Funny old world: The week’s offbeat news

Paris, Feb 26, 2021 (AFP) -Our weekly roundup of offbeat tales from around the globe:

Sheer aid 

A wild Australian sheep known as Baa-rack has been given a brand new fleece of life after being relieved of the 35 kilos (77 kilos) of wool he had been carrying round on his again.

The ailing ram was discovered wandering within the bush north of Melbourne weighed down by round 5 years of matted, unchecked development.

“I couldn’t believe there was a sheep alive under all of that wool,” mentioned Pam Ahern of Edgar’s Mission Farm Sanctuary.

Inevitably Baa-rack grew to become a TikTok sensation after being shorn and given a sensible new makeover, full with natty blue coat to assist him adapt to “the chill” of an Australian summer time.

His moniker is an homage to the previous US president. A 2017 research by Cambridge University scientists discovered that eight sheep out of 10 might recognise Barack Obama after being proven his photograph a couple of dozen instances.

“Humans tend to underestimate the ability of sheep,” researcher Jennifer Morton instructed AFP.

We can see you… 

The complete board of a California main college has resigned after they had been caught dissing mother and father as pot-smoking slackers.

The trustees of the Oakley college did not realise their on-line meeting was being broadcast to horrified mother and father who they accused of wanting the locked-down college to reopen simply so they may get their “babysitters back”.

As trustees traded foul-mouthed allegations they had been instructed that the mother and father had been listening.

“Uh oh,” mentioned trustee Lisa Brizendine, who give up instantly.

Oakley mayor Sue Higgins mentioned, “I am embarrassed for our community as this meeting has gone national and international.”

This will not harm in any respect 

Wars have began for much less. There was a lot clenching of tooth and plenty extra moreover at reviews that China was asking US diplomats to bear anal swab checks for the coronavirus.

Beijing denied subjecting State Department employees to the indignity, however it nonetheless despatched a Cold War chill up the backbone of Sino-American relations.

Meanwhile in North Korea – extra minimize off than ever from the world due to Covid-19 – Russian diplomats received themselves dwelling over the closed border on a Keystone Kops-style hand-powered rail trolley.

Their video induced a lot hilarity on-line till a Korean commented, “Please return your cart to where you found it.”

Funny old sport 

The award for the week’s hardest – and most elegant – neck goes to mannequin and self-styled princess, Rani-Vanouska Modely.

She declared Qatari soccer star Almoez Ali a Unesco goodwill ambassador, persuading former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger to preside on the ceremony.

Only downside is that Modely has nothing to do with the UN physique, although that hasn’t stopped her rubbing shoulders with Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and David Beckham and a bunch of world leaders.

A UN supply instructed AFP that Modely has beforehand offered herself as an envoy in Africa.

“Ms Rani (Modely) is not affiliated to UNESCO in any way,” the organisation instructed reporters.

Which means the unlucky Sudanese-born “Mr Moez cannot be a Unesco Goodwill Ambassador” it added.

Not cool, dude 

The signal at Dude Chilling Park in Vancouver, Canada has been stolen for a 3rd time because it was put up in 2012 as an artwork set up. It has since impressed a line of T-shirts and a pale ale.

Police have not recognized a suspect however you might be positive he is reclining on a sofa someplace.

Feel the facility 

A Chinese man with rock-hard abs induced an influence minimize within the southwestern metropolis of Chengdu by doing sit-ups on prime of an electrical energy pylon.

When a video of his abdomen crunches suspended 10 metres (30 ft) off the bottom went viral on Chinese social community Weibo, “the local power company did an emergency power cut… affecting tens of thousands of households”.

Super Great-Gran! 

If you thought the Chengdu health fanatic sounded robust, he is received nothing on 90-year-old Fran Goldman, who trudged six miles via heavy snow in Seattle to get her coronavirus vaccination as a result of driving there was too harmful.

Goldman, a doggedly impartial great-grandmother who had a hip alternative final year, did a trial run the day earlier than along with her sticks.

“My mother isn’t going to let a little snow stop her,” her daughter Ruth mentioned.

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