Funny stories from around the world

Some more funny and random headlines from around the world: Rowling unmasked as crime novelist:

Norway PM works as secret cab driver: Norway’s PM Jens Stoltenberg spent a day working undercover as a taxi driver in Oslo, he reveals, saying he wanted to hear voters’ real views.

Venezuela gets tough on hair thieves: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro calls on the police to act against gangs who are stealing women’s hair.

Forty pythons found in Canada motel: Canadian animal welfare officers in Brantford, Ontario, rescue 40 distressed pythons from plastic storage bins in a motel room.

Isolated Peru tribe ‘asks for food’: Members of one of the most isolated tribes on Earth have briefly emerged from the Peruvian jungle to ask for food, activists say.

Wayward China toilet users face fine: Public toilet users in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen are to be fined if they cannot urinate accurately in city facilities.

‘Alien’ gargoyle on ancient abbey: A gargoyle on a historic 13th Century abbey causes a social media sensation with its resemblance to the monster from the Alien films.

Woman settles $105,000 parking fine: A Chicago woman settles $105,000 (£67,540) in parking fines assessed after her car was abandoned at an airport in 2009, local media report.

Widower’s love song makes top 10: A 96-year-old who wrote a touching love song to his late wife enters the top 10 on the US iTunes chart.

Queen’s limousine auctioned for £40k: A car that was once owned and driven by the Queen sells for £40,500 at auction.

Men’s height ‘up 11cm since 1870s’: The average height of European men has risen by almost 11cm since the mid-19th century, experts have found.

NZ man escapes ‘stalking’ crocodile: A New Zealand tourist has returned to safety after being menaced by a large crocodile off Western Australia for two weeks, a report says.

Man buys tweet to complain about BA: A disgruntled customer has used the same social media ad tools as BA to complain about lost luggage.

Bob Geldof set to travel into space: Bob Geldof has announced he will travel into space as a passenger on a commercial flight.

Pope Francis gifted 20-year-old car: An Italian priest gives Pope Francis a 20-year-old white Renault 4 to drive himself around Vatican city.

Bulgarian man swims lake tied in bag: A Bulgarian man has swum more than 2km (1.25 miles) tied up in a bag in a bid to set a Guinness World record, event organisers say.

Funny stories from around the world

Some more funny and random headlines from around the world:

  • German flea circus hit by freeze: A flea circus in Germany has been scrambling to replace its performers after the entire troupe was wiped out by the freezing weather.
  • Motown piano returns to Detroit: A grand piano used in the Motown Records studios is restored and put on display at a museum dedicated to the legendary record label.
  • Tolkien ‘curse ring’ goes on display: An ancient gold ring thought to have inspired JRR Tolkien to write The Hobbit goes on display at a Tudor house in Hampshire.
  • Exhaled breath is unique fingerprint: Scientists report that compounds present in breath are unique to individuals – a “breathprint” – and could be exploited in a range of medical applications.
  • Male baldness ‘indicates heart risk’: Men going thin on top may be more likely to have heart problems than their friends with a full head of hair, according to researchers in Japan.
  • Libraries to store UK web content: Six major libraries are to collect and preserve the UK’s increasing cultural and intellectual output that appears in digital form, including tweets and blogs.
  • Queen honoured with Bafta award: The Queen receives an honorary Bafta for her support for British film at a glittering ceremony – and is described as “the most memorable Bond girl yet”.
  • Bulgaria prays to end suicides: Bulgaria begins three days of special prayers requested by the country’s president because of national pessimism and a spate of suicides.
  • Chinese tourists top spending league: The Chinese have become the single biggest source of global tourism income after spending $102bn (£67bn; 79bn euros) while travelling abroad in 2012.
  • Mali ‘to replace eaten French camel’: An official says Mali is to send the French president a replacement camel after the first, given to him as a gift, was eaten.
  • US ‘hermit’ held in food burglaries: A man who lived as a hermit in the Maine woods for nearly three decades committed more than 1,000 burglaries for food and supplies, police say.
  • Bank ‘error’ on James Joyce coin: The Central Bank of Ireland has said it regrets an error on a new commemorative coin which misquotes James Joyce.
  • Team reconstructs ‘human ancestor’: The most complete view yet of a possible human ancestor uncovered in South Africa has revealed an intriguing mix of human and ape traits.
  • Airport tech reveals hidden artwork: Researchers reveal a fresco hidden beneath the surface of a known forgery at the Louvre museum – using technology similar to that of airport scanners.
  • Actress claim against IMDb rejected: An actress who sued Amazon.com after her age was posted on its Internet Movie Database has her claim rejected by a federal jury in Seattle.