Some of the strangers stories doing the rounds around the world
British police have arrested a suspected thief with 38 mobile phones stuffed down his trousers.
West Midlands Police say they believe the man stole the phones from concertgoers at a show by band The Libertines in Birmingham.
The 30-year-old and a second man, who was also arrested, were spotted at the venue with their trousers taped closed at the bottom. Police were on the lookout after reports of phone thefts during an earlier Libertines gig in Manchester.
THAILAND: A craze for lifelike dolls thought to bring good luck is sweeping Thailand, reflecting widespread anxiety as the economy struggles and political uncertainty persists nearly two years after a coup.
Thailand is predominantly Buddhist and has been modernising rapidly over the past two or three decades but many people are highly superstitious, their Buddhist beliefs co-existing with notions of animism, astrology, and black magic.
The plastic dolls, about the size of a real baby, are called “look thep”, or “child angel”.
Devotees buy them in shops or online and invite benevolent spirits to possess them, hoping they will bring good luck.
“The economy is bad right now. Everybody needs something to hold on to,” said Mananya Boonmee, 49, a doll owner and seller.
Mananya told Reuters her doll, called Nong Petch, or baby jewel, had helped her win the lottery by telling her what numbers to buy in her dreams.
Nun of that round here
A convent in suburban Chicago plans to press ahead with a bid to close a nearby strip club, despite a legal setback. Cook County Circuit Judge Peter Flynn told the Missionary Sisters of St Charles Borromeo to rework their lawsuit against Club Allure in Stone Park which alleges it violates prostitution regulations and is a nuisance.
After the hearing, Sr Noemia Silva said her order is called to “protect our values, and we will not change them.”
Attorney Robert Itzkow, a former owner of the club, says it’s a legal business.
Skin or lose
A New England Patriots fan was a bit premature when he got a tattoo declaring the team champions of a game they never reached — yet he says he has no regrets.
Burke O’Connell, 31, said he strongly believed the Patriots would win the AFC Championship and advance to the Super Bowl. The Massachusetts native had a friend ink the celebratory tattoo across his calf two days before the Patriots lost to the Denver Broncos.
The black-and-white tattoo depicts a Lombardi Trophy rising above the Patriots’ logo, along with the number 50 and the word Champs. Mr O’Connell told The Boston Globe he has no regrets. He says his chin tattoo of an ex-girlfriend’s name — now covered up — was much worse.
Getting his goat
A romance that enchanted Russia may be over: Timur the goat and Amur the tiger have had a fight and are no longer together.
The goat was placed in the tiger’s compound in a wildlife park near Vladivostok in November with the expectation that the big cat would eventually kill and eat him. But the two not only tolerated each other, they appeared to become friends.
The odd couple became a popular topic on social media, and T-shirts celebrating them went on sale.
But Timur started pushing it, constantly annoying and butting the tiger. “Finally, the tiger couldn’t hold back, grabbed the goat by the withers and tossed him,” park director Dmitry Mezentsev told state news agency Tass.
“We decided to put them in different enclosures for a while.”
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