Gold left with luggage
POLICE in Germany issued an unusual plea – after finding a stash of gold bars and a wad of banknotes in the luggage deposit at Cologne's main railway station.
The stash was found in April in a luggage locker at the station, and police are now going public after being unable to link the haul to any crime and hearing nothing from any legitimate owner.
PILOTS SLEEP ON THE JOB
MORE than half of pilots have fallen asleep on the flight deck, according to a survey by the British pilots union.
And of the 56pc who admitted nodding off, as many as 29pc said they awoke to find the other pilot asleep. The findings come after it emerged both pilots on an Airbus passenger plane were asleep at the same time with the UK-operated aircraft flying on autopilot.
Cop cops fake cop
A POLICE impersonator picked the wrong man when he approached an undercover detective in a mobile phone shop and demanded he hand over drugs as part of a police drug bust, authorities in Colorado in the US said.
The detective showed the impersonator his own credentials, and advised the man he was under arrest, according to the 'Pueblo Chieftain'.
SCHOOL DIPLOMA AT 103
A WESTERN Pennsylvania woman who dropped out of school to work during the Great Depression finally has her high school diploma in time for her 103rd birthday.
Hazel Marie Attenborough Cichowski was presented with the honorary diploma at Wednesday night's meeting of the Pittsburgh Public Schools board, the 'Pittsburgh Post-Gazette' said.
STRICTLY HIGHER RATINGS
'SRICTLY Come Dancing' took the lead as it beat rival 'The X Factor' in the Saturday night ratings battle.
BBC1's hugely popular 'Strictly' show had an average audience of 9.2 million viewers, while 'The X Factor', which reached the boot camp stage, pulled in an average of 7.8 million.
BOOZY WOMEN SHOCK
WOMEN'S drinking was so bad during the First World War that critics likened them to prostitutes, researchers have found.
According to family history website, Genes Reunited, one old newspaper the 'Manchester Evening News', reported that a member of the county magistrates, Mr Theophilus Simpson, was shocked to count "26 women enter a licensed house in 10 minutes". He likened this type of behaviour to that of a prostitute.