True love price rise
BUYING a set of the gifts named in the classic holiday carol 'The Twelve Days of Christmas' will cost a true love $27,393 (€20,152) this year, up 7.7pc from the 2012 price tag, according to an annual tongue-in-cheek analysis released this week.
Prices for most of the items in the song, including the partridge, two turtle doves, three French hens and five gold rings, remained steady from last year.
SANTA'S MILITARY GUARD
A US military website showing Santa Claus delivering his presents while guarded by warplanes has some children's advocates worried.
In a twist to its tradition of tracking an animated version of Santa Claus' sleigh and reindeer as he flies around the globe on December 24, the military is adding the animated fighter plane escort to give a realistic feel to the popular feature, said a spokesman for the North American Aerospace Defense Command.
Celebrations by Seattle football fans in a Monday night game against the New Orleans Saints were so thunderous that they registered as minor earthquakes on a nearby seismometer.
The most intense rumble came after Seahawks' defensive end Michael Bennett recovered a fumble by New Orleans' quarterback Drew Brees in the first quarter and ran it back for a touchdown, said John Vidale, director of the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network at the University of Washington.
ATTACK SUB IS FOUND
SCIENTISTS plumbing the Pacific Ocean off Hawaii have discovered a World War II era Japanese submarine, a technological marvel that had been preparing to attack the Panama Canal before being scuttled by US forces.
The 400-foot (122-metre) "Sen-Toku" class vessel – among the largest pre-nuclear submarines ever built – was found in August off the southwest coast of Oahu and had been missing since 1946, scientists at the University of Hawaii at Manoa said.
CASH FROM THE SKY
A Minnesota man ticketed for disorderly conduct after he flung $1,000 in mostly small bills over a balcony at the nation's largest mall during a heavy holiday shopping day wants to give away more money, he said.
Serge Vorobyov was banned from the Mall of America in suburban Minneapolis for a year for the publicity stunt on Black Friday that has drawn attention from national media.