Quriky World ... No wedded bliss but homeless get slap-up meal

USA: After a California couple called off their wedding, the bride-to-be’s family decided to turn the $35,000 (€31,000) extravagant event into a feast for the homeless.

The bride’s mother, Kari Duane, said that rather than cancel the reception, they invited Sacramento’s homeless for a meal at the Citizen Hotel, one of the city’s finest venues.

Duane said her 27-year-old daughter called earlier in the week to tell her she and her fiance had decided not to go through with the wedding. Soon after, the family decided to share the non-refundable event with the less fortunate.

“Even though my husband and I were feeling very sad for our daughter, it was heartwarming to see so many people be there and enjoy a meal,” Duane said.

She said they had already paid for a reception that would have hosted 120 guests. About 90 homeless single people, grandparents, and whole families with newborns showed up and enjoyed a meal that included appetisers, salad, gnocchi, salmon, and even tri-tip. Some even dressed up for the occasion.

Part of the wedding price tag includes a non-refundable honeymoon, so on Sunday mother and daughter set off for Belize. “I hope that when she looks back at this, she knows she was doing something good with a bad situation,” Duane said.

Realistic re-enactment

USA: Two people have been hit by bullets during a gunfight re-enactment in Arizona. Police in the town of Tombstone said the skit was supposed to involve blanks, but one of the actor’s guns fired lived rounds during a stand-off.

Actor Ken Curtis was hit and treated at the scene before being flown to a hospital in Tucson, where he was undergoing surgery to remove the bullet. Other rounds struck businesses and a bystander.

The marshal’s office said mayor Dusty Escapule advised the Tombstone Vigilante group to put the gunfight skits on hold as an investigation is carried out.

Tombstone is a popular tourist draw as people flock to the former Old West town to see gunfight re-enactments and history dating back to the days of Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, and the OK Corral.

Great baguette bake-off

ITALY: A judge from Guinness World Records has certified a 122m-long baguette baked at the Milan Expo 2015 World’s Fair as the longest in the world.

Some 60 French and Italian bakers worked nearly seven hours on Sunday to bake the French bread characterised by its soft middle and crusty exterior, methodically moving a specially designed portable oven along the length of the doughy preparation.

The bakers worked at a rate of 20m an hour, their progress complicated by working outdoors and the biggest challenge to avoid any breakage.

“It’s very difficult to do a big baguette because we are outside, you know, the temperature, it’s cold, and we are outside so for the dough it’s not easy,” said Dominique Anract, one of the bakers and owner of the La Pompadour bakery in Paris. Putting a plastic cover over the dough helped.

The Italian maker of Nutella, Ferrero, backed the enterprise to beat the 111m record held by a French supermarket chain. Once certified as a record-breaker, the baguette was cut and smeared with Nutella to share with the hundreds of Expo goers who celebrated the record.

It was at least the fourth world record declared during the six-month Expo, which closes October 31, including the longest pizza at 1.5954km, nearly a mile long.

Wigan wind-up

ENGLAND: A PA announcement telling a football fan his girlfriend had gone into labour may have been a prank.

Officials at Wigan Athletic FC are now looking into whether the announcement at the game against Colchester United was a hoax. It was during the League One match at Wigan’s DW Stadium that an announcement was made telling a Daniel Cunliffe his girlfriend was about to give birth.

The message came shortly after the second half had got under way and as the home side were 4-0 up. A spokesman for the club said the stadium had received a call during the match asking to get the message to Cunliffe.

They have since said that they are looking into whether it could have been a joke.

Bonny lions

SCOTLAND: Four ex-circus lions have arrived safely at their new home in Scotland after being transported from an animal sanctuary in Belgium.

The Five Sisters Zoo in West Calder, West Lothian, raised £150,000 (€205,000) over the past year to build a two-acre enclosure for the big cats.

The animals were rescued in May 2014 from a French circus in Belgium because the country forbids the use of wild animals in performances.


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