Odd England: Bull in a pool, $21,000 thrift store chair, misspelled road


May 27 (UPI) — Merry Old England is known for many things – Big Ben, David Beckham, fish and chips, devoted football fans, black cabs and the Beatles, for example – but the country also has a lesser-known side as a hotbed of weird news. .

The English have made numerous appearances on the odd news pages, with incidents ranging from snack biscuit spills to unusual animal rescues to viral live streams from airports.

Here are 10 of the weirdest and weirdest news that have popped up from King Arthur’s house recently:

A truck dumps a load of cookies on the road

Erewash District Police in Derbyshire, England, responded to an unusual traffic hazard in early April when a lorry traveling on Ilkeston Road in Sandiacre lost its load of McVitie biscuits in the middle of the carriageway.

“Please bear with us tonight as we try to ‘digest’ this issue,” the police tweeted. “A truckload of McVitie’s best decided to abandon ship, causing a slight obstruction!”

Stranded bull hoisted from garden pool

Crews from several fire stations responded to a house in Devon, England, in late March when a bull strayed from its field and became stuck in the house’s swimming pool.

Firefighters used a harness and heavy equipment to hoist the cattle to dry land. The sodden bull was unharmed.

Live stream of plane landings in London goes viral during snow storm

A major snowstorm in February created dangerous conditions at London’s Heathrow Airport – and popular entertainment for YouTube channel BigJetTV.

The channel broadcast aircraft landings at the airport live with color commentary from channel founder Jerry Dyer. Dyer said the channel hit a record 200,000 viewers on a single live stream as people around the world watched the planes glide across the tarmac.

$7 thrift chair sold at auction for over $21,000

British auction house Sworders said it was contacted by a woman who bought a wooden and wicker chair for just under $7 from a thrift store in Brighton, England.

The chair has been identified as the 1902 work of Austrian artist Koloman Moser, a professor at the Vienna School of Applied Arts, who designed the seat as a modern reinterpretation of a traditional 18th century ladder-back chair. century. The chair sold at auction for $21,874.12 in January.

Newly painted road misspells ‘ENTRY’ as ‘ENRY’

Officials in Maldon, England ordered a freshly painted road to be repainted in February 2021 when local residents noticed the phrase “NO ENTRY” had been misspelled as “NO ENRY” on the pavement.

“We’re on ‘T To iT,” Maldon District Council joked in a Facebook post.

Animal rescuers pull cub’s head out of middle of tire

The RSPCA responded to a home in Orpington, England in April when a cub got its head stuck in the middle of an old discarded tyre.

The baby fox was removed from the tire and the fox and his sibling were taken to a specialist wildlife center for care until they were old enough to live on their own in the wild.

Facebook apologizes for mistaking a landmark’s name for an offensive term

Facebook has apologized to members of groups based in Plymouth, England, when posts mentioning a local landmark called Plymouth Hoe were wrongly flagged as containing foul language.

The landmark’s name comes from the Anglo-Saxon word “hoe”, which describes a sloping ridge shaped like an inverted foot and heel, but Facebook incorrectly flagged the term as misogynistic hate speech and removed the posts.

A father and son hung 10 pieces of clothing to break the world record

Edward Draper and his son Rowan Draper broke a Guinness World Record at the Turk’s Head pub in Twickenham, London, by hanging 10 garments in 56.87 seconds.

The father and son duo said they spent hours practicing selecting the best clothes to use for the attempt and the fastest techniques for putting them on hangers and a rack.

A fragment of a long-lost 12th-century poem found in a book binding

Tamara Atkin, a researcher at Queen Mary University of London, was examining a book published in 1528 when she discovered that the binding contained a fragment of the long-lost poem, Headquarters of Orange.

The poem tells the story of the siege of Orange, a town in the Rhone Valley, and is part of a cycle of epic narrative poems about the legendary hero William of Orange. The fragment found by Atkin comes from a version published at the end of the 13th century.

A man harvests 1,269 cherry tomatoes from a single stalk

Douglas Smith from Hertfordshire, England, put his green thumb to the test when he harvested 1,269 tomatoes from a single plant stalk, breaking the Guinness World Record for most tomatoes from a single plant. single rod/truss.

Smith, who broke the same record a few weeks earlier by harvesting 839 from a single stem, said he studied several books on gardening and took soil samples for lab analysis to prepare for his record attempts. .


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