Saturday 16 December 2017

MP in tight spot after purchasing cheap underpants

Canadian MP Pat Martin blamed his departure from the House of Commons on an unwise purchase from a local store
Canadian MP Pat Martin blamed his departure from the House of Commons on an unwise purchase from a local store Newsdesk Newsdesk

Canadian MP Pat Martin has offered up one of the most original excuses ever heard for hurriedly running out of the House of Commons during a vote, his new cheap pair of underpants was too tight.

Martin, who belongs to the official opposition New Democrats, bolted as members of Parliament began to rise one by one to vote.

He later blamed his departure on an unwise purchase at a local store.

Degrees of nonsense

Carnegie Mellon University mistakenly informed about 800 applicants that they had won a place in one of the school's prestigious computer science programmes before retracting the acceptance letters, the school said.

The acceptance letters were sent by email this week, according to the Pittsburgh-based school.

Frozen out

The cold might not bother Disney's Queen Elsa, but it is wreaking enough havoc in Kentucky that police issued a "warrant" for the popular 'Frozen' character's arrest.

Police in the small town of Harlan posted a Facebook message about Elsa which read: "Suspect is a blonde female last seen wearing a long blue dress and is known to burst into song 'Let it Go!'

"As you can see by the weather, she is very dangerous."

Flying the coop

Police are crying fowl after crates of live chickens hurtled off a truck on to a road in Pennsylvania and flew the coop.

The feather-ruffling incident happened early in the morning on in Nescopeck Township, near Berwick, and saw about 500 chickens fall from the vehicle.

Police said the driver of the truck did not realise he lost his load and continued on his way.

150 years in news

News agency Reuters is marking 150 years since it was formally established.

The agency now has 2,600 journalists in nearly 200 locations around the globe, with its news reaching more than one billion people every day. German-born immigrant Paul Julius Reuter had already set up an office in London and bureaux all over Europe when the Reuters Telegram Company was registered as a public limited company on February 20 1865.

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