Wednesday 13 November 2019

Quiet days ahead for new hangman

Sri Lanka has started interviews for the post of hangman a year after two positions fell vacant, with at least 480 convicts on death row.

But it was not quite clear how the two successful candidates would fill their days -- the death penalty has not been used in Sri Lanka, a predominantly Buddhist country, since 1976.

Orangutans go ape about apps

Humans aren't the only species on the planet with a penchant for electronic gadgets. Zookeepers across the US and Canada are discovering that apes also get excited about apps.

As part of a programme, called Apps for Apes, 12 zoos across the two countries have been incorporating iPads into the enrichment time allotted for orangutans.

A not-so-earnest Wilde book return

A Chicago-area woman wanted to return an overdue copy of 'The Picture of Dorian Gray' to the Chicago Public Library, but first she wanted to be sure she wouldn't go to jail.

That's because the book, a rare limited edition of the Oscar Wilde novel, was checked out in 1934. Harlean Hoffman Vision found it in her late mother's possessions, with a Chicago Public Library stamp.

Cocaine chicken lands man in jail

Authorities in Nigeria say they arrested a man at an international airport who was bringing in roasted chicken with an unusual stuffing: $150,000 (€119,000) worth of cocaine.

National Drug Law Enforcement Agency spokesman Mitchell Ofoyeju said yesterday that suspect, Vincent Chegini Chinweuwa, arrived at Lagos's Murtala Muhammed International Airport at the weekend from Sao Paolo in Brazil. Mr Ofoyeju said Chinweuwa told investigators he had hoped to start a business in Nigeria with the drug money.

Competitor eats record 191 wings

Organisers of the National Buffalo Wing festival say competitive eater Joey Chestnut has devoured a record 191 chicken wings in 12 minutes.

Mr Chestnut set the record on Sunday during a wing-eating contest at the annual festival in Buffalo. He beat the old record of 183 wings, set last year by Sonya Thomas, the Black Widow. Earlier this year, the San Jose, California, resident won his sixth straight Fourth of July hot dog-eating contest at Coney Island, eating 68 hot dogs in 10 minutes.

Irish Independent

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