Weeklypedia David Randall's Extreme Trivia, Arcana & Oddities

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Weeklypedia David Randall's Extreme Trivia, Arcana & Oddities

You Couldn't Make It Up

Man arrested in Pittsburgh supermarket after he handed over fake $1m note and asked for change.

Boy of 11 arrested after he led Louisiana police on a car chase at speeds above 100mph.

Texan charged with killing room-mate "because he had smelly feet".

Cambodian police arrest cow after its jaywalking allegedly causes six fatal accidents.

Egyptian woman who paid unemployed man to take her driving test dressed in a niqab is arrested after large shoes and deep voice gave him away.

Photoshoot to launch event in Belfast ends in tears after Lord Mayor's attempt to leapfrog council worker dressed as tomato goes terribly wrong.

Burglar stole so much copper and nickel from Derbyshire warehouse that his getaway truck's suspension collapsed.

Japanese salaryman, miffed that his boss had ignored his gift of a box of jellies, smashes all 22 computers in the office with a truncheon.

Oregon man wins pumpkin-growing contest with gourd that weighs 1,524lbs - equivalent to 14 and a half Kate Mosses.

Hong Kong wife being sought after she posted box full of scorpions and poisonous spiders to her estranged husband.

Jakarta officials use steam-roller to destroy 35,065 bottles of booze seized from city's traders.

Hong Kong pop star is placed on government blacklist after firing 21 domestic servants in three years.

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A man called Scott Masters stole a doughnut from a Minnesota store - and faces 30 years in jail. How so? Here's the maths. As he left the shop, he allegedly pushed an employee. This transformed a charge of shoplifting into "strong-arm robbery", which carries a sentence of five to 15 years. But Masters already has a criminal record, so the tariff is automatically doubled, to 30 years. And the thing is, he dropped the doughnut as he fled and never even got to eat it.

"Mr Potato Head in Ecstasy Bust"

The Agence France Presse headline on the story about a large quantity of the drug being found by Australian customs inside a Mr Potato Head toy posted to a Sydney address from Ireland.

"It was my way of telling her our love would last forever"

Alan Jenkins, from Port Talbot, referring to the life-sized tattoo of Lisa, his partner, that he had etched on his back. Sadly not long after spending 20 hours under the needle, Lisa left him for a younger man. He said philosophically: "I've got some room on my chest if I get hooked up again."

"They were literally tearing the mannequins apart to get at the clothes"

A shocked Will McCooke, of fashion retailer Clockwork Orange, speaking in the wake of a feeding frenzy for bargains by women at the opening of an Antrim store's sale. Having ransacked the shop, the shoppers then demolished the window displays to get at garments.

"This kiss was as aggressive as a punch"

The melodramatic statement of Agnes Tricoire, counsel for the prosecution of Rindy Sam, who planted a lipsticky kiss on the pure white canvas by US artist Cy Twombly in an Avignon gallery.

LI-CHEN: The wedding of Li Tangyong and Chen Guilan took place in Shunde City, China last week. The combined height of the bride and groom is 5ft 9 inches, he being 3ft 6ins, she a mere 2ft 3ins.

The Ig Nobel Prizes, organised by the Journal of Improbable Research, were awarded last week at Harvard University. Here are some of this year's laureates:

Aviation: Patricia V Agostino, Santiago A Plano and Diego A Golombek of Universidad Nacional de Quilmes, Argentina, for their discovery that Viagra aids jetlag recovery in hamsters.

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