Saturday 18 November 2017

Fisherman nets prosthetic leg

A FISHERMAN was surprised when he hauled up a prosthetic leg from the Gulf of Mexico -- and even more so when he found its owner.

The leg is emblazoned with the logo from the University of Kentucky. Fisherman Matt Willingham says he contacted the manufacturer and discovered it belonged to Fred Robinson, who played on the school's football team in the 1980s and had lost his leg in an accident five years ago.

Mrs Gibb curls up with Robin's teddy

ROBIN Gibb's widow Dwina is coping with her grief by sleeping next to his teddy bear, she has revealed.

Speaking after the Bee Gees star's funeral last week, Mrs Murphy-Gibb said her late husband's initials were stitched on the bear's shirt.

Pair accidentally win lottery twice

A COUPLE have won £96,527 (€119,317) on the lottery twice after accidentally buying two tickets, British lottery company Camelot has said.

John Ord (52) picked up a ticket at a newsagent's, not knowing that his wife Karen (44) had also bought one from a post office. The pair each used their favourite numbers -- a combination of the family's birth dates.

An open and shut trespassing case

A WOMAN in Oregon, US, has been arrested for trespassing after workers at her boyfriend's apartment building found she had been sneaking in by hiding in a suitcase he carried around.

A statewide newspaper reported that Kola J McGrath weighs 43kg. The 50-year-old was banned from the building last year for breaking a fire extinguisher case during an argument.

Metropolis hosts Superman festival

THE annual festival honouring Superman in the US city of Metropolis, Illinois, was a flying success.

The 'Superman Celebration' featured visits from cast members from the TV series 'Smallville'. Metropolis has no real connection to Superman beyond the fact that his co-creator, Jerry Siegel, happened to choose the name.

Minister labelled rug rat over taxes

GERMANY'S development aid minister is on the defensive after it emerged he bought a £900 (€1,100) carpet in Afghanistan and failed to pay customs duty on it.

Dirk Niebel's ministry says the carpet was flown to Berlin on May 20 but Niebel realised only on June 6 that customs clearance had not been sought. The minister said he "regrets" what happened.

Irish Independent

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