Saturday 16 November 2019

Online update for practical jokes

Changing someone's status on Facebook and sending a fake text from a friend's mobile have taken over from the humble whoopie cushion as favourite practical jokes, a new survey has found.

About 40pc of those polled said they were likely to "prank" a friend with the aid of technology rather than with traditional pranking methods, the survey by OnePoll revealed.

Garland 'Wizard of Oz' dress sale

The dress worn by Judy Garland in 'The Wizard of Oz' is going up for auction with an estimated value of more than €370,000.

The dress is the only complete original from the film to survive.

Wellington turns into Middle Earth

New Zealand's capital Wellington will rename itself The Middle of Middle-Earth when it hosts the world premiere of 'The Hobbit' movie trilogy next month.

The film is the first of three prequels to 'The Lord of the Rings' movies. It is directed by Wellington resident Peter Jackson and was shot in New Zealand.

Finnish couple win wife-carrying title

A Finnish couple has taken first place in the North American Wife Carrying Championship in Maine.

Taisto Miettinen and Kristina Haapanen received the woman's weight in beer and five times her weight in cash, about €370 in this case.

Humperdinck has £2m licence plate

Music veteran Engelbert Humperdinck is trying to trace a rich mystery man who offered to buy his personalised car number plate EHI -- for £2m(€2.47m).

The 76-year-old 'Release Me' singer, who represented the UK at this year's Eurovision Song Contest, was approached by what he described as "a very nice man from the UAE" after parking his Rolls Royce Corniche outside London's Savoy Hotel.

Case of playing judge and jury

A Pennsylvania judge spent the day in the county courthouse -- but not in her usual seat.

Instead, Cambria County Judge Linda Fleming sat among 119 other people who reported for jury duty at the courthouse. Ms Fleming said she felt it was important to serve and not use her position as an excuse to get out of jury duty. Ms Fleming was picked for a 36-member panel assigned to a criminal case, but she was not seated as one of the case's 12 jurors after a lawyer objected.

Irish Independent

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