Beware the giant hay bale and other (odd) stories

2010-09-09 08:32

Sydney – A Russian circus has been forced to cancel an act in which a woman swallows a live fish and regurgitates it after Australian officials deemed it cruel.

The New South Wales Department of Industry and Investment put a stop to the act by the Great Moscow Circus which is performing in Sydney after receiving complaints from the public.

Giant hay bale kills former ELO cellist

London – A giant bale of hay has killed a founding member of the Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) band after it tumbled down a hill and crashed into his van. Cellist Mike Edwards (62) died after the 600kg bale rolled down a steep field in Devon, southern England, smashed through a hedge and careered on to the road.

Mystery eye problem at dairy show caused by cow urine

Sydney – The cause of a mystery eye ailment that struck about 50 visitors to a dairy pavilion at an agricultural show in Australia has been traced – to cow urine. The Royal Adelaide Show had to close its dairy cattle pavilion after an rising number of people reported sore eyes when visiting the judging marquee.

Farmer’s 24-hour milk filling station a hit

Berlin – A German dairy farmer has come up with a novel way to drum up new business – he opened a “milk filling station”. The Milchtankstelle near Cologne in the town of Neunkirchen-Seelscheid dispenses the output of 78 cows from a stainless steel vending machine. Customers can either bring their own empty containers or buy milk bottles to fill up.

A hoax? Joaquin Phoenix film gets viewers guessing

Venice – Whether a hoax or not, a new documentary about Joaquin Phoenix and his transition from acclaimed, brooding actor to bearded, shambolic hip-hop wannabe has captivated viewers at the Venice film festival. I’m Still Here was directed by Casey Affleck, a successful actor and Phoenix’s brother-in-law.

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