Your lips are beautiful, or whatever

2010-12-16 13:33

Five odd news stories from around the world.

Fireman admits causing farmer’s death with siren
London – A fireman has admitted to causing the death of a farmer who was crushed to death by a herd of cows after they were startled by fire engine sirens. Julian Lawford pleaded guilty at Exeter Crown Court to a charge of causing the death of Harold Lee by careless driving, the Press Association reported.

“Whatever” voted most irritating word in poll
New York – For the second consecutive year, “whatever” topped a Marist poll as the most annoying word or phrase in the English language.

Embalmed head of France’s King Henri IV found
London – A team of scientists say they have positively identified an embalmed head, presumed lost in the chaos of the French Revolution, as that of King Henri IV of France who was assassinated in 1610. The head was apparently lost after revolutionaries desecrated the graves of French kings in the royal basilica of Saint-Denis near Paris in 1793.

Online flirting: it’s all about lip service

London – A new survey of online flirting by dating website Badoo.com has found that the best Internet chat-up line for men to use is: “You have beautiful lips.”

Arizona teacher claims $95.3 million lottery jackpot
Phoenix – Ending nearly two weeks of suspense, a 64-year-old substitute teacher and single parent from Arizona claimed a $95.3-million (R651 million) Powerball jackpot. Sheila Verke, a Fort Mohave resident, presented the single-winning ticket to lottery officials in Phoenix on Monday. She opted to take a lump-sum payment of $49.9 million, saying she plans to buy a recreational vehicle and travel the country.

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