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.

Fake Bishop tries to sneak into Vatican meeting

Fake bishop

Vatican City is crowded with cardinals, fans, journalists, tourists, and souvenir sellers awaiting the papal conclave.  In the middle of this was a bishop wearing a too-short cassock.  Ralph Napierski of the Corpus Dei order (which he founded) made it through one layer of security, and even posed for pictures with the other cardinals before being expelled by Swiss Guards.

According to USA Today, security became suspicious of Napierski when they realized his cassock seemed shorter than appropriate. Also tip-offs: Napierski wore a black fedora instead of a skull-cap, and his bright purple sash was actually a common scarf.

According to The Telegraph, Napierski told reporters he belonged to the reportedly non-existent Italian Orthodox Church. A blog that appears to be associated with Napierski claims he is a bishop of a Catholic order called the Corpus Dei, also said to be fabricated. Napierski’s contact information on the blog points to an address in Germany.

Agence France-Presse reports Napierski told members of the media that his name is “Basilius,” and that he took particular issue with the Catholic church moving priests accused of paedophilia to different churches.

Napierski was headed to a private meeting with the other cardinals. There’s no word on what his actual goal was.  Click here for more on the story.