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Sunday 17 November 2019

World news in brief: Walker lived on flies

Austrailian outback
Austrailian outback

A German tourist missing for almost three weeks in the Australian outback spent 10 days stranded on a patch of grass in floodwaters and survived by eating flies.

Police said Daniel Dudzisz (26) was on a walking tour but got lost and became stuck in floodwaters. Police said Mr Dudzisz soon used up all his supplies and "he'd been eating flies ever since". He was eventually able to wade out. (© Daily Telegraph, London)


A 75-year-old New York woman found her fortune in a cookie. Emma Duvoll won $2m (€1.44m) in a Powerball draw after playing the numbers in a fortune cookie.

The retired Bronx resident bought the lottery ticket after dining at a Chinese restaurant in Greenwich Village.


Three pupils were caught smoking marijuana in the boys' bathroom of their northern California elementary school last week in what the local police chief says marked the youngest pot bust he has ever encountered.

The three boys – two eight-year-olds and one nine-year-old – were caught by another student, said Sonora Police Chief Mark Stinson.

DRUNK LOST $500,000

A California man who lost $500,000 (€360,350) in 17 hours gambling at a Las Vegas casino was so drunk he could not remember the episode, said a lawsuit filed on his behalf that seeks to erase the debt.

Mark Johnston (52) arrived drunk at the Downtown Grand casino and was plied with free drinks while he gambled, according to the suit filed on February 18.


Sicilian amateur scientists have launched a model cannolo, a cream-stuffed pastry roll symbolic of the Italian island, into the stratosphere.

The 'Sicilian Space Programme', which cost about €350, had symbolic importance as well as being a scientific feat, the three natives of the island town of Enna behind it told Reuters.


The currency firm representing a California couple who found $10m worth of rare Gold Rush-era coins on their property says no valid claim to the collection has emerged, despite rumours that the stash was swiped in a 1901 heist.

A sale of the treasure trove is to be held.

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