Ten things which raised an eyebrow this week

Ten things which raised an eyebrow this week

Following the week in which Ireland beat England in the 6 Nations, the Forbes Rich List was published and Boris Nemtsov was murdered in broad daylight, EP brings you a brief round-up of some other interesting news items which may have missed your attention

  • Following the death of Leonard Nimoy, the Bank of Canada is pleading with Trekkies to Stop “Spocking” Fivers noting that – however hilarious it may be for the rest of us – “…writing and markings on bank notes are inappropriate as they are a symbol of our country and a source of national pride.”
  • “Newquay, we have a problem!” A short-list of 5 possible British Spaceport locations have been chosen, from which passengers will one day be launched into orbit!
  • Just a harmless joke or possibly one of the worst parenting ideas imaginable? The sale of baby beer bottles in America has caused uproar and laughter in equal measure
  • “Expect the unexpected” is one thing but when Guernsey local, Pat Costen inadvertently left her front door unlatched while she took a shower, it’s fair to say she never expected to come back downstairs to find defecating cows in her living room
  • With an average net worth of £2.51 billion, the number of British billionaires on the Forbes Rich List has increased by 6 to 53. The list also includes 197 (extremely) independently wealthy women, up from 172 last year
  • A party they’ll never forget! The University of Michigan has requested the National Charter revoke accreditation of Sigma Alpha Mu after a “frat party” ended with the total & complete destruction of a ski resort and a $500,000 repair bill! On top of the dissolution of the fraternity, the College Dean has also banned all members from campus life for 4 years
  • An American woman is suing a restaurant for $100,000 after complaining that she couldn’t get a table for one at the busy eaterie on Valentine’s Day. In addition to the cash she’s looking for an apology from the manager both in person and in a local paper
  • Good news for the Irish economy as it has been noted that overall US investment to Europe fell by 19% year-on-year to $115 billion in the first nine months of last year, while investment in Ireland grew 42% to $37 billion
  • With a score of 92 from a possible corruption-free 100, Denmark has placed first on Transparency International’s corruption index while Somalia and North Korea crawl over the line at the bottom with a score of 8 each! Britain was ranked 14th with a score of 78, ahead of Japan, Ireland and the US
  • Spanish actress Anna Allen has become the butt of many jokes and mocking memes following the revelation she had shared doctored photos with her 22,000+ Instagram followers. Leaving the impression she was living the life of Hollywood royalty, she was found to be regularly stealing photos – going so far as to suggest she had attended this year’s Oscar ceremony by superimposing her face onto the body of a guest!

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