BERLIN (AFP) – A dog out on a walk happened upon a live US grenade from World War II and eagerly delivered it to his master, police said Monday, but authorities were able to defuse the explosive before it went off.
A 40-year-old woman had let the dog off its leash near a stream on a walk Sunday on the outskirts of the town of Erkrath in western Germany’s Neander Valley.
The animal found the grenade on the ground, picked it up in its jaws and trotted back to its owner.
“She recognised immediately that it was probably an old, rusted hand grenade,” police said. “On the orders of the woman, the dog obediently put his find back next to the stream.”
A Chinese man lost his hand when it was ripped off at the wrist during a tug-of-war contest.
Mr Shi, 30, of Shenzen, joined the beach tug of war competition with more than 100 of his colleagues.
“I had done tug-of-war before. It was all fun and safe,” he told the Guangzhou Daily newspaper.
Entrants were divided into teams of five with Shi taking up the back position on his team. To stabilise himself, he wrapped the rope around his wrist and threw the loose end over his shoulder.
His match was heading for a draw when members of the audience started helping both teams to try to end the stalemate – without noticing Shi’s hand trapped in the rope.
“I called on people to stop, but my voice was too quiet to be noticed,” he said.
The competition was eventually halted when people noticed Shi holding up his damaged limb.
The former chef of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il says he loved to eat live fish ‘with the tail still thrashing’.
Kenji Fujimoto said the 68-year-old communist leader enjoyed raw fish so fresh “that it is still moving” washed down with fine French wines and brandies.
“He particularly enjoyed raw fish so fresh that he could start eating as its mouth is still gasping and the tail is still thrashing,” he said.
“I sliced the fish so as not to puncture any of the vital organs, so of course it was still moving. Kim Jong-il was delighted. He would eat with gusto.”
The 56-year-old chef, who is in hiding in Japan after fleeing North Korea, is to publish a book called I Was Kim Jong-il’s Cook.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) – It was a simpler sort of drug trade.
Syracuse police say a 45-year-old man offered a slaughtered pig as partial payment for a bag of crack cocaine.
They say two men were spotted making the deal on a street corner just before 8 p.m. Thursday.
Angelo Colon of Fulton was arrested on a misdemeanor drug possession charge and 42-year-old Omar Veliz faces a felony drug sale charge.
Police say Colon paid half a pig and $10 for a $50 bag of crack. Veliz told police the pig was for a celebration for a relative being released from jail.
VASSALBORO, Maine (AP) – A Maine man has been charged with operating under the influence after he and a friend made a beer run on a riding lawn mower.
Police say 51-year-old Danforth Ross of Vassalboro was charged May 29.
Trooper Joe Chretien had been flagged down by several motorists warning of a wayward mower and made the arrest after Ross and his friend emerged from a variety store with two cases of beer.
SALEM, N.H. (AP) – Police said a man drove his car at a friend in Salem, N.H., after the two argued over a $10 bar tab. The man, 23, was charged with two counts of first-degree assault, reckless conduct and criminal mischief. Police said the man and a co-worker were out drinking on Friday, and the two went to the co-worker’s house early Saturday.
Police said the two began arguing over a $10 bar tab. The suspect drove his car, hitting the co-worker, causing him to flip onto the hood.