MARRIED: A man in southern India has married a dog on the advice of an astrologer.
Selva Kumar (33) tied the knot with a three-year-old bitch called Selvi to get rid of a curse for killing two dogs 15 year
Within four days of killing the animals, Kumar started suffering from paralysis, reports the Mumbai Mirror.
Medical treatment led to no improvement so he saw a local astrologer who told him the curse would be lifted if he married a bitch.
The groom, from Avilakulam in Tamil Nadu, wore a white dhoti and shirt while the bride was dressed in a pink silk saree for the wedding ceremony.
The ceremony ended with Kumar tying the Hindu sacred thread around the dog’s neck and vowing to take care of his wife forever.
At the feast that followed, the groom fed his bride her favourite food — buns. — Ananova.com
BLOCKED: David Beckham fans in Austria blocked the phone-in lines of a radio show when the star’s used bed linen was offered as a prize.
Fans are asked to phone, email or text the reasons why they want to run into a hotel room as Becks checks out and spend the day with his unwashed bed linen.
Presenters told fans that Beckham usually left used boxer short lying in the room as well as he always wore fresh undies and never re-used them.
Beckham’s bed promotion is running all week until England’s next match against Austria today.
He is expected to turn up alone as wives and girlfriends are not invited to attend friendly games, reports Austrian media.
The radio station has a deal with the hotel where Beckham and the rest of the team will stay for the fan to be allowed to go into the room. — Ananova.com
FIXED: Three 17th Century Chinese vases smashed when a museum visitor tripped over his shoelace are back on public display.
The porcelain vases, from the Qing Dynasty, were broken in January 2006 when Nick Flynn crashed into them at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge.
Specialist ceramic restorer Penny Bendall, from Suffolk, took six months to restore the pieces, reports the BBC.
They will now be housed in a specially designed case.
Before they were smashed, the vases had been on display for 60 years in a window recess on the staircase of the museum.
They were smashed into hundreds of pieces when Flynn tripped over his shoelace. The initial clear-up operation took two-and-a-half days.
The restoration work has involved taping all the pieces together and then binding them with a special adhesive before a final polish and coating of enamel.
The three vases are part of a set of five with an estimated value of between £200 000 and £300 000. — Ananova.com
LUNCH: Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev will have lunch with a US couple who paid US$160 000 at a charity auction for the pleasure, Interfax news agency reported.
The couple bid the money at the auction in London in June. “We’ll have cabbage, herring and vodka,” all traditional Russian dishes, Gorbachev was quoted as saying.
The auction raised US$4 million and was organised by the Raisa Gorbachev Foundation, named after the late wife of the Soviet leader who died of cancer in 1999.
The money raised will go to two children’s cancer hospitals in Russia. — AP.