Some more funny and random headlines from around the world:

  • Jail for ‘stupidest bank robber’: A man who tried to hold up a bank in northwest Germany that had been shut for years and robbed a passer-by is jailed.
  • Swiss ski resorts hit by drought: The traditional start of Switzerland’s ski season is marred by a shortage of snow, following the driest autumn on record in the country.
  • US bottle message reaches Azores: An 11-year-old US boy was stunned to get a reply to his message in a bottle from Portugal’s Azores Islands – via the more reliable means of email.
  • Pena Nieto in ‘name-book gaffe’: Mexican presidential contender Enrique Pena Nieto of the PRI falters when asked to name three books that have influenced him.
  • Hiring of Tom Cruise fans denied: Organisers of Hollywood star Tom Cruise’s recent visit to India deny reports they hired 200 fans to welcome the star at Mumbai airport.
  • Indonesia’s singing cop is sacked: An Indonesian policeman who became an internet sensation when he was filmed singing and dancing in uniform is sacked after failing to go to work.
  • ‘Rubbish Island’ is ‘overwhelmed’: The government of the Maldives temporarily bans the depositing of rubbish from its hotels onto an island used almost entirely as a garbage dump.
  • Polydactyl cat rescues US shelter: An unusual cat boasting 26 toes helps fundraisers secure the future of a Wisconsin animal shelter in need of a new home.
  • Sheep flock seal makes recovery: A young seal pup which was discovered among a field of sheep after the recent storms which battered Scotland is being nursed back to health.
  • Apple papers are sold for $1.6m: Apple’s original partnership agreements, signed by its three founders, sell for $1,594,500 (£1.03m) at auction.
  • Green plastic sheep fool drivers: Six green plastic sheep on a West Sussex roundabout are put behind bright yellow safety barriers to stop motorists thinking they are real.
  • Chile tie campaign to beat heat: Chile urges men to leave their ties at home this summer to beat the heat and reduce the amount spent on air conditioning.
  • Indian is world’s shortest woman: Jyoti Amge, an Indian student measuring just 62.8cm, a little over two feet, is confirmed as the world’s shortest woman by Guinness World Records.
  • Beach Boys to get back together: US band The Beach Boys announce plans to reunite to mark their 50th anniversary, which will include a new album and world tour.
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