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COSTLY MEMORY- A German businessman lost more than 10 000 euros (US$13 000) in a plastic bag after forgetting the cash in a public toilet, authorities said on Thursday.

Hesse state police said the man took the “five-figure” sum with him as he stopped to relieve himself in a motorway service station near Haiger in western Germany. He then drove off.

A police spokesman said it was not clear why the man took half an hour to notice his loss – by which time the money had gone. —— Reuters.

ID THEFT: The family of an 86-year-old woman who was billed for more than US$1 000 in phone sex calls suspects identify theft.

Arlene Hald recently received a credit-card bill addressed to her husband, Sylvester, who died nearly 20 years ago. Hald said they never had a credit card, yet an account in his name was charged.

Hald’s daughter, Peggy Rytych, believes her father was the victim of ID theft. She called the billing company, Preferred Platinum Plan, which agreed to remove the charges. – Msnbc.

RAINING MICE: There are so many mice in one Florida county courthouse that they’ve been seen falling from ceiling tiles.

One judge at the Palm Beach County Courthouse calls it an infestation. Some staffers say they check their handbags for stowaways before leaving the building each day.

Court employees and lawyers say the rodents scuttle down corridors, munch legal papers and scratch behind the walls. Last week, one mouse ran around a courtroom floor for an hour during a burglary trial. – Msnbc.

WOOFY WEDDING: An infant boy was married off to his neighbour’s dog in eastern India by villagers who said it would  stop the groom from being killed by wild animals, officials and witnesses said Wednesday.

Around 150 tribespeople performed the ritual recently in a hamlet in the state of Orissa’s Jajpur district after the boy, who is under two years old, grew a tooth on his upper gum.

The Munda tribe sees such a growth in young children as a bad omen and believes it makes them prone to attacks by tigers and other animals. The tribal god will bless the child and ward off evil spirits after the marriage. —— Msnbc.

COLOUR CLAMPDOWN: Public servants in the gritty central Chinese city of Zhengzhou should not sport “unnatural hair styles” or wear clothes that are too colourful, according to new city regulations.

From now on, Zhengzhou city officials should make sure their clothing matches and stay away from bright colour schemes, the regulations specify. Neatness and order are the order of the day.

“Don’t just dress any which way,” the regulations order. —— Reuters

PITCH INVASION: A helicopter stopped play in a domestic cricket game in India after the pilot mistook the pitch for a landing pad, local media reported on Sunday.

Players were forced to abort Saturday’s one-day game and scurry for cover when the hapless pilot set the chopper down on the letter ‘H’ painted in the corner of the cricket ground.

The ‘H’ stands for the name of the Himachal Pradesh team in the north-west Indian state.

A fire near the stadium also added to the confusion of the pilot, who misinterpreted it for smoke signals, according to the Hindustan Times.

The unscheduled arrival of the helicopter, owned by a private airline, halted play for almost half an hour before the red-faced pilot buzzed off again. – Reuters.

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