Weird news


July 21, 2017

A council has ordered an elderly man to remove his mooning gnomes due to health and safety.

Laurence Perry, 77, placed the two garden ornaments outside his home in Wistaston near Nantwich, Cheshire, but received a letter saying the miniature statues, with their trousers down, can cause a "distraction" to motorists, the Mirror Online has reported.

Speaking about the incident, Laurence said: "I feel very disappointed. My daughter bought them for Father's Day as a bit of fun, as she knows I like a laugh.

"I've worked with others for four years to turn a piece of land which had been left overgrown, covered in broken bottles and bricks, into a more attractive area."

Laurence was subsequently ordered to remove his possessions within seven days or the council will get a workman to remove them, which he will have to pay for.

A duckling was rescued from underground pipes by an RSPCA officer who played a duck video on her phone.

An RSPCA animal collection officer named Cat Strawford was called to Amington Industrial Estate, Tamworth, after the public contacted the animal welfare charity when they noticed a baby duck was lodged in the confined space.

Speaking about the animal's near-death experience on the organisation's website, Cat said: "The poor duckling had fallen down a drain, and as a result had got himself stuck in underground pipes.

"He was so far within the pipes that I could hear him but, sadly, I was unable to see or reach him."

But Cat used her initiative and decided to play "duck noises" on her phone to encourage the trapped bird to waddle to safety.

She continued: "I decided to bring up some duck noises from YouTube on my phone and played them down the pipes.

"We were running out of options, so it seemed to be the best thing to do.

"The sound must have echoed all the way down the pipes, and the next thing I know the duckling came running out and I caught him with my net."

The duckling is now being cared for at the RSPCA's Stapeley Grange Wildlife Centre in Cheshire.

A new study has revealed the majority of British people are failing to take a break throughout the day.

Research carried out by Kettle Chips has found more than 90 per cent of people rarely leave their offices for fresh air, two in 10 people take a full hour for lunch, while more than three-quarters have admitted they don't dedicate a full hour to have breather from their workload.

And the survey has also discovered, on average, people take less than 30 minutes lunch break, as more than half of employees believe they have too much work on their hands to take a break.

The research also reveals the average working Brit will eat the same meal for lunch three times a week.