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Monday 22 January 2018

Grass greener in US thanks to paint

Despite the persistent heatwaves in the US, the grass really is greener in some neighbourhoods in New York and New Jersey.

Homeowners with dried-up lawns are "lawn painting" to liven up their grass.

Berlin hit with 450-year-old debt

The sleepy hamlet of Mittenwalde in eastern Germany could become one of the richest towns in the world if Berlin were to repay it a debt that dates back to 1562.

A certificate of debt, found in an archive, says Mittenwalde lent Berlin 400 guilders on May 28, 1562, to be repaid with 6pc interest per year.

History rewritten in exam bloopers

What was Stalin's key weapon in controlling Eastern Europe? Sausage rolls, according to one student.

Apparently the Russian dictator was not building up a buffer zone in the region, but a "buffet zone". The blooper is just one of the exam howlers submitted to the UK's 'Times Higher Education' magazine for its annual competition.

Turtles stage a great escape

More than 1,500 turtles have made a slow-speed escape from their farm in the US.

Georgia turtle farmer David Driver blamed vandals for tearing down fences, which allowed the reptiles to head for nearby ponds and creeks.

Glasses 'banned' in McDonald's

McDonald's has said workers in Paris who stopped a Canadian professor from wearing computerised glasses feared he could be recording employees and customers.

Steve Mann stopped on July 1 at the Champs-Elysees McDonald's. Mr Mann said staff knocked the vision device off his face. McDonald's says employees were respectful and polite.

Straitjacket statue stunt

STATUES of prominent historical figures including Sir Winston Churchill were fitted with straitjackets in London to highlight issues of mental illness.

The stunt was carried out by Channel 4 before its season of primetime programmes looking at the stigma of mental health, 4 Goes Mad. J

Naked hiker is arrested again

A "naked rambler" has been arrested three days after he was released from prison.

Stephen Gough, who hikes across Scotland naked, was arrested in Townhill, Dunfermline, yesterday by officers in Fife .

Irish Independent

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