MONSTER-PYTHON: A gardener in the UK picked up what he thought was a branch —— only to find it was actually a five metre python.
Ronnie Kenyon was working on his allotment when he picked up the “branch” intending to throw it into a nearby river.
But the 58-year-old from Blackburn was surprised when it moved, reports the Daily Telegraph.
He said: “I got the shock of my life when it turned its head towards me and I put it straight down. It was as long as a truck. I thought somebody must have put it there as a joke.
“Then I thought it might be preparing to make a meal for itself out of my baby chicks and ducklings.”
He used bales of hay and chicken wire to construct a makeshift pen to trap the snake before calling the police. Police handed the giant snake over to local vets.
Sgt Graham Brownsmith, who handled the snake after advice from the RSPCA, said: “This is the largest snake I have had to deal with.” —— Ananova.
MOBILE-FIREWORK-DISPLAY: A cigarette smoker has been arrested in the US after he accidentally set off fireworks inside a moving car.
Francis Stranko (28) of Rhode Island, was arrested for being in possession of the fireworks.
No injuries were reported as a result of his unintentional display, reports the Pawtucket Times.
The arrest was made by Officer David Joseph who was called out following “a report of fireworks going off inside a vehicle”.
He arrived on the scene to find the black 1997 Infinity car parked in the middle of the road, with “large amounts of smoke and the smell of fireworks” coming from inside.
The driver told him that they had started to go off inside the vehicle while he was driving it.
When questioned, Stranko allegedly told police he had been smoking a cigarette inside the car when fireworks near his feet suddenly began going off. —— AP.
BRA-BANDIT: There’s a bra bandit on the loose in southwest Florida.Â Â Â
The County Sheriff’s Office was searching for an individual they say stole 160 bras valued at nearly US$6 000 from a Victoria’s Secret store, the latest in a string of bra burglaries in the area.
Since February, authorities say 452 bras valued at nearly US$19 000 have been stolen from two of the chain’s southwest Florida locations. Six different bra thefts at the stores have been reported during that time.
Investigators said a female customer walked into the store and immediately went to a four-drawer cabinet with new bras of the Pink brand name. The store manager said the woman waited until employees were busy helping customers and then thrust the bras into a bag and exited the store. —— AP.
PROVOCATIVE-QUESTIONS: An underdog in an election for governor of Bangkok punched and kicked a television journalist, saying he was provoked by tough questions during a live interview.
Chuvit Kamolvisit, dubbed Bangkok’s massage parlour king by the Thai press, later apologised for losing his temper and assaulting host Visarn Dilokwanich after the interview.
“I admit I did it. I couldn’t stand it when he humiliated me on air,” said Chuvit, a stocky former bodybuilder who owned a strip of girly bars before entering politics a few years ago.
“What I did was a petty crime and I am happy to pay the fine for elbowing him and kicking him,” Chuvit said. Visarn filed a complaint with police, saying Chuvit had “behaved like a thug”.
“He was very upset when I told him during the show that what he said off-air and on-air was totally different,” Visarn said, showing reporters bruises on his neck and head. —— Reuters.