Britney secret weapon
Ship security teams are scaring away Somali pirates by blasting out Britney Spears songs.
Hits including 'Baby One More Time' and 'Oops! I Did It Again' represent the Western culture and music the pirates loathe. Merchant navy officer Rachel Owens (34) who helps guide super-tankers sailing off the coast of Africa, said: "As soon as the pirates get a blast of Britney, they move on as quickly as they can."
TALLEST MAN MARRIES
The world's tallest man has married – and his new bride barely reaches his waist.
At 5ft 8in Merve Dibo is not a particularly short lady, but next to her groom Sultan Kosen from Turkey, who looms at 8ft 3in, she looks tiny.
Dog starts fire in flat
A dog trying to reach a bag of pet food turned on a cooker and started a fire at an apartment in the Washington state city of Wenatchee.
The black Labrador accidentally hit one of the cooker knobs with its paw while its owners were out. Fire crews were able to revive it with an oxygen mask, but by the time they arrived the fire had caused more than €7,000 worth of damage.
HERMIT BURGLAR DEAL
A maINE man who claims to have spent 27 years living in the woods as a hermit pleaded guilty this week to burglary and theft in a deal in which he will receive mental health counselling.
Christopher Knight (47) was ordered to check in weekly with the court to confirm that he is either working full-time or attending schooling, and undergoing mental health counselling for a year to ensure a "successful" return to the community.
GUN VICTIM ZOMBIE RANT
A California man shot dead after breaking into a family's home had ranted about zombies hours before he showed up screaming threats and smashed into their house, authorities have said.
Paul Michael Bracamontes (22) was killed in Yorba Linda by a homeowner who awoke before dawn to find him screaming in the backyard.
TRICK OR TREATER APPS
Parents worried about letting their children go trick-or-treating at Halloween can download new apps that track kids and send alerts when they venture outside designated safe areas.
With the free iPhone app Track 'n' Treat, children send a time-limited link of their location via a phone number or email. This then allows parents to track their whereabouts via a web browser.