RABBIS RULE: An Israeli girl has become a divorcee at the age of 14.
It all began as a lark, in a schoolyard where a 17-year-old boy recently declared the girl his wife, reciting a Jewish ritual vow in front of witnesses, and she accepted his ring.
That, and what a spokeswoman for Israel’s Rabbinical Courts said was the consummation of their marriage, was enough to make them man and wife in the Jewish state.
Spokeswoman Efrat Orbach, describing the girl as the youngest Jewish divorcee in Israel’s modern history, said the couple was granted a rabbinical divorce this week.
Under Israeli criminal law, sexual relations with a 14-year-old girl are not illegal as long as her male partner is no more than three years her senior. —— Reuters.
EYELID TOW: A Chinese man pulled a car by a rope attached only to his eyelids for more than five metres.
Yang Guanghe (35) of Guizhou was cheered and applauded at the Cherry Blossom Festival in Guangzhou as he towed the VW car.
Yang, who weighs only seven stone, said he had been practicing the stunt for more than 10 years.
“At the beginning it was a bit painful, but gradually I got used to it,” he told the Guangzhou Daily newspaper.
“I just want to know what the limit is of the weakest link in the human body.” – Ananova.
FISHY MOBILE: A businessman who lost his mobile phone on a beach was amazed when it turned up – in the belly of a giant cod.
Andrew Cheatle thought it had been swept out to sea after it slipped from his pocket.
But a week later his girlfriend’s mobile rang and it was fisherman Glen Kerley saying he’d found the phone in a 25lb fish, reports The Sun.
Andrew got the handset back, dried it out – and amazingly it still works. —— Ananova.
LIFE—LONG WARRANT: The Carter County Sheriff’s Department is trying to serve an 80-year-old warrant for the arrest of a man who wrote a US$30 bad cheque, although officers are unsure if he is alive.
The warrant, issued in August 1928, calls for the arrest of JA Rowland. It says he owes US$30 for the bad cheque, US$2 for the arrest fee and 50 cents each for the affidavit and warrant.
Clerks at the Glynn County Sheriff’s Office in Brunswick, recently found the warrant buried in a records storage room while cleaning and mailed it to Tennessee.
Current Carter County Sheriff Chris Mathes told The Elizabethton Star he is still under a legal obligation to find Rowland. —— Msnbc.
TEEN WEAPON: The New Zealand city of Christchurch hopes that putting the American crooner’s smooth and gentle tones into the mix of music to be broadcast through the central mall district can pacify unruly teens who congregate there, or at least convince them to go elsewhere.
“The intention is to change the environment in a positive way … so nobody feels threatened or intimidated,” Central City Business Association manager Paul Lonsdale told the Associated Press. “I did not say Barry Manilow is a weapon of mass destruction.” – Msnbc.
NIGHTMARE UNITED: An Italian football team is a referee’s nightmare – because every single player has the same surname.
Everyone in the squad – which plays in one of Italy’s amateur leagues –Â shares the name De Feo.
The coach, secretary, doctor and all 12 sponsors of the Team De Feo club, in Serino, southern Italy, also have the same name.
Just to add to the confusion, the team’s ground is located on Raffaele De Feo street in the town. —— Ananova.