Ten things which raised an eyebrow this week -13/12/2013

Ten things which raised an eyebrow this week

EP brings you a brief round-up of some of the news items which were perhaps as surprising as they were enlightening



  • From the South African man who applied for a European visa so he could “hunt vampires in Romania” to the French man who wanted to move to Columbia because he’d heard cocaine was legal there, it’s easy to see why certain visa applications were denied
  • Speaking of visas, officials in Stoke-on-Trent have been left red-faced after having to cancel the hitherto unpopular “Moroccan bazaar” themed Christmas market when 40 of the artisan traders were denied visas and a caravan of camels got stuck in traffic
  • A woman in America has been hospitalised after she was found glued to the toilet seat in a Home Depot store (authorities suspect she may be the culprit behind an elaborate prank which went horribly wrong, resulting in the “sticky situation”)
  • Worried about the cost of feeding everyone this festive season? No need! If you’ve got the time, energy and inclination it’s possible to put together a Christmas meal for 8 people for only £21.85 – you’ll just need to make a trip to almost every supermarket on the high street for a Lidl self-basting turkey and sprouts, Tesco sage & onion stuffing, carrots from Morrison’s, potatoes from Aldi and Sainsbury’s mince pies
  • Bungling bureaucrats in the French national statistics office “Insee” have sent a letter for the annual census to Napoleon Bonaparte!! The letter was promptly returned with a sticker saying “Died in 1821 – Please return to Saint Peter”
  • Studded with 16 rubies and 32 diamonds, the world’s most expensive Christmas wreath has gone on sale for £2.8 million
  • A members only “social supermarket” has opened in South Yorkshire selling quality goods rejected by major chains, for a fraction of what they would otherwise cost – members are only accepted once they can prove they’re in receipt of social welfare benefits and live within certain postcodes
  • Q: “Why did no one bid for Rudolph and Blitzen on eBay?” A: “Because they were two deer!” Have a festive giggle with the top 10 (modern) Christmas cracker jokes
  • A “breathtaking breakdown in communication” has seen over 150 home-owners in Hampshire accidentally receive a letter from the local council giving 14 days to respond to a (non-existent) compulsory purchase order for their homes – the letter went on to describe, in detail, plans to demolise the houses to make way for a bypass
  • After VisitAberdeen threw down the gauntlet to break the world record for the most “David’s” gathered in one place, more than 100 men and boys of the moniker gathered in the City Centre to kick-start Christmas celebrations with a rendition of “Once in Royal David’s City”

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