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SNAKE SAVIOUR: A Chinese man who nursed a dying snake back to health claims it saved his family by raising the alarm when their house was on fire.

Yu Feng, of Fushun, in Liaoning province, found the dying black snake outside his home, reports the Liaosheng Evening Post.
“I treated it with herbal medicines, and in 20 days it recovered,” he said.
He took the snake to a nearby mountain more than a mile away to release it back into the wild –– but the next morning it was back at his house.
“I then set it free another two times, but it always came back,” Yu added. He named the snake Long Long and adopted it as a pet –– then one night, he claims it saved the whole family.
“I was asleep when suddenly I felt something cold on my face. I opened my eyes and it was Long Long.
“He had never woken me up before but I was so sleepy I went back to sleep. But Long Long grabbed my clothes with his teeth and whipped the bed with his tail.
“Then he went to my mother’s bed and whipped her bed with his tail. I woke up then and smelt something burning, and saw my mother’s electric blanket was on fire so I leapt up and turned it off.”
Local reptile experts say snakes don’t have the intelligence to act in this way –– but Yu believes Long Long acted out of kindness, to repay Feng for saving his own life. –– Ananova.

‘SANTA’ ROBS BANK: A gun-wielding man has robbed a US bank while dressed as Santa.
The festive disguise included a red suit, furry hat and full fake beard. Brandishing a gun, he demanded a cashier hand over money.
CCTV images show the costume clearly but his face is partly obscured by sunglasses.
The incident happened at a branch of the SunTrust Bank in Nashville, Tennessee.
Metro Nashville Police department has released pictures and appealed for help identifying him.
He fled in a grey car which was parked by a near-by church. –– Sky News.

BROTHEL GREEN REBATE: A Berlin brothel is doing its bit for the environment –– by offering discounts to customers who arrive on bicycles.
“The recession has hit our industry hard,” said Thomas Goetz, owner of the Maison d’envie brothel.
“Obviously we hope that the discount will attract more people. It’s good for business, it’s good for the environment –– and it’s good for the girls.”
Customers who arrive on a bicycle or who can prove they took public transportation get a five euro discount from the usual 70 euro fee for a 45 minute session.
“We have around three to five new customers coming in daily to take advantage of the discount,” he said, adding the green rebate has helped alleviate traffic and parking congestion in the neighbourhood. –– Ananova.

SEX PRAYER: Newly-wed Roman Catholic couples are being encouraged to say a special prayer together before having sex.
The specially-composed Prayer Before Making Love is aimed at “purifying their intentions” so the act is not about selfishness or hedonism.
It appears in the 64-page Prayer Book for Spouses which has been published by the London-based Catholic Truth Society.
The prayer implores God “to place within us love that truly gives, tenderness that truly unites, self-offering that tells the truth and does not deceive, forgiveness that truly receives, loving physical union that welcomes.”
It adds: “Open our hearts to you, to each other and to the goodness of your will”. –– Daily Mail.

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