Some more funny and random headlines from around the world:

  • Crowe gets lost on kayaking trip: Oscar winning actor Russell Crowe is rescued by the US coastguard after getting lost on a kayak trip on New York’s Long Island.
  • Senegal floods uncover artefacts: Pieces of jewellery, pottery and iron tools dating back thousands of years are discovered in Senegal’s capital, Dakar, after last month’s severe floods, researchers say.
  • McDonald’s opens vegetarian venue: The standard-bearer of the hamburger, McDonald’s, is appealing to local taste and opening a meat-free outlet in India.
  • ‘Green’ Pope gets electric car: Pope Benedict XVI is presented with an electric car, the latest in a list of environmentally friendly initiatives backed by the Vatican.
  • Nepal-Israel joint stamp issued: Nepal and Israel release a joint stamp depicting the highest and the lowest places on earth – Mount Everest and the Dead Sea.
  • US woman snaps up $50 ‘Renoir’: Experts say a painting bought for a few dollars at a US flea market may turn out to be a a work by French master Pierre-Auguste Renoir.
  • Elvis Bible auctioned for £59,000: A Bible which once belonged to Elvis Presley sells for £59,000 at an auction in Greater Manchester.
  • Shipwrecked teen ‘drifted in bin’: A teenage Alaska fisherman cast adrift when his boat sank floats for 26 hours in a plastic fish bin before his rescue by the US Coast Guard.
  • Nursery offers parents love time: Nursery workers in central Denmark offer two hours’ free childcare for parents each week in a novel scheme to boost the birth rate.
  • Obese elephants given slimming help: Authorities in India are being presented with an massive task: managing the weight of obese elephants kept in temples.
  • Affectionate dog shoots huntsman: A dog inadvertently shoots his master in the hand on a hunt in France but the huntsman blames himself for not applying the gun’s safety catch.
  • Fresco ‘destroyer’ demands fees: The woman who ruined a prized fresco of Jesus Christ in Spain demands royalties after her botched restoration becomes a hit with tourists.
  • Brazil driver in bridge rescue: A lorry driver in southern Brazil is rescued by passers-by after an accident that left him hanging over the edge of a high bridge.
  • Synchronised Zimbabwe loo flush: Residents of Zimbabwe’s city of Bulawayo take part in a synchronised toilet flush organised to prevent sewage pipes becoming blocked.
  • Norway family wins third lottery: A family in Norway is celebrating its third lottery win, with each windfall coinciding with a pregnancy or birth.
  • Mogul’s prize for wooing daughter: Hong Kong business magnate Cecil Chao offers a $65m (£40m) “marriage bounty” to any man who can successfully woo and wed his lesbian daughter.
  • Iran news agency falls for spoof: An Iranian news agency reproduces a report from a US satirical website which says rural Americans would rather vote for Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad than Barack Obama.
  • Bonnie and Clyde guns fetch $0.5m: Guns used by American gangsters Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were among a host of outlaws’ memorabilia up for auction, fetching more than $500,000.
  • Italy ‘buys more bikes than cars’: More bicycles than cars were sold in Italy last year for the first time in decades, local media report, a trend attributed largely to the economic crisis.
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