QUIRKY WORLD ... Triple twins come up trumps with top results

England: Three sets of twins have scored 58 A* or As at GCSE at a top state school in Yorkshire.

Ripon Grammar School’s Louisa and Katharine Chatterton achieved 22 A* and A grades, closely followed by Lorcan and Molly Gallagher with 21 top grades and boarding brothers Harry and George Stratford with 15.

Katharine, who is considering going to drama school after A-levels in maths, French, English literature, and religious education, said: “We’re very independent and have different ways of working but when we got sick of being inside revising we started going on walks and taking flash cards and reciting facts to each other.”

Grave error

USA: A Rhode Island town is asking a court to decide whether the bodies of two men buried in the wrong plots should be exhumed and moved.

The town of Tiverton filed a complaint for declaratory judgment in Superior Court. In October, 65-year-old Lewis Chadwick Jr was placed in the wrong family plot at the town-operated Pocasset Hill Cemetery.

In March, 87-year-old Raymond Murray, who was supposed to be buried in that plot, died. He was buried in Mr Chadwick’s plot. His family wants him moved to the correct plot. Mr Chadwick’s family opposes any move.

Dodo sale

England: A near-complete skeleton of a dodo is expected to reach more than £500,000 (€585,000 in November.

The 95% finished composite skeleton is the first to come up for sale in nearly 100 years, having been painstakingly assembled by a private collector since the 1970s.

The dodo became extinct in around 1680 and the vast majority of bones were found in the Mare aux Songes swamp in south-east Mauritius in the 19th century. It will be sold by Sussex-based natural history specialists Summers Place Auctions on November 22.

Super-beero

USA: Do superheroes drink beer?

WIVB-TV in Buffalo reports that police in western New York say they’re looking for a man who was wearing a Batman costume and a Captain America mask when he walked out of a convenience store on Tuesday with two 18-packs of beer without paying for them.

The man, described by police as in his 20s, apparently made his getaway on foot.

Roadkill stew

USA: Thieves coming across dead moose on Alaska roads are stealing the carcasses, making away with hundreds of kilogrammes of meat that normally goes to a programme run by state troopers that gives it to the needy and others willing to butcher the carcasses.

Two moose killed recently by cars or trucks were to be picked up by the trooper-sponsored programme that alerts the Alaska Moose Federation so carcasses can be quickly delivered to recipients. But federation drivers could not find the two dead moose in July and August when they went to roadkill sites between Anchorage and Denali National Park, said the federation’s director, Don Dyer.

Moose killed on the road are the property of the state in Alaska, and the thefts hurt Alaskans who like moose meat and who depend on wild game to supplement their diets, said Mr Dyer.

“Sometimes there will be 10 people waiting for this moose to be delivered. Then we have to call them up and say ‘sorry, this moose has been stolen’.”

Roadkill moose provide plenty of food because adult bulls weigh up to 750kg, yielding more than 250kg of meat each. Alaska’s cold weather allows residents to use roadkill meat as food because carcasses stay fresh long enough for them to be retrieved and butchered rapidly.


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