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World’s shortest flight in Orkney Islands marks record passenger

A regional airline has celebrated taking its millionth passenger on board the world's shortest route.Veteran flyer Anne Rendall received a bouquet of flowers on Monday after flying more than 10,000 trips on the service between two of the Orkney Islands, visiting island communities for her job at...

Panda wrestles man who sneaked into enclosure in China

A giant panda grabbed a man's leg and pulled him to the ground after he sneaked into the animal's enclosure in China.The unnamed visitor was captured on camera walking up to the sleeping adult male called Mei Ling.He had apparently jumped in to show off in...

Public urged to report witches’ marks on buildings

The public is being asked to report strange carvings known as "witches' marks" to create an England-wide record.The marks - also called apotropaic marks, from the Greek word for avoiding evil - are ritual protection symbols from a time when witchcraft and the supernatural were popular.They...

Mystery Japanese courier overpowers Yakuza Rolex watch thieves

Tokyo has a new hero after a deliveryman refused to be overpowered by two Japanese mobsters attempting to steal a luxury watch.One of the suspects, Hidekazu Oba, had placed the order for the £6,500 Rolex wristwatch himself.But when the unidentified 38-year-old deliveryman arrived and handed it over, the two mobsters...

Couple forced to pull over after finding 5ft snake inside new car

A Bristol couple were shocked to discover a 5ft snake hiding in their new car as they drove home from a Sheffield dealership.Claire Brealey and her partner were forced to pull up on the hard shoulder of the M5 after their pet dog alerted...

Royal Navy helicopter revamped into holiday home for six

A former Royal Navy search-and-rescue helicopter has been renovated into a holiday home.Farmer Martyn Steedman and his wife Louise bought the retired Sea King ZA127 in an online Ministry of Defence auction in March and have spent almost £40,000 converting it into luxury accommodation."It all started...

‘Incredibly aggressive’ seal attacks surfer at Sydney beach

A surfer has undergone surgery after being attacked by a seal, which also knocked another man off his surfboard.Nathan Shepherd, 45, was injured in the surprising encounter at Shelly Beach at Manly in Sydney on Sunday afternoon.He was taken to hospital and underwent surgery for a deep wound to...

Three out of four Britons are ‘micro-criminals’ – poll

A new poll suggests we are a nation of micro-criminals, with three out of four Britons admitting minor offences or "micro-crimes".You may not have thought of yourself as a criminal before, but that's about to change.Some 74% of people questioned in a poll by...

Spiders ‘tune’ webs to help catch prey and partners

Spiders can tune webs to help catch prey or even attract a mate, according to researchers at Oxford University.Arachnids can control the web's tension and stiffness so the silk transmits vibrations in different frequencies, like a plucked guitar string."Spiders use vibrations not only from prey which...

Ranger dines out after finding giant 10kg mushroom in Falkirk

A giant puffball mushroom with a 1.5-metre circumference and weight of more than 10kg has been found - and quickly eaten - by a countryside ranger and her colleagues.Fiona Wishart, a ranger with Falkirk Council, said the 10.6kg (1st 9lbs) fungus was so heavy she had to...

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