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EXPENSIVE: The Sultan of Brunei has spent an incredible £15 000 on getting a haircut.

The wealthy royal paid the massive fee to fly his favourite barber, Ken Modestu, from London to Brunei earlier this month.
But the Sultan was so worried about catching swine flu that he paid £11 000 for a private luxury cabin for the hairdresser –– so that he didn’t mix with other passengers on the plane.
The 63-year-old Sultan –– one of the richest men in the world –– pays the barber thousands every time he makes the 7 000 mile round trip to Brunei. –– Ananova.

DREAM LUCK: A Romanian man escaped with only minor injuries after he fell from a fourth floor window while he was asleep.
Marius Purcariu, 32, from Arad, was found wrapped in a curtain on the bonnet of a car parked under his bedroom window.
He said: “I remember turning off the TV and going to sleep around 2am. Then I heard noises and my wife was calling my name from the window. I was very lucky I guess.”
Doctors said it was a miracle he suffered nothing worse than a leg fracture and a broken rib in the fall. –– Ananova.

CARNIVOROUS PLANT: A carnivorous pitcher plant big enough to gobble up rats has been named in honour of British TV naturalist David Attenborough.
The plant, discovered on the Philippine island of Palawan during a 2007 scientific expedition and now dubbed Nepenthes attenboroughii, is not so nice: Rodents and insects that fall into the “pitcher” can be trapped and slowly consumed by its flesh-eating enzymes. That ability has led some headline-writers to dub the plant a “Venus Rat-Trap”. –– Msnbc.

GLUED: A man was glued to a public toilet seat in far north Queensland in what police describe as a “sick joke”.
Police, ambulance officers and fire crews were called to the 70-year-old man’s aid after he became stuck at the Cairns Central Shopping Centre toilets.
Police say someone smeared strong glue over the toilet seat and the man had to be taken to the Cairns Base Hospital to have the seat removed. –– Msnbc.

TOO FAT: Easy Jet is being sued by a passenger after check in staff refused to let her board because she was “too fat.”
Instead check in staff handling the internal Italian flight from Bari to Rome asked her to jump on scales in front of a queue of other travellers and said she could only fly if she bought two tickets.
“I’m sorry, but you’re too fat and if you want to fly with us, you have to buy two tickets,” the check-in girl told the astounded passenger, reports La Repubblica newspaper. –– Ananova.

SLOPPY ROBBER: A 34-year-old man is in custody after authorities say he gave a teller his account number and showed her his picture ID before robbing an Anchorage bank.
The FBI says Jarell Paul Arnold of Anchorage is being held on federal bank robbery charges.
The FBI alleges Arnold walked into an Alaska USA Federal Credit Union branch and inquired about the balance on his account, according to the Anchorage Daily News. The teller asked for his name, account number and ID, were he complied, the paper said. — Msnbc.

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