Football fans at a Manchester cinema are to be offered sushi-flavoured popcorn for England's world cup matches.
An American woman has sued a food manufacturer for $50 million after it doubled the fat content on its "healthy" snack she had been feeding her daughter.
A braille sign in Stroud, Gloucestershire, had to be resited after workmen had placed it 8ft off the ground.
A Stockholm radio station has banned English rock music until after the England - Sweden World Cup match on June 3.
A school in Sacramento expelled a five-year-old pupil because her mother took a job as a nude dancer to help pay the school fees.
A rule requiring women to have gynaelogical examinations to qualify for a driving licence was scrapped in Lithuania.
A group of homeless drug abusers in New York slept on an abondoned sofa for a month without realising it was stuffed with £5.4 million worth of cocaine. Dustmen disposing of the sofa found the drug.
A business man paid a £2 million fine to stay out of jail in Egypt after 283,000 contraband Viagra tablets, with a black market value of £7 million, were discovered in his luggage. Airport staff were alerted by the excessive weight of his four suitcases.
A Saudi who threw a rock at another man knocking out two of his teeth - nine years ago - has been fined £15,000 and had two of his own teeth extracted in public as a further punishment.
Mikhail Gorbachev, the former Soviet leader, has opened a restaurant in Moscow which offers dishes served to him by world leaders when he was in power.
Nayana Morag of Taunton, Somerset, has been offering aromatherapy to animals as an aid to relaxation. Among her clientele are dogs, parrots, sheep and a llama.
Two crematorium workers who ate human body parts were freed by a court in Cambodia because it has no law against cannibalism.
A man was barred from becoming a driving examiner in Southampton because his stutter meant he could no say "Stop" in an emergency.
A prisoner on day release in Madrid robbed a bank of £160,000 and sent money orders to fellow inmates signed 'Robin Hood'. He was caught when he tried to do it again another day.
An airline pilot due to take 300 passengers on a flight from Jerusalem to New York refused to take off because his friend could not have a first class seat.
Police in Bonn had a £60,000 repair bill when 300 patrol cars were filled with diesel instead of petrol.
A prison released a 22-year-old Swedish petty thief early after misreading instructions. They promised him a television for his cell if he returns.
Overweight Americans are being offered a tax incentive to shed the pounds. People who are losing weight for medical reasons will be able to claim tax deductible expenses for slimming products.
Traffic was gridlocked for five hours at Chippenham, Wiltshire, after traffic lights were switched off during road works at a busy junction. No one remembered to switch the lights on again.
An accountant in Salem, Pennsylvania, has been charged with "defiant trespass", which carries a two-year prison sentence. His alleged crime? He spoke at a public meeting, objecting to a new sewage disposal plan, for 11 minutes instead of the allotted five.
A thief in Yorkshire tricked his way into the home of an elderly man during a snowstorm and stole his overcoat.
A burger bar in California is looking for a customer who was given a bag containing £10,000 instead of his meal!
Cleo, a parrot that had escaped from a house at Sandown, Isle of Wight, was hosed out of a tree after refusing to move from a branch for 3 days.
The most watched television show in New York last week was a two-hour programme on Christmas Day of a yule log burning in a fireplace. It attracted more than 620,000 viewers.
An anti-Harry Potter Hotline has been set up in Vienna to enable Austrians to rail at merchandising surrounding J K Rowling's fictional schoolboy wizard.
A Rotterdam man faces court after telephoning his wife over Christmas to say he had been kidnapped. Police found him with his mistress.
A German electronics chain is removing 15,000 posters featuring 3-breasted women after scores of complaints.
The British Department of Health spent £900,000 this year publishing 10 editions of NHS, a glossy £2.95 magazine. It printed 61,000 copies per issue, but only sold 22.
Japan's Education Ministry is to start housework classes for husbands to help reduce their reliance on their wives. The men will not, however, be told to hang out the washing for fear of losing face with their neighbours.
Cambodia's Prime Minister, Hun Sen, who has launched a crackdown on nightlife, announced that illegal karaoke bars will be destroyed: by tank!
A bridegroom died during his wedding ceremony in Iran as he licked honey from his bride's finger, a custom to ensure that life together starts sweetly. He choked on her false fingernail.
In an attempt to reduce a £9 million-a-year electricity bill, the Metropolitan Police has told officers to stop using kettles to make cups of tea.
Fortnum & Mason is telling customers that European Union regulations compel it to warn them that "Children's Crackers" are unsuitable for those under eight.
A man was shot dead in Ghana while testing a magic spell to make hime bulletproof.
Police in the US state of Maryland arrested a woman driver who was seen talking into two mobile phones while driving with her knees.
A policewoman on the way to a burglary in Scarborough misheard a radio briefing about a missing fax and phone and arrested a passer-by carrying a saxophone.
A website featuring a talkative parrot, Hercules, has attracted 3,000 visits since it was launched by the pet's owner, Paul Fairbanks of Mitcheldean, Gloucestershire, four years ago. Hercules has received fan mail from around the world.