Friday 15 November 2019

Sean Penn has admitted that he watches Isil beheading videos because he feels he has a moral duty to do so.

Sean Penn has admitted that he watches Isil beheading videos because he feels he has a moral duty to do so.

The actor, humanitarian and social activist claims that by witnessing the graphic acts of violence carried out on captives and filmed by Islamic extremists - such as the burning to death of Jordanian pilot Lieutenant Muath al-Kaseasbeh - he is counteracting a sense of political correctness that has led to some upsetting footage of the conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan not being broadcast by the Western media. "The problem is we are not seeing enough of real violence," he said.

Cow cologne

For hamburger aficionados who cannot get enough, Burger King has an answer: a grilled burger-scented fragrance. Burger King said the Whopper grilled beefburger-scented cologne will be sold only on April 1, and only in Japan. It is not an April Fools' Day joke - the date marks the Whopper burger day for the company.

The limited Flame Grilled fragrance can be purchased at 5,000 yen (€35) per purchase of the burger, but there will be only 1,000 units.

Stag knight

You've heard of wedding crashers, but Joey DiJulio is a stag party crasher - of sorts.

For weeks, the Seattle man found himself getting emails from people he did not know about a bachelor party in Philadelphia and a groom he did not know. It turned out he had been mistaken for a friend of the groom with a similar last name.

When he told the group their mistake, groom Jeff Minetti thought why not still invite him. The Philadelphia estate agent asked him to the stag party on March 28 and even to the wedding on May 2. Smelling a rat

A DINER got out of paying for his Valentine's Day meal after releasing his pet rat into the restaurant, a court heard. Christopher Baker (28) ordered a slap-up dinner at a bistro but then secretly produced a rodent from his pocket. He paid his bill but then put the animal on the floor and started screaming: "It's a rat. I'm not eating here, I want my money back."

Embarrassed waiters apologised and Baker was given a refund and left the Borneo Bistro in Sunderland. Baker, of Houghton, Sunderland, pleaded guilty to fraud by false representation on February 14 at Sunderland Magistrates' Court. He was sentenced to a 12-month community order with supervision and was told to pay a €75 victim surcharge and €10 in compensation.

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