German pop star Werner Boehm’s wife has left him after he fell for a baboon. “It was love at first sight,” he said. “The monkey is extremely musical and can even play the piano. We’re on the same wavelength.”
A British company is selling MP3 players that attach to an assault rifle in place of ammunition. A company partner said: “Hopefully militants and terrorists will use their AK-47s to listen to music.”
A disgruntled motorist in Somerset blew up a speed camera with a home-made bomb. Earlier, someone wrecked a camera with an angle grinder and three others were burned in tyres filled with petrol.
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A tomcat nicknamed Frosty found frozen to the ground in minus 29 degrees was saved by a Minnesota animal shelter. Staff wrapped four- year-old Frosty in hot towels to thaw him out over three days
PARIS—With talks collapsing at the 11th hour, Franco-American relations hit an all-time low Monday, casting the future of Spaghetti-Os-brand canned pasta in serious doubt.
Thus far, three months of negotiations have yielded bitter fruit,” French minister of foods Guy Charpentier said. “Despite concessionary offers from both sides, no acceptable compromise has been reached on a number of key issues, including sauce tanginess, sodium levels, and pasta-ring size. As a result, the sort of friendly Franco-American partnership necessary to produce the neat, round spaghetti one can eat with a spoon may no longer be possible.”
In a stopgap attempt to alleviate the crisis, Italian minister of cuisine Hector Boyardee offered the Franco-American alliance an emergency airlift of “ABCs & 123s”-brand pre-cooked pasta. French officials declined the offer, however, due to their American counterparts’ insistence on pronouncing “123s” “one, two, threes” rather than “un, deux, troises.” In a recent speech to European convenience-food authorities, French president Jacques Chirac also preemptively rejected any Italian offer of pasta shaped like Spider-Man™.