Tuesday 16 January 2018

Still suits you, sir

A Texas school PE teacher wore the same outfit for his school photo for 40 years.

Dale Irby said that when he received his photo in his second year he was embarrassed to discover he'd worn the same outfit as the first year. His wife dared him to wear it again. He said: "After five pictures it was like, 'Why stop?"'


The remains of a New York schoolteacher who disappeared nearly 28 years ago have been discovered hidden in a false basement wall in the house where she lived with her husband.

JoAnn Nichols was 55 years old when her husband James reported her missing in 1985, police in Poughkeepsie, New York, said. He died in December of natural causes.


The profanity 'sh*tstorm' is so widely used by Germans, including Chancellor Angela Merkel, that the country's most prestigious dictionary has included it in its latest edition.

"Over the last few years, 'sh*tstorm' has entered everyday usage," said Nicole Weiffen, of Duden, which publishes Germany's standard dictionary.


A man has pleaded not guilty to making a fake claim of nearly $2.2m (€1.7m) to the main compensation fund for Boston Marathon bombing victims.

Prosecutor Gina Masotta said Branden Mattier (22), of Boston, told The One Fund his long-dead aunt lost her legs in the April 15 attacks.


Struggling web game-maker Zynga gave new chief executive Don Mattrick a $5m (€4m) signing bonus and stock awards valued at $40m (€30m) to lure him away from his previous job overseeing Microsoft's Xbox console for video games.

Zynga announced that Mr Mattrick (49) would replace company co-founder Mark Pincus as CEO earlier this week.


A 5ft-long boa constrictor is on the loose after escaping from its home.

The public have been warned to look out for the pet snake that was reported missing from a house in Huyton, Liverpool, as it "may become aggressive if it feels threatened".

Irish Independent

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