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CAPRICIOUS: The annual crowning of a goat as king of Ireland at one of the country’s oldest fairs is in doubt after organisers said the heir to the throne may be stopped from travelling to the festival.

Traditionally a male goat is caught in the mountains of Kerry in southern Ireland and paraded through the town of Killorglin where he reigns for the three days of Puck Fair, a centuries-old festival of drinking, music and dancing.

Locals may have to desperately trek the nearby hills after this year’s chosen animal from the Northern Ireland town of Ballycastle could only get a four-day licence for the trip south of the border. –– Reuters.

NAKED MEASURES: Farmers in an eastern Indian state have asked their unmarried daughters to plow parched fields naked in a bid to embarrass the weather gods to bring some badly needed monsoon rain, officials said.
  Witnesses said the naked girls in Bihar state plowed the fields and chanted ancient hymns after sunset to invoke the gods.
“This is the most trusted social custom in the area and the villagers have vowed to continue this practice until it rains very heavily.” –– Reuters.

BEE MY WIFE: A Chinese couple have got married wearing clothes made of thousands of living bees.
Li Wenhua and Yan Hongxia are both enthusiastic beekeepers and work for the Nanhu forestry commission at Ning’an city in northern China.
And despite the fact that most of their pals kept their distance, the couple were still delighted with their new clothes.
His wife added: “It was an amazing feeling to have a carpet of living bees moving over my body. –– Ananova.

GAMBLING GRAN: A Florida woman has been sentenced to 14 months of house arrest for leaving two grandchildren alone in a parked car while she went to play the slots.
A Broward County judge also gave the 54-year-old woman three years’ probation.
Authorities say the woman left the children aged two  and four years in a car parked outside a Hallandale Beach casino in August 2008. The windows were down, but the air-conditioning was off. –– Msnbc.

SHUCKS!: It’s not clear how or when it was killed, but police were called to a downtown Miami street when a five-to-six-foot shark was found lying in the middle of it.
News footage on Tuesday night showed the dead animal in the street with police officers and cruisers nearby. Two TV stations reported that two men had tried to sell the animal to at least three fish markets for around US$10.
The men apparently carried the  shark around on the city’s Metromover downtown train, prompting calls to police. –– Msnbc.

BONNIE AND CLYDE: A blind border collie has found a new lease of life — after getting his own guide dog.
Black and white hound Clyde is totally blind and relies on fellow collie Bonnie to guide him everywhere, reports the Daily Telegraph.
She stays inches from Clyde’s side while guiding him on walks or to food or water, and lets him rest his head on her haunches whenever he becomes disorientated.
When they are together five-year-old Clyde seems as capable as a fully sighted dog, but he refuses to move unless two-year-old Bonnie is nearby to guide him. –– Ananova.

NABBED: Oakland police say a man impersonating a police officer tried to pull over a real undercover officer and was arrested.
Police say 21-year-old Antonio Fernandez Martinez of Oakland was arrested in the Fruitvale district after trying to pull over an unmarked police vehicle. –– Msnbc.

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