Friday 19 January 2018

Toilet treasure

Cleaners found 24 gold bars worth around £700,000 (€840,368) hidden in an airliner toilet after a flight from Bangkok landed in India.

The Jet Airways plane was being cleaned in Calcutta before a scheduled flight to Patna when the bars were discovered inside two bags.

KIDS RUN OUT OF PUFF

Most children today cannot run as far or as fast as their parents did, according to research.

The decline, which may indicate worse health in adulthood, was discovered following an international study of running fitness in children over the last 50 years.

HIGH-RISE GAMING

A college professor has set a world record for the largest architectural video game display after playing a supersized game of Pong on the side of a Philadelphia skyscraper.

Frank Lee recreated the classic Atari game on the 29-storey Cira Centre. The building essentially became a 60,000-square-foot screen as hundreds of embedded LED lights replicated the familiar ball and paddles, which were controlled by a joystick a mile away.

CHINESE TAX DODGER

A Chinese rice trader who dodged taxes by claiming that he had purchased a US bank has been jailed for life.

Lin Chunping saved millions with false invoices between September 2011 and May 2012.

LIZARD STING

The former host of Animal Planet's Wild Recon cable TV show has admitted that he sold two endangered Iranian desert monitor lizards without a permit after being caught in an undercover sting. Donald Schultz pleaded guilty at a Los Angeles court to violating the Endangered Species Act, the US attorney's office said.

In a plea deal he agreed to pay a $6,000 fine, $3,000 in compensation and to perform 200 hours' community service.

GANGSTER GRAN JAILED

A New York grandmother who ran a drug ring employing several family members has been jailed for 15 and a half years.

Theresa Anderson, of Buffalo, who pleaded guilty in June to conspiracy, oversaw an around-the-clock operation in which crack cocaine was sold from several houses she bought, prosecutors said.

In a letter to the judge Anderson, who is in her 50s, said she started using drugs at 14 and made poor choices to finance her addiction.

Irish Independent

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