Some of the quirky stories from around the world.
USA: A Tennessee woman searching for the stranger she kissed while running the Boston Marathon this year says she finally heard back — from the mystery man’s wife.
Barbara Tatge says her daughter had dared her to kiss a random, good-looking man as she ran through the town of Wellesley, where the women of Wellesley College traditionally offer kisses to runners.
After the April 20 race, her daughter took to social media to try to find the man, who clearly left an impression on her mother.
Tatge says The Wellesley Townsman news outlet passed on a letter addressed to her on Sunday after the campaign generated nationwide attention. The man’s wife said the attention was fun but the couple wanted to remain anonymous.
“When this story aired on the news we were pretty surprised,” the mystery man’s wife wrote in a portion of the letter quoted by The Townsman. “For me, I’m not mad. Believe me, our friends have gotten a lot of mileage out of this story and I have thoroughly enjoyed watching them give my husband grief!”
She continued: “While this may not be the ending that you had hoped for, that spontaneous, silly moment in Wellesley captured the fun, energy and spirit of the Boston Marathon. I greatly admire your spunk and courage and wish you many happy races in the future. Congratulations on your Boston finish!”
Tatge says she wrote back to the wife, thanking her for her graciousness and good humour.
“The letter was so kind and good-hearted,” she said. “She’s a great sport, and he’s fortunate to be married to someone like her.”
Ice bucket ‘challenge’
USA: A California officer faces insurance fraud charges after authorities say a video showed her participating in an ice-bucket challenge despite claiming she had a back injury.
Los Angeles County prosecutors say a video posted online in July showed Pasadena police officer Jaime Robison pick up a nearly 20-litre bucket of ice water and pour it over a fellow officer while she was receiving disability benefits.
The case also alleges the 39-year-old Robison exaggerated injuries in 2012 to receive disability pay.
Robison pleaded not guilty Friday to four counts of insurance fraud. She is to return to court June 10.
CHINA: A Chinese grade school teacher was admonished for letting a student hold a parasol for her on a school outing after photos of the incident drew overwhelming criticism on social media.
The Baoshan district education bureau in Shanghai said in a statement that it was reminding teachers they must discipline themselves and care for their students.
Once seen as a sign of status such practices are increasingly seen as arrogant in China.
The photos of the small boy stretching up his arm to hold the parasol over his teacher’s head on a sunny day as she walked and then sat on a bench touched a nerve among the Chinese public, who responded with torrents of sarcasm and criticism, even after local media reported that the boy did it willingly.
ENGLAND: Police are searching for a man who left his partially severed diamond-studded ear on the pavement after it was bitten off in a fight.
West Yorkshire Police believe the man did not seek medical treatment after the incident in Huddersfield and are urging him to come forward.
A photograph of the ear, complete with the diamond stud earring, has been posted on Twitter but the victim has not yet been traced.
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