LAVATORY THIEF: A thiefâ€™s plan to drill his way into a French bank backfired when he emerged in the toilet.
He missed the safe and instead found himself in a lavatory where he was promptly arrested, French newspaper La Provence reported.The 21-year-old broke into a building adjoining a branch of Banque Populaire in Marseilles in the early hours.The man, who came from Belgium, planned to drill his way through to a room housing safe deposit boxes. Alarms were triggered when he broke through the wall and police caught the man when they arrived on the scene. â€“â€“ Ananova.
SHOE MONUMENT: An Iraqi town has unveiled a giant monument of a shoe in honour of the journalist who threw his footwear at former US President George W Bush.
The two-meter high statue, unveiled yesterday in former dictator Saddam Husseinâ€™s home town of Tikrit, depicts a bronze-coloured shoe, filled with a plastic shrub. â€œMuntazer: fasting until the sword breaks its fast with blood; silent until our mouths speak the truth,â€ reads an inscription, in honour of journalist Muntazer al-Zaidi, who hurled his shoes at Bush and called him a â€œdogâ€ at a news conference during the former presidentâ€™s final visit to Iraq.
Fatin Abdul Qader, head of an orphanage and childrenâ€™s organisation in the town, said the one-and-a-half-tonne monument by artist Laith al-Amiri was titled â€œstatue of glory and generosityâ€.
â€œThis statue is the least expression of our appreciation for Muntazer al-Zaidi, because Iraqi hearts were comforted by his throw,â€ she said. â€“â€“ Reuters.
CARELESS MONEY: Workers at a steel plant near Berlin found 100 000 euros (US$128 500) in a safe that a bank had sent to be scrapped â€” but they did the decent thing and gave it back.
An employee at Germanyâ€™s Postbank had failed to take out the cash before sending the safe to the scrapyard. Spokesman Ralf Palm blamed â€œthe carelessness of an employee when a branch office moved in Decemberâ€. â€“â€“ Reuters.
LADDER LAW: A Romanian judge has ruled a man must use a ladder to get into his first floor flat â€” because his neighbour owns the ground floor entrance.
Eugen Dumitrescu (70) from Pitesti, had been using the entrance for years until he fell out with the family living downstairs.
Now following the ruling he has to climb 15 feet up a ladder to get into the sitting room window of his apartment â€” but is preparing an appeal.
â€œI will take this to the very top,â€ he vowed.
â€œI think the judge who made this ruling should try climbing up a ladder to get into his home every day and then maybe heâ€™d have a different view of the problem.â€ â€“â€“ Ananova.
PIGEON SMUGGLER: A man has been arrested in Australia for trying to smuggle two live pigeons into the country â€” hidden in his pants.
The 23-year-old man had just landed at Melbourne Airport after a flight from Dubai when customs officers stopped him and searched his bags.
They found a container holding two birds eggs in his pocket, and a further search revealed he was wearing tights with two live birds stuffed inside, one in each leg.
Officers also seized a money belt containing plant seeds and undeclared samples of eggplant, reports News.com.au.
If convicted, the alleged smuggler, could face up to 10 years in jail or a Â£50 000 fine â€“â€“ Ananova.