"Little else is requisite to carry a state to the highest degree of opulence from the lowest barbarism, but peace, easy taxes, and a tolerable administration of justice" - Adam Smith
News from the Pope's visit to America:
A salesman from KFC walked up to the Pope and offered him a million dollars if he would change "The Lord's Prayer" from "give us this day our daily bread" to "give us this day our daily chicken." The Pope refused his offer.
Two weeks later, the man offered the pope 10 million dollars to change it from "give us this day our daily bread" to "give us this day our daily chicken" and again the Pope refused the man's generous offer. Another week later, the man offered the Pope 20 million dollars and finally the Pope accepted. The following day, the Pope said to all his officials, "I have some good news and some bad news. 'The good news is, that we have just received a check for 20 million dollars. The bad news is, we lost the Wonder Bread account!'''
According to Bloomberg, the Danes have developed an innovative new approach to caring for the elderly. Junksmith plans to retire there someday...
Players at Harrowgate Cricket Club, North Yorkshire, have been banned from hitting sixes – on health and safety grounds. Harrowgate Borough Council made the ruling out of concern for local residents.
More here on the Daily Telegraph website.
Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction:
Police rushed out to an emergency call after a man mistook a black binbag in his sitting room for a wolf.
Drunken Lawrence Eaton, 50, armed himself with a knife and fled his house after seeing what appeared to him to be a wild animal crouched in the corner of his room.
The ex-lorry driver ran to a phone box and begged for police to come to help during a babbled emergency call.
Police raced to the scene with their own trained dogs ready to investigate the wolf report and came across Eaton still in the street carrying a kitchen knife.
But on searching his house they found only a black binbag and quickly realised that Eaton had got confused in his drunken state.
Instead, they charged him with possession of a knife...
From The Scotsman.
According to the Telegraph:
A French doctor is urging his countrymen to give free rein to flatulence, sweating and other bodily taboos to reduce the risk of cancer.
Frédéric Saldmann's book, Le Grand Ménage (Spring cleaning), claims that regular belching is the best way to avoid hiatal hernias and cancer of the oesophagus, and that male sweat "reduces stress in women" and is "potentially very attractive". Mmm....