area district.

“I’m Congressman Horsford. I’m here to deliver your package,” he said to one recipient.

“Sometimes in Washington you get a little disconnected,” he said. “I want to make sure I know what people are actually doing each day. It’s hard work!”

CAT RESCUE

USA: An orange cat that was rescued in the US after spending days in a drainpipe during severely cold weather has recovered and has been adopted.

The cat, named Piper, initially refused attempts to lure it out of the pipe with tuna, the classic call of “here, kitty, kitty”, and even a mobile phone app that meowed. Caretakers at a school in Findlay, Ohio, cut through the pipe last month to free the cat, which was muddy, emaciated, and hypothermic.

The Hancock County Humane Society’s animal control officer says Piper’s new owners promise to keep him indoors. A vet says Piper is a pleasant and happy creature.


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