It’s a weird world


SALE: Around a million unwanted Christmas presents are being sold on eBay including some still wrapped.


Among items on offer are an easy-to-knit scarf kit, described by the seller as “a lovely idea but I c

annot knit and really don’t have time to learn”.


Simpsons cuckoo clock, girl’s lilac boots, a pair of Red Monkey jeans and a £20 Next voucher — on offer at £17,99 — are also on sale, reports The Sun.


Ayesha Johnson (23) of London, is selling a pair of £300 Prada shoes given to her by her brother.


She said: “I hate them. They are old-fashioned court shoes, a style I’d never wear.”


Richard Kanareck, of eBay, said: “Re-homing a present means it will find a new owner who will really appreciate it.” — Ananova.com



CHARGED: A US woman has been charged with assaulting a police officer after wiping her nose on his shirt.


It happened after police in Dunbar, near Charleston, West Virginia, were called out to deal with a domestic dispute.


Corporal S E Elliott arrived to find a man sitting near his front door while a woman tried to slap him, reports the Charleston Daily Mail.


He arrested the woman, Georgia Newman (36) after reportedly seeing her bite the man on his elbow and spit in his face.


But as he later walked her into a local police station, she allegedly leaned over and wiped her nose on the back of his shirt.


Newman was charged with domestic battery and battery on a police officer. Battery on a police officer is defined as intentionally making any physical contact of an insulting or provoking nature against an officer. — Ananova.com



AUCTIONED: A letter from the Queen Mother complaining about the high cost of her clothes is going up for auction.


In an 80-year-old hand-written note to her dress-maker, she complained her clothes were “too expensive”, reports the Daily Mirror.


She wrote: “Would you be very kind and look through my bill before it is sent to me this autumn, as I thought that a few items in the last one were rather too expensive.


“I think it would be a good thing if you would do this as my clothes have cost a terrible lot lately. And I shall have to get some from Australia.


“Naturally I want to get them from you and it would be most helpful if you could see that they are not too dear. I have got one dress which I cannot wear as it does not fit, so can you make me another?”


The letter is among several items from London designer Elizabeth Handley Seymour being auctioned in Exeter next month.


The sale also includes part of a robe Queen Elizabeth wore for her 1937 coronation and a brooch initialled ER. — Ananova.com



CLEVER: A German bar owner has got round a smoking ban by cutting holes in the wall so customers can stick their heads out to have a cigarette.


Michael Windisch, owner of the Maltermeister Turm bar and restaurant in Goslar, Lower Saxony, cut three holes next to tables in his restaurant after local authorities introduced the ban on smoking in all eating places.


Customers who want to smoke can stick their heads through the large holes and their hands through the other two so they can have a cigarette. A curtain has been mounted to keep out the cold.


Windisch said: “Now my customers can legally enjoy a cigarette without having to leave the comfort of the restaurant.”


Local media have claimed the idea is likely to catch on in other parts of the country where blanket bans in smoking in restaurants are to be introduced from the New Year. — Ananova.com