The World’s Most Homoerotic Homophobes Are Now Mounting a Giant Pole in Tiny Pink Shorts

In France, there wages a (bizarre and perhaps unintentional) war among the country’s anti-gay groups. In this war, there is apparently a race to to be, at once, more homoerotic and more homophobic than the next anti-gay group. Today we meet La Manif Pour Tous, who decided a bunch of very fit shirtless men straddling a giant pole is the best way to flaunt their anti-gay stance.

Shirtless guys … on top of one another … clutching a giant pole … in pink shorts and those guys are protesting gay marriage? This has to be some kind of joke, your brain is probably telling you. But we kid you not. Those men are holding the logo La Manif Pour Tous, an anti-gay group in France, and are featured on the group’s Facebook page. And while those boys look like an ad for a gay adult summer camp, this trend of homoerotic homophobia is actually going on in France — via

Do try not to get your penis stuck in a toaster. A message from the fire brigade

It sounds barmy doesn’t it, the London Fire Brigade telling people about men putting their genitals where they shouldn’t? But the fact of the matter is people put body parts in strange places all the time, get stuck, and then call us out to release them. We’re not just talking one or two; our crews have been called out to over 1,300 unusual incidents since 2010 — that’s more than one a day.

Granted, they’re not all penis-related, but some are very silly: people with loo seats on their heads, a man with his arm trapped in a portable toilet, adults stuck in children’s toys, someone with a test tube on his finger. And a lot of handcuffs. More than 25 people call us out every year to release them from these. I don’t know whether it’s the Fifty Shades effect or not, but I can tell you this, most are Fifty Shades of Red by the time we turn up in a big, red fire engine with our equipment to cut them out — via

Gang tattoo leads to a murder conviction

The process was routine. LA County Sheriff’s homicide investigator Kevin Lloyd was flipping through snapshots of tattooed gang members.

Then one caught his attention.

Inked on the pudgy chest of a young Pico Rivera gangster who had been picked up and released on a minor offence was the scene of a 2004 liquor store slaying that had stumped Lloyd for more than four years.

Each key detail was right there: the Christmas lights that lined the roof of the liquor store where 23-year-old John Juarez was gunned down, the direction his body fell, the bowed street lamp across the way and the street sign — all under the chilling banner of RIVERA KILLS, a reference to the gang Rivera-13.

As if to seal the deal, below the collarbone of the gang member known by the alias Chopper was a miniature helicopter raining down bullets on the scene.

Lloyd’s discovery of the tattoo in 2008 launched a bizarre investigation that soon led to Anthony Garcia’s arrest for the shooting. Then sheriff’s detectives, posing as gang members, began talking to Garcia, 25, in his holding cell. They got a confession that this week led to a first-degree murder conviction in a killing investigators had once all but given up hope of solving — via

Austrian man charged after 56 human skulls are found at his home

An Austrian man is to be charged with disturbing the peace of the dead after police found 56 human skulls and 55 other bones at a museum he had created in his home.

Police in the province of Burgenland said the relics were taken without authorisation from a church cemetery and had now been returned.

The 47-year-old man, whose name was not immediately released, came to the attention of police when he tried to sell three skulls and two thigh bones at a flea market — via

Scandal in China over the museum with 40,000 fake artefacts

A museum in China has a problem. It seems to have a few fakes in its vast collection. Well, as many as 40,000. Everything it owns may be nothing more than a mass of crude forgeries.

Wei Yingjun, a consultant to the Jibaozhai Museum in Jizhou, about 150 miles south of Beijing, insists the situation is not that bad. He is quite positive that 80 or even more pieces out of tens of thousands in the museum are authentic.

In spite of this sterling defence, regional authorities in Hebei province have closed the museum amid a national scandal driven by some very free speech on China’s internet. One online satirist suggested it should reopen as a museum of fakes — If you can’t be the best, why not be the worst?

Maybe that’s a good idea. All museums have a couple of fakes in their collections. Sometimes they own up to them, sometimes they put any dubious artefacts in a dark storeroom – and sometimes they don’t know. But a collection that its accusers claim is entirely inauthentic is in its way a masterpiece of museology — via

Man dies after cow falls through roof of a house in Caratinga, Brazil

A cow has fallen through the roof of a house in Brazil, killing a man and narrowly missing his wife.

The cow was grazing on a hill behind the house in the town of Caratinga when it stepped onto the asbestos roof which collapsed under its weight.

A 45-year-old man was lying in bed when the animal fell on him.

He was taken to hospital but died a day later — via

Melbourne man who tortured and executed his own brother-in-law

This is Yeng Jun Wu — a bankrupt businessman who was jailed for 27 years after brutally murdering his brother-in-law and removing his brain.

Supreme Court Justice Terry Forrest said that in his 35 years in criminal law he had never seen a crime as appallingly and gratuitously violent.

Justice Forrest said Yeng Jun Wu’s torture and execution of his brother-in-law Shao Qing Victor Chen and the subsequent defiling of his body were aggravating factors of his offending.

Mr Chen had most likely been asleep when Wu, who owed him more than $250,000, set upon him in his bedroom with a heavy, sharp weapon believed to be a machete or an axe.

He was struck repeatedly before being coerced down the stairs and killed despite trying to ward off the murderous attack, Justice Forrest said on Tuesday.

Mr Chen’s distraught wife, Yan Yan Wang, was in tears as the judge described how during the attack, Wu removed Mr Chen’s brain and placed it near his head — via

Brazilian referee beheaded by spectators after he fatally stabs player

Police in northern Brazil say one man has been arrested after a referee who fatally stabbed a player during a match was decapitated by spectators who stormed the field.

Local reports said the incident, which took place on 30 June in the remote Brazilian town of Pio XII, escalated when the player, 30-year-old Josenir dos Santos, became involved in an argument with the referee, Octavio da Silva.

As the confrontation became physical and Dos Santos refused to leave the field, Da Silva allegedly produced a knife and stabbed the player, who died while being taken to hospital.

Reports said that outraged spectators responded by running on to the field and stoning Da Silva, before severing his head and sticking it on a stake in the middle of the field — via

Dogs in Elk / Anne Verchick

They’re inside of it. They crawled inside, and now I have a giant incredibly heavy piece of carcass in my yard, with 2 dogs inside of it, and they are not getting bored of it and coming out. One of them is snoring. I have company arriving in three hours, and my current plan is to 1. put up a tent over said carcass and 2. hang thousands of fly strips inside it. This has been going on since about 6:40 this morning — via Robert Burke

Crash leaves man and dog covered in paint

Crash leaves man and dog covered in paint

A Tuesday afternoon car crash near Belfair left a man and his dog shaken and covered in paint.

Washington State Patrol trooper Russ Winger said the driver was alone with his dog on SR-302 southwest of Belfair when he somehow lost control of his SUV and went off the road just just after 3.00pm.

The man was hauling buckets of paint, which went flying on impact and left the man, his dog and the SUV coated in paint — via

Police: Columbus Man Rips Off Own Penis During Mushroom-Fueled Rampage

An Ohio man remains hospitalised after mutilating himself in a drug-fuelled craze.

Washtenaw County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a burglar alarm at Ypsilanti Middle School in the middle of the night. Police found the 41-year-old man naked, screaming and bleeding from his groin.

The man had ripped off parts of his own genitals and had lost enough blood to make it a life threatening situation.

The man, along with the parts he tore off were transferred to an area hospital — via

It’s official: SEO spam is out of control

Check out this email an SEO provider sent to someone at Google. Um, Google’s probably happy with its search ranking, buddy.

Oh boy. We couldn’t help but laugh at reading about this spammy-looking email sent by someone offering help with SEO.

Sound familiar? Apparently they’d been browsing a site and – what luck! – they think they can make a few changes that will “get it placed higher in the organic search results”!

Only thing is, the site they think they can improve is

Yep, apparently this supplier of SEO services sent one of these spammy emails we’re so familiar with to someone at Google itself. If they can improve Google’s search ranking, they’re must be pretty good at what they do.

Check out this email an SEO provider sent to someone at Google. Um, Google’s probably happy with its search ranking, buddy.

Oh boy. We couldn’t help but laugh at reading about this spammy-looking email sent by someone offering help with SEO.

Sound familiar? Apparently they’d been browsing a site and — what luck! — they think they can make a few changes that will get it placed higher in the organic search results!

Only thing is, the site they think they can improve is

Yep, apparently this supplier of SEO services sent one of these spammy emails we’re so familiar with to someone at Google itself. If they can improve Google’s search ranking, they’re must be pretty good at what they do — via

Horseplay gone awry

Horseplay gone awry

Some people hate Mondays, and now perhaps at least one horse in Barbour County does too.

The horse, named Rowdy, fell into a sticky situation Monday when he found himself stuck in a large tyre on a farm in Belington. The tyre apparently holds water for the livestock, and when some local residents found Rowdy stuck, they were afraid he was going to drown.

It is still unclear how the horse found himself in such a mess — via

New Zealand burglar hands himself in after finding dead body

A terrified burglar in New Zealand has handed himself in to police after breaking into a house and stumbling across a dead body.

His screams alerted neighbours in the North Island town of Hamilton, who thought it was a domestic dispute.

Police say the man died hours before the burglary, but might otherwise not have been discovered for days.

The 26-year-old burglar was arrested before helping police with their inquiries — via

Police put brakes on rocket-powered skateboarder in outback Qld

A man has been issued with a ticket for riding a rocket-propelled skateboard on the main street of a western Queensland town.

Police in Barcaldine, east of Longreach, spotted the skateboarder on Oak Street about 10.00pm (AEST) on Saturday.

District officer Inspector Michael Fawcett says the man was not wearing a helmet and officers were surprised to witness the dangerous incident.

They noticed him activate something that looked like a rocket that was attached to the rear of the skateboard, he said.

When they did actually catch up with him, he’d actually duct taped a small rocket to the skateboard and was using that to propel himself down the road.

I understand the rocket was commercially available. On talking to the officers there, they didn’t notice that it made a whole heap of difference to his speed — via

Rogue beer fridge caught by Telstra robot

A beer fridge in north-east Victoria is the latest victim of an increasingly-sophisticated software robot employed by Telstra to identify things that interfere with its mobile network.

The Herald Sun reported late Sunday night that the rogue beer fridge had been traced to a Wangaratta man’s garage after an investigation by Telstra’s operations personnel.

The fridge is believed to have been interrupting mobile signals in several neighbourhoods of the town of 17,000, which lies about 230km from Melbourne.

Though it is at the more unusual end of the spectrum of equipment that might interfere with mobile networks, Telstra’s area team manager for mobile coverage delivery in the Victorian metropolitan, Richard Henderson, told iTnews it is one example of hundreds and hundreds of investigative interference jobs that are done each year across the country — via

Burger King Thieves, Gabriel Gonzalez and Jeremy Lovitt Lose Car

It was a simple plan. They would leave their car running, dash inside the Burger King, take the money from the registers, run back out, and speed away. Then there was a small glitch, the thieves lost their car.

Gabriel Gonzalez, 19, and Jeremy Lovitt, 23, entered a Stockton Burger King Monday evening. As they were coming in, an employee snuck out the back door. The armed robbers proceeded to take the money from the registers. The employee realized the car left with the engine running was theirs, and drove it around the corner.

As Gonzalez and Lovitt exited the fast food restaurant, their car was nowhere to be found. They took off running, only to be captured by police in a field a few blocks away.

I haven’t heard of any employee actually leaving a business, getting inside the suspect vehicle, and trying to hide it, says a Stockton officer — via

Man in suit of armour in police stand-off

A man wearing a suit of armour and wielding a sword is involved in a stand-off with police near Shepparton, in Victoria’s north.

The man is holding several police at bay at a caravan park at Congupna.

Police say they are concerned for the man’s welfare after he failed to make a scheduled appearance in court this morning — via

Man trampled to death by cows

A man has been trampled to death by a herd of cows, police say.

The incident happened in a field in Turleigh, near Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire, on Monday afternoon. The emergency services were called at about 12.30pm but the man, in his 60s, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Another man was seriously injured in the incident and airlifted to Frenchay hospital in Bristol by the Wiltshire air ambulance — via

Obituary: Antonia Larroux

Waffle House lost a loyal customer on 30 April 2013. Antonia W Toni Larroux died after a battle with multiple illnesses: lupus, rickets, scurvy, kidney disease and feline leukemia. She had previously conquered polio as a child contributing to her unusually petite ankles and the nickname polio legs given to her by her ex-husband, Jean F Larroux, Jr. It should not be difficult to imagine the multiple reasons for their divorce 35+ years ago. Two children resulted from that marriage: Hayden Hoffman and Jean F Larroux, III. Due to multiple, anonymous Mother’s Day cards which arrived each May, the children suspect there were other siblings but that has never been verified.

She is survived by the two confirmed, aforementioned children. Her favourite child, Jean III, eloped in college and married Kim Fulford who dearly loved Toni. They gave Toni three grandchildren: Jean IV, Ann Elizabeth and Hannah Grace. Toni often remarked that her son, Jean III, was just like his father, her ex-husband, Jean Jr, a statement that haunts her son to this day.

Hayden Hoffman married Stephen Hoffman of Charleston, WV. They reside in Bay St Louis and carry the Larroux family torch forward through each and every Happy Hour, Mardi Gras and cocktail party. Steve’s quiet demeanour has provided ballast to an otherwise unstable family. They have two children: Charlie and Helen (the well-behaved child Toni’s daughter, Hayden deserved to raise.)

Toni had four sisters: Patty the elder, Kitty the cook, Lisa the lawyer and Piji… the… piji. The sisters dearly loved Toni; spoke often and as one family photo proved, all preferred Clairol blonde in a box #47. They inherited their unique sense of humour from their father, Paul P Marvellous White. He gave nicknames to all the girls such as tittle mouse, kittycat, bouder bounce, spooker mcdougle and poodle pump.

Toni previously served on the board of the Hancock County Library Foundation. Ironically, the only correspondence she has received from the library since her resignation has been overdue notices for several overdue books (a true statement.) Between ICU, dialysis and physical therapy she selfishly refused to make the time to return them. Her last words were, tell them that the cheque is in the mail… Toni retired from GE Plastics after Hurricane Katrina in 2007. She would undoubtedly cherish the thought of having the former smoking room named in her honour.

Any send-off for Toni would not be complete without mentioning her lifelong buddy Myrtle Jane Wingo Haas and her adopted daughters Liz & Laura. She considered Aaron Burrell to be a distant grandson (not distant enough) and had the ability with family pets to usher them toward heaven at an unrivalled pace. Her favourite activity was sipping hot tea on her back porch with friends seated around her porch ensemble from Dollar General (again, not kidding.) This will be sold to the highest bidder at her garage ‘estate’ sale. Any gifts in her honour should be made to the Hancock County Library Foundation (to the overdue book fund.)

Visitation will be held at Edmond Fahey Funeral Home in Bay St Louis, Mississippi on Saturday, 4 May at 9.30am. Her memorial service will begin at 11.00am. (another true statement.) It will be led by Reverend Curt Moore of Orlando, Florida, a questionable choice for any spiritual event, but one the family felt would be appropriate due to the fact that every time Toni heard Curt preach she prayed for Jesus to return at that very moment.

On a last but serious note, the woman who loved life and taught her children to laugh at the days to come is now safely in the arms of Jesus and dancing at the wedding feast of the Lamb. She will be missed as a mother, friend and grandmother. Anyone wearing black will not be admitted to the memorial. She is not dead. She is alive.

Edmond Fahey Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements — via

Chilli bucket emptied over alleged takeaway robber

A man has been left red-faced after being doused with chilli while allegedly trying to rob a takeaway in Sydney’s south.

Police say the 24-year-old man had a bucket of chilli poured over his head when a female employee tried to stop him stealing money from the till at Rosebery last night.

Officers found the man lying on the floor suffering burns to his face — via

4Real? NZ reveals banned baby names

New Zealand officials have released a list of baby names put forward by parents that were rejected because they were too bizarre or offensive, including Lucifer and Mafia No Fear.

The list of 77 names reveals one child was set to be called Anal before the Department of Internal Affairs vetoed the proposal, while another narrowly avoided being dubbed . or full stop.

Other names on the list included 4Real, V8, and Queen Victoria.

In some cases, parents appeared to have lost any inspiration for coming up with a moniker for their offspring, wanting to call the latest addition to the family simply 2nd, 3rd or 5th.

The department’s rules forbid any name that might imply a child holds an official title or rank, so King, Duke and Princess were among those that had been turned down most since 2001 — via

Suspects arrested after standoff in New Haven

The New Haven Police Department had to improvise during a standoff to coax two suspects, who were wanted for stealing a car, out of a house by literally barking like dogs.

The standoff came after investigators said the two men led them on a chase through Hamden into the Elm City.

Officers were called to a home on Emerson Street at after masked men were seen entering the residence at 10:40 a.m.

The officer knew that the first floor was vacant, no one was home on the second floor and there was a family on the third floor who were told by police to lock their doors and stay put.

A dozen officers surrounded the multi-family house.

He’s pretty scared to get back into his house, said Gideon Gurley, who witnessed the standoff. It’s not good for the neighbourhood.

According to police, Kwame Wells-Jordan, 20, of Hamden and Norman Boone, 23, of New Haven were holed up in the stairwell of the home.

Police hostage negotiators threatened to unleash the canine units, but the dogs weren’t available.

So they had officers pretend to bark like dogs and it worked.

The two men walked outside and were arrested on the spot — via

Man arrested over poisoned shoes murder plot

A Japanese man who allegedly tried to kill a woman he was stalking by putting poison in her shoes has been arrested.

The woman, who is a colleague of suspect Tatsujiro Fukasawa, did not die but developed gangrene in part of her left foot, police said.

It was not known to what extent she was injured or if she had to have any amputations.

Fukasawa, 40, allegedly put hydrofluoric acid, a highly caustic chemical, in her shoes in December, a police spokeswoman said — via

Cops: Teen who said Ninjas did it shot himself

An Elmwood Park teen was injured Friday night in what police believe was a self-inflicted shooting, police said.

The 17-year-old boy was in a vehicle with female friends when he was shot at about 7.20pm, according to what he told police, said Chicago Police Department News Affairs Officer John Mirabelli.

The boy was at Loyola Hospital in Maywood with a wound to his left groin area when police were called there at 8.15pm, Mirabelli said.

Initially, the boy told police he was outside on the 3300 block of North Harlem Avenue at 7.20pm when two men dressed in black and wearing Ninja masks jumped out of a black van, said Mirabelli. The boy initially told police at least one of the men had a semi-automatic handgun and shot him, Mirabelli said.

After police received the information, police went to the alleged shooting scene but could not find any evidence of the shooting. In addition, the police interviewed potential witnesses and reviewed surveillance video but failed to find any evidence of the attack, Mirabelli said.

After police returned to the hospital, they confronted the teen with their lack of findings. The boy continued to give conflicting information, Mirabelli said.

Eventually, the boy, who has gang ties, told police he was driving in a vehicle with several female friends when he was playing with a gun and it discharged in his lap and struck him — via

On Campus, Costly Target of Brazen Thefts: Nutella

People take silverware, cups and plates, and that adds up over the course of a year to a lot of money, he said. With Nutella, it added up much more quickly. Where Dining might have to spend $50,000 to replace silverware and cups, they were spending thousands of dollars on Nutella in one week.

Ms Dunn told me it was close to $5,000 in that first week, he said. As for the amount of Nutella that Columbia students were consuming, or at least loading up on and walking away with, he said, I was told it was more than 100 pounds per day.

How much more? That was all I got, he said.

Before hanging up on a reporter who called on Wednesday, Ms Dunn said: I’m not allowed to comment on anything. You have to go through university communications.

A spokeswoman declined to comment on the Nutella situation at Columbia. She said that numbers quoted in The Columbia Daily Spectator — and repeated by Mr Bailinson in a telephone interview on Wednesday — were speculative and inaccurate and that the cost figures were roughly 10 times greater than the actual figures.

Nutella is widely available on school campuses, though precise figures could not be obtained. It was also unclear whether Nutella hoarding had become a financial concern on other campuses — via

OAP neighbour from hell

A pensioner branded a neighbour from hell has been warned that she must keep the peace for six months or face a fine after destroying a homeowner’s flower bed — in an apparent row over a squirrel.

Marion Webster, 78, has been reported to police at least 40 times by long-suffering neighbours for her anti-social behaviour.

She was found guilty of criminal damage last October for tearing out £50 of flowers from a neighbour’s flower beds at Solihull Magistrates Court — via

Mystery as tourist’s body found in hotel water tank in Los Angeles

Police are trying to determine whether the death of a 21-year-old Canadian tourist at a Los Angeles hotel was an accident or a murder.

Elisa Lam, of Vancouver, British Columbia, was discovered in a water tank on the roof of the budget 600-room Cecil Cecil Hotel after guests complained of low water pressure, AP reported.

Police sources told the LA Times mystery surrounds her death and it was hoped an autopsy would yield more clues because there appeared no obvious trauma on her body.

It was also not yet known how long she had been in the tank — via

DIA Parking Lots Consider Measures To Stop Bunnies From Attacking Cars

It’s a problem that plagues passengers who park at Denver International Airport — bunnies are causing hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars in damage to cars.

The rabbits eat the wires under the hood.

The USDA Wildlife Service is removing at least 100 bunnies every month but the problem persists.

I see at least dozens every morning. They go hide under the cars and the cars are warm, said airport shuttle driver Michelle Anderson.

They like to chew on the insulator portion of the ignition cables. That’s what we see, said Arapahoe Autotek spokesman Wiley Faris — via

TV station hacker warns of zombies in Montana

A Montana television station’s regular programming was interrupted by news of a zombie apocalypse.

The Montana Television Network says hackers broke into the Emergency Alert System of Great Falls affiliate KRTV and its CW station Monday.

KRTV says on its website the hackers broadcast that dead bodies are rising from their graves in several Montana counties.

The alert claimed the bodies were attacking the living and warned people not to approach or apprehend these bodies as they are extremely dangerous.

The network says there is no emergency and its engineers are investigating — via

It Takes Planning, Caution to Avoid Being It

Earlier this month, Brian Dennehy started a new job as chief marketing officer of Nordstrom Inc. In his first week, he pulled aside a colleague to ask a question: How hard it is for a non-employee to enter the building?

Mr Dennehy doesn’t have a particular interest in corporate security. He just doesn’t want to be It.

Mr Dennehy and nine of his friends have spent the past 23 years locked in a game of Tag.

It started in high school when they spent their morning break darting around the campus of Gonzaga Preparatory School in Spokane, Wash. Then they moved on — to college, careers, families and new cities. But because of a reunion, a contract and someone’s unusual idea to stay in touch, tag keeps pulling them closer. Much closer.

The game they play is fundamentally the same as the schoolyard version: One player is It until he tags someone else. But men in their 40s can’t easily chase each other around the playground, at least not without making people nervous, so this tag has a twist. There are no geographic restrictions and the game is live for the entire month of February. The last guy tagged stays It for the year.

That means players get tagged at work and in bed. They form alliances and fly around the country. Wives are enlisted as spies and assistants are ordered to bar players from the office.

/q>You’re like a deer or elk in hunting season, says Joe Tombari, a high-school teacher in Spokane, who sometimes locks the door of his classroom during off-periods and checks under his car before he gets near it — via

Johannesburg dreadlock thieves cut hair and run

The theft of dreadlocks in Johannesburg is thought to be because of the rising demand for natural dreadlocks as extensions.

Erin Conway-Smith, Globalpost’s senior correspondent in South Africa, wrote wrote The Times, a Johannesburg newspaper, has reported that a growing number of people with dreadlocks are having their hair stolen. Jasper Munsinwa described how his friend’s dreads were stolen while out partying at a Johannesburg club.

Munsinwa’s friend, Mutsa Madonko, was found passed out, and his hair shorn — but unusually for South Africa, his cellphone and wallet were untouched.

The demand is thought to be coming from the hairstyle trend of dreadlock extensions — with the ultimate being real hair rather than synthetic — and trendsetters are willing to pay for a natural look — via

Watermelon used as weapon in bus assault

Northern Territory police have arrested a 40-year-old man for smashing a watermelon over a bus driver’s head in Darwin’s northern suburbs.

Police say the attack began when the driver asked the man to pay his bus fare.

Watch Commander Debbie Gabolinscy says the man got off the bus after the watermelon attack but then got back on and continued the assault — via

Family protests suspension of child over toy gun talk

The family of a Pennsylvania kindergartner suspended from school for talking about a soap bubble toy gun is protesting her punishment and wants her record cleared, an attorney for the family said on Monday.

The unidentified 5-year-old child from Mount Carmel in eastern Pennsylvania was suspended after she talked on January 10 about a Hello Kitty Bubble Gun while waiting for a bus after school, said attorney Robin Ficker.

According to the attorney, the little girl said to a friend: I’m going to shoot you and I will shoot myself, and we’ll all play together.

Her comments were overheard by an adult who reported them to the school, he said.

But the toy shoots only soap bubbles, and the girl did not even have one, he said — via

Russian Military Ordered to Switch Portyanki for Socks

Near the end of World War II, Soviet and American soldiers met at the Elbe River in Germany. Lacking a common language, they compared their boots.

The Americans wore socks and lace-up boots. The Russians wore something that boggled the minds of their allies from the West: pieces of cloth twirled around their feet and inserted into bulky, knee-high boots.

The cloth strips, called portyanki, have been a signature element of the Russian military uniform since the 16th century. On Monday Russia’s minister of defence issued an order for a militarywide switch to socks.

I have an instruction for you, the minister, Sergei K Shoigu, said to a gathering of the equivalent of the chiefs of staff and regional commanders in comments broadcast on NTV television news. In 2013, or at least by the end of this year, we will forget foot bindings. I’m asking you, please, if there is need we will provide additional funds. But we need to finally, fully reject this concept in our armed forces.

It is hardly the stuff to alarm a Central Intelligence Agency military analyst. But it sheds light on the Russian military all the same — via

Man recovering in hospital after beating, dragging

A Volusia County man is in fair condition after he was beaten and dragged behind his ex-wife’s truck, according to investigators.

Three people are accused in the attempted-homicide of Robert Hall. Doctors do expect him to survive.

Officials said 46-year-old Joan Hobart of New Smyrna Beach was arrested Wednesday. Hall’s 61-year-old ex-wife, Jeanette Morris, and her brother, 63-year-old Harold Anderson, were arrested first.

Investigators said Morris still lives with Hall and learned he had another woman over while she was away.

Morris, Anderson and Hall were all drinking together when a fight began.

Deputies said Morris and Anderson beat up Hall, waved a gun around and used a stun gun on him. He was then tied up by Hobart and Morris and dragged from the back of a truck for about a half mile, according to authorities.

Hall told authorities that at one point they stopped the truck and were overheard saying that they were going to drive and find a hole to bury him in — via

Florida Man Found Driving Around With Traffic Sign Embedded In His Skull

When Florida Highway Patrol officers pulled over an erratically swerving grey Camaro yesterday outside of St Augustine, they figured they had a standard DUI on their hands. The driver, 63-year-old Leslie Richard Newton, had in fact been boozing and driving, the FHP says — but that’s not the main reason he was having trouble staying in his lane.

Newton had a piece of a traffic sign embedded in his skull.

It’s not entirely clear when the signage ended up in Newton’s head, but Jacksonville’s Fox30 reports he rammed into a sign earlier in the evening on eastbound SR 16 outside of St Augustine.

Photos of his Camaro show a front headlight bashed in and some window damage; apparently Newton hit the sign hard enough for a chunk of it to fly into his cranium — via

Moustache Transplants on the Rise in the Middle East

Thick, handsome moustaches have long been prized by men throughout the Middle East as symbols of masculine virility, wisdom and maturity.

But not all moustaches are created equal, and in recent years, increasing numbers of Middle Eastern men have been going under the knife to attain the perfect specimen.

Turkish plastic surgeon Selahattin Tulunay says the number of moustache implants he performs has boomed in the last few years. He now performs 50-60 of the procedures a month, on patients who hail mostly from the Middle East and travel to Turkey as medical tourists — via

German Man Accuses Lover of Trying to Kill Him With Her Breasts

A high-flying lawyer fled naked in terror after his girlfriend used her 38DD breasts to try to kill him, a German court has heard.

Tim Schmidt, 30, said buxom girlfriend Franziska Hansen, 33, mounted her assault while they were having sex because she was jealous of his successful career.

She denies a charge of attempted manslaughter with a weapon, after the incident in the town of Unna in May. According to her, it was a sex game gone wrong and Schmidt panicked — via

Why Thai women cut off their husbands’ penises

About once per decade, the medical profession takes a careful look back at Thailand’s plethora of penile amputations. The first great reckoning appeared in a 1983 issue of the American Journal of Surgery. Surgical Management of an Epidemic of Penile Amputations in Siam, by Kasian Bhanganada and four fellow physicians at Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok, introduces the subject: It became fashionable in the decade after 1970 for the humiliated Thai wife to wait until her [philandering] husband fell asleep so that she could quickly sever his penis with a kitchen knife. A traditional Thai home is elevated on pilings and the windows are open to allow for ventilation. The area under the house is the home of the family pigs, chickens, and ducks. Thus, it is quite usual that an amputated penis is tossed out of an open window, where it may be captured by a duck.

The report explains, for readers in other countries: The Thai saying, ‘I better get home or the ducks will have something to eat,’ is therefore a common joke and immediately understood at all levels of society — via

Woman charged for sex with human skeleton

A woman in western Sweden who was arrested after police found skeletons in her apartment has now been charged for using the bones as sex toys, a hobby she claimed was motivated by an interest in history.

I have never heard of a case like this and neither have my colleagues, so I dare to say that this kind of case is quite uncommon, prosecutor Kristina Ehrenborg-Staffas told The Local.

A 37-year-old woman, who was arrested in September, was formally charged on Tuesday at the Gothenburg District Court for the crime of violating the peace of the dead (brott mot griftesfriden).

The prosecutor could not explain how the woman had managed to collect almost an entire skeleton, but explained that the human remains had been used in an “unethical” way.

In the confidential section of the investigation we have material which indicates she used them in sexual situations, the prosecutor told the TT news agency — via

Police Break Up Cat Party

Police in Suðurnes were, for possibly the first time in the history of the region, called out to break up a party being held by cats.

Morgunblaðið reports that residents living around a house known to be unoccupied for some time noticed several cats coming in and out of an open window. This piqued the curiosity of residents, who summarily called police to the location at around noon last Sunday.

Police arrived at the scene and, entering the house, found no people there. However, two to three cats — the exact number is still unclear — were allegedly occupying the house. According to police reports, the cats were snuggling on a couch that had been left behind by the previous residents.

Officers on the scene sprang into action, immediately evicting the cats from the house. They then ensured that all doors and windows into the house were securely closed and locked, in the hopes of preventing an incident of this sort from ever happening again — via

Burglar caught after accidentally filming raid on his iPhone

A burglar has been caught red-handed after accidentally filming a break-in on his mobile phone.

Emmanuel Jerome, 23, from Newsome, thought he had switched on a torch on his iPhone during the night-time burglary.

Instead, he mistakenly recorded the raid on its camera device.

Mr Jerome, who was found guilty of conspiracy to commit burglary last month, was sentenced to 44 weeks in prison this week — via