Ten things which raised an eyebrow this week
Following the week in which Twitter appointed a Chairman who has only used the social media platform 11 times, Sweden introduced a 6-hour work day and astronomers believe they may have discovered “Alien megastructures” orbiting Mars, EP brings you a round-up of some other news items, stories and events which you may have missed
- Noting the Australian economy is “flagging due to falling global commodity prices”, a petition to change the Country’s legal tender to “Dollarydoos” has already attracted in excess of 11,000 signatures (only 15,000 are required before Parliament are required to discuss)
- In New Zealand, the Hamilton Zoo has come under fire for the wording used in a job advert which noted that “an exciting opportunity has arisen” for a Zookeeper to join the team, less than a month after the previous post-holder was killed by a Sumatran Tiger
- “My wife found out I’ve been cheating, and I need to get my clothes back out of the dumpster!”, “The doctor said I need more Vitamin D so I’m going to spend the day at the beach” and “The Universe is telling me to take the day off!” are just some of the more off-the-wall ‘explanations’ people have given for taking a day off work
- That’s more than sufficient to cover his 5-a-day … In Florida, Bradley Reiter has been arrested for unlawfully harvesting and therefore stealing 4million pounds of fruit valued at over US$500,000
- Amassing more than 1.3 million hours of unpaid overtime since the Charlie Hebdoo shootings in January, the 700-strong elite close-protection unit in France claim to be so tired they have been regularly (and accidentally) shooting themselves with one officer inadvertently releasing his weapon inside the Elysée Palace
- In Norway, police are appealing for help from the public in identifying cheap take-aways as they note that restaurants offering pizza for less than E6 can only be doing so if they’re not paying tax
- In New Jersey, all 28 members of the Rider University Men’s Cross-Country running team have been suspended after campus police caught some of them preparing to run naked around the tracks as part of what school officials have deemed a “hazing ritual”
- We’re not in Common Sense any more Toto! In Kansas, police had to evacuate an entire neighbourhood after a local resident tried to put out a fire in his garden using a truck full of ammunition which he “didn’t understand” could explode when heated!
- If you think you’re having a bad week then spare a thought for the teenager in Shanghai whose mother was so frustrated by his unwillingness to get a job that she chained his hands & feet and paraded him through the streets to shame him into submission
- Ending on a bum note – A man in Scotland was admitted to hospital with a miniature, razor-sharp sword up his rectum which he had tried to use in a DIY operation to remove haemorrhoids… It seems that while trying to manoeuvre himself into the position necessary to attempt such a deed, the unfortunate man lost his balance, slipped and impaled himself on the weapon!
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