QUIRKY WORLD ... Seeing double .... hospital welcomes three sets of twins

USA: Three sets of twins were born on the same day at a Montana hospital — adding up to more than half of the hospital’s births that day.

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports the first of the trio of twins was born at Bozeman Deaconess Hospital at 7.49am on July 22. The other two sets followed over the next seven hours, making it the first time in a decade the hospital has seen so many twins born in a day.

Including the three twins, 11 babies were born at the hospital that day.

Getting in the swing

ENGLAND:

Happiness is a hamster swinging in a hammock, according to the first study to measure the mood of the cuddly rodents in an objective way.

When their cages were kitted out with hammocks, extra bedding, ledges, chew sticks, and plastic “hut” shelters, the little animals displayed mental states similar to those seen in happy people, the research showed.

An enriched environment made them more optimistic — just like “glass full” humans who look on the bright side of life.

30-year wait

ENGLAND:

A transplant patient who endured a 30-year wait for a new kidney has said he is looking forward to having a beer and a banana.

David Dawson thought he was the victim of a crank call when a transplant co-ordinator called in the early hours to tell him a donor organ had been found.

Mr Dawson, from Milton in Stoke-on-Trent, underwent a successful transplant operation at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham last month.

Bridging the divide

CYPRUS:

The EU has moved to recognise halloumi, or hellim in Turkish, as a protected cheese from both sides of the Greek-Turkish divided island of Cyprus and lauds it as a symbolic step toward further reunification.

The salty, chewy cheese is perhaps Cyprus’ greatest gift to world gastronomy and the 28-nation bloc took a major step toward full name protection by publishing its official application for the status, which would mean only cheese made in Cyprus could be called halloumi in EU countries.

EU Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker said the cheese unification drive shows the commitment of both sides “to work together on projects unifying the whole island”, which was divided in 1974 into a Greek Cypriot south and a Turkish Cypriot north.

Buttering them up

USA:

Winning another national championship has made American football coach Urban Meyer a butter man.

The Ohio State University chief and Buckeyes mascot Brutus are being honoured with butter sculptures at this year’s Ohio State Fair in Columbus.

The life-size objects — joining other butter sculptures — required about 500 hours of work and consist of 2,000lb of butter.

Wooden and steel frames were built to support the weight of the butter, which was sliced from 55lb blocks.

Strange one

USA:

A fugitive has been arrested after federal agents saw his photo in a Washington state newspaper that ran a story about a low-budget horror movie.

The News Tribune reports that 44-year-old Jason Stange, a convicted bank robber, plays a leading role in the movie Marla Mae. The Olympian newspaper ran a feature story on the film with photos that showed Stange on the film set in Olympia.

Federal agents tracked down Stange and arrested him on Friday near the set.

Stange pleaded guilty to an armed bank robbery in 2006 and was jailed for more than nine years. A federal probation violation warrant was issued last year after Stange left a halfway house.


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