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In brief: 1,500 crash teen Facebooker's bash

Published 06/06/2011 | 05:00

A teenage girl in Germany who forgot to mark her birthday invitation as private on Facebook fled her own party when more than 1,500 guests showed up and around 100 police officers were needed to keep the crowd under control.

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Eleven people were temporarily detained at the 16th birthday party in Hamburg, police said.

Fat cats going cheap at shelter

A central Ohio animal shelter with an abundance of chubby cats is having a sale on its fattest felines, hoping a discount will entice potential owners.

The Capital Area Humane Society says the fat cats are on sale this summer for $15 (€10.25) each or two for $20 (€13.68), instead of the usual $70 (€77.88) adoption price.

Shopper 'grapeful' for £10,500 award

A supermarket shopper has secured a £10,500 (€11,787) payout after slipping on a grape in a branch of Asda.

The company apologised for failing to meet its own "high standards" following the ruling at Peterborough County Court. Asda must also pay £18,000 (€20,206) in legal costs following the slip at a store in Peterborough, east England, in January 2008.

Elderly pair under attack from gulls

A pair of elderly women in Falmouth, Cornwall, say they are too terrified to leave their home following a series of aerial attacks by gulls.

Nancy Bond and Gloria Prinn say they cannot use their garden or even hang their washing out following a number of onslaughts near their flat. The RSPB said the gulls nesting on house roofs were likely to be protecting their young.

JR's auction raises $500,000

Larry Hagman, who played oil baron JR Ewing on the beloved 1980s' series 'Dallas,' auctioned off many of his personal valuables at the weekend in Beverly Hills.

Caroline Galloway of Julien's Auctions said a silver saddle was the priciest item sold, fetching $80,000 (€54,725). The collection brought in more than $500,000 (€342,000).

Puppet used to parent penguin

ZooKEEPERS are fooling an abandoned penguin chick into thinking a black industrial glove is its parent.

Keepers at Living Coasts in Torquay, Devon, are wearing a homemade penguin glove puppet during its feeds to stop it from becoming used to humans.

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