QUIRKY WORLD ... ‘Wise’ Trump wins praise from North Korea

North Korea: North Korea has backed presumptive US Republican nominee Donald Trump, with a propaganda website praising him as “a prescient presidential candidate” who can liberate Americans living under daily fear of nuclear attack by the North.

A column carried by DPRK Today, one of the reclusive and dynastic state’s mouthpieces, described Trump as a “wise politician” and the right choice for US voters in the November 8 presidential election.

It described his most likely Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, as “thick-headed Hillary” over her proposal to apply the Iran model of wide sanctions to resolve the nuclear weapons issue on the Korean peninsula.

Mr Trump instead has told Reuters he was prepared to talk to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to try to stop Pyongyang’s nuclear program, and that China should also help solve the problem.

North Korea, known officially as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, is under UN sanctions over its past nuclear tests. South Korea and the US say its calls for dialogue are meaningless until it takes steps to end its nuclear ambitions.

DPRK Today also said Mr Trump’s suggestion that the US should pull its troops from South Korea until Seoul pays more was the way to achieve Korean unification.

“It turns out that Trump is not the rough-talking, screwy, ignorant candidate they say he is, but is actually a wise politician and a prescient presidential candidate,” said the column, written by a China-based Korean scholar identified as Han Yong Muk.

Possum in your pocket

Scotland: A possum has been rescued after it jumped into a woman’s pocket.

The Scottish SPCA was alerted after the woman, who lives in Leith Walk, Edinburgh, found the sugar glider in her cardigan pocket on Monday. Animal rescue officer Steph Grant said: “The lady initially thought it was a chipmunk.”

Expensive greens

Japan: It is less a case of selling coals to Newcastle than selling the vegetable wasabi to the Japanese.

A British company is growing the traditional Japanese condiment in Hampshire and, such is its quality, to some of the top Japanese restaurants both in the UK and abroad.

The exact location of The Wasabi Company remains secret to protect the precious crop, which is gram for gram the most expensive vegetable in the world.

Wrong team

Scotland: Marks & Spencer has incurred the wrath of Welsh soccer fans after putting up a poster appearing to back England’s Euro 2016 squad.

The retailer came under fire over the poster in its store in Culverhouse Cross, Cardiff, saying it is the official suit supplier to Roy Hodgson’s team.

The image, which features England players Kyle Walker, Chris Smalling and Joe Hart, has further riled supporters of the Welsh national team. JD Sports and Mars have also received criticism for their “England-centric” promotions.

Hacked road signs

US: Electronic construction signs in Dallas, Texas appeared to have been hacked on Tuesday, displaying messages calling Donald Trump a reptile and imploring commuters to take a day off work.

The portable signs flashed messages early including “Donald Trump is a ... shape-shifting lizard!” Another message read “Bernie for president”, referring to Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders. Another sign said: “Work is cancelled. Go back home.”

Chicken or egg?

US: What came first, the Chicken or the Egg — or make that the Two Egg? The answer is the Alaska town of Chicken came before the Florida town of Two Egg, by about 30 years.

But they are neither first nor last in the long list of oddly-named places in the US. In Pennsylvania there is Intercourse, Virginville, and Blue Ball. And in Santa Claus, Indiana, the name has created a major tourist industry.

The sign in Two Egg often went missing until it was riveted in place. Marcus Pender, whose grandfather owned a petrol station and general store where trading eggs for goods led to the town name, said: “It used to be one of the most stolen signs in the state of Florida. I even got a couple myself in the day.”

Blind faith

US: A blind Louisiana man is suing McDonald’s for the right to get served at the chain’s drive-thru windows.

The Chicago Tribune reports the lawsuit filed in Chicago federal court on behalf of Scott Magee claims McDonald’s is violating the American with Disabilities Act by refusing to serve customers at its drive thru windows who aren’t in a vehicle.

Many McDonald’s locations only serve customers at the drive-thru window during late night hours. Magee’s lawyer, Roberto Costales, tells the Tribune that getting a late night snack at McDonald’s is “a quintessentially American activity that should not be denied to someone because of their disability.”


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