Paid leave plan hits a dead end
A man published an obituary for his living mother in a ploy to get paid bereavement leave from work.
Relatives called 'The Jeffersonian Democrat' newspaper in Pennsylvania after the obit appeared to report that the woman was actually alive and well. The woman then visited the newspaper. Brookville police have charged Scott Bennett (45) with disorderly conduct.
Lethal spiders set up home in car
Two black widow spiders found in a car imported from the US have been given a new home at Bristol Zoo.
The pair had been nesting inside a 1964 Ford Falcon, which was imported into the UK last January, but were only discovered when restoration work started.
Holiday cancelled over good fake tan
One woman abandoned her holiday plans as she had achieved a "really good fake tan" and no longer needed to sunbathe, a survey found.
Other reasons for people postponing holidays were not losing enough weight pre-trip and fear of becoming "too Spanish". One family cancelled a Turkish break as their three children had been "misbehaving tremendously and did not deserve to go", the survey by travel agency www.sunshine.co.uk found.
Gladiator school opens in Germany
A new school in Germany's oldest city is drawing crowds who want to learn what it is really like to be a gladiator.
The gladiator school in Trier holds bouts in the city's 2,000-year-old Roman arena. It gives participants the chance to battle in a metallic outfit weighing 55lbs.
Attenborough defends footage
David Attenborough has defended using footage in his 'Frozen Planet' series of a polar bear tending her newborn cubs that was shot in a zoo.
The veteran broadcaster said the decision to film in the zoo was made for "the safety of the animal", telling ITV1's 'This Morning': "If you had tried to put a camera in the wild in a polar bear den, she would either have killed the cub or she would have killed the cameraman."
Peter Kay's sales exceed 10 million
Funnyman Peter Kay has become the first British comedian to sell more than 10 million copies of his DVDs.
The Bolton comic (38) has notched up 10,291,624 sales for 'The Tour That Didn't Tour -- Tour', and previous hits including 'Phoenix Nights' and 'That Peter Kay Thing'.