QUIRKY WORLD ... Thief’s ‘crime of stupidity’ is a bit too close to home

USA: A Pennsylvania man has pleaded guilty to what his attorney called a “crime of stupidity” — burglarising a neighbour’s home by cutting a hole in the wall between his basement and the neighbour’s.

Public defender Anthony Rybak told a Northampton County judge he didn’t see how anyone could think he’d get away with such a crime.

The (Allentown) Morning Call says that’s why 22-year-old Sammy Paul Buskirk pleaded guilty to burglary, telling the judge he’s a heroin addict.

Buskirk acknowledged sawing through his wall on December 4 to create a hole to get into the neighbour’s home where he stole $200 worth of quarters.

The judge sentenced Buskirk to three months in jail followed by five years of probation.

Slugging it out

ENGLAND: A generation of sleepless super-sized slugs could ravage vegetable patches this summer thanks to unseasonably mild weather.

Slugs usually hibernate during the cold months, but temperatures have been too high — meaning that the gastropods have been able to reproduce all winter.

Buglife, a conservation charity, said the slug population is booming, with the species laying up to 100 eggs at a time. One cubic metre of garden could contain up to 200 slugs.

Braveheart find

SCOTLAND: The remains of the medieval church where William Wallace is thought to have been made Guardian of Scotland after defeating the English army at the Battle of Stirling Bridge has been discovered by archaeologists.

Wallace and Andrew de Moray were given the title after leading a small Scottish force to victory over Edward I’s large army in 1297.

A ceremony is believed to have taken place shortly after the battle in the Kirk o’ the Forest in Selkirk, and the remains of a medieval chapel have now been located in a ground study of the ruins of the Borders town’s 18th century Auld Kirk.

Lucky duck

ENGLAND: Fire crews stepped in to free a duckling trapped in a roadside drain — and then ensured its safe return to a nearby waterway.

A video posted to YouTube shows members of Droitwich fire station’s White Watch hailing the bird’s salvation as the “best rescue yet” as members of the public watch.

In a message on Twitter, the brigade wrote: “@HWFireDroitwich rescued a duckling from a drain. The rescue went swimmingly!”

Merry dance

JAPAN: Tokyo’s Madame Tussauds wax museum has opened a dancing hologram attraction, allowing visitors to waltz and disco with the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Lady Gaga, Beyonce, and Marilyn Monroe.

Participants get a 3D face scan, which is transposed on to a hologram dancer for the 90-second presentation.

The attraction is one of the ways the centuries-old museum is exploring interactions with celebrities in a digital age.

Weeded out

USA: A marijuana advocate in New jersey dubbed NJ Weedman has been arrested again on marijuana charges after law enforcement raided his restaurant and cannabis temple.

Ed Forchion was arrested on Wednesday along with 10 other people after a raid of his business across the street from City Hall, officials said.

Forchion opened a restaurant, NJ Weedman’s Joint, and an attached cannabis church last year. He sued Trenton police last month, saying they infringed on his religious rights by shutting down the cannabis temple for staying open too late.

Recreational marijuana is illegal in New Jersey.


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