And finally

And finally… lotto luck

A one-time lottery winner has been jailed after admitting four bank robberies just two decades after he won a £13.6 million jackpot. James Hayes, 55, has been slapped with an 80-year prison sentence for the robberies he committed last year, The Sun reports. He was arrested by the FBI after a tip-off linked him to […]

And finally… all fired up

A lawyer who allegedly retaliated to a tense e-mail exchange with another lawyer by shooting up his office has been arrested. Erik Graeff, 42, has appeared in court on multiple charges related to the bizarre shooting in Beaverton, Oregon, USA. Nobody was hurt, but there was an administrative assistant in the office at the time. […]

And finally… shocking

A judge in Texas has been sharply criticised for delivering electric shocks to a defendant to enforce courtroom decorum. An appeal court has now thrown out Terry Lee Morris’s conviction for soliciting sexual performance for a 15-year-old girl on the basis that the shocks violated his constitutional rights. A courtroom transcript shows how State District […]

And finally… knock-off alley

A massive operation to produce fake Harry Potter merchandise in China for sale in Barcelona has been broken up by Spanish police. The Guardia Civil raided the Barcelona shop where fake Gryffindor house scarves, Ravenclaw banners and wands were on display. All of the merchandise was being sold as officially licensed, but comprised counterfeits produced […]

And finally… negative vibes

A Labour MP has called for sex toys to be regulated amid fears they could be hacked to reveal intimate data. Chi Onwurah, 52, MP for Newcastle Central, said she was astounded by the complacency over the issue. “Everyone says tech moves really fast but I feel like a stuck record,” she said. “Every scenario […]

And finally… fingered

A far-right politician has lost his lawsuit for slander against a group of left-wing activists who gave him the finger. Heinz-Christian Strache, leader of Austria’s Freedom Party (FPÖ), launched the lawsuit against Linkswende after they published a video of people insulting him and showing their middle fingers. However, he was knocked back in the courts […]

And finally… what’s in a name

A couple in France are facing a court ban on naming their daughter “Liam” because it could “create a risk of gender confusion”. France’s public prosecutor is arguing that giving the female baby a traditionally masculine name would be “contrary to the interest of the child and could harm her in her social relations”. The […]

And finally… songs of praise

Germany’s equality commissioner has sparked a national controversy by suggesting the word “fatherland” in the German national anthem should be replaced by a gender-neutral term. The suggestion comes weeks after Canada passed legislation amending the phrase “in all thy sons command” in the Canadian national anthem to the gender-neutral “in all of us command”. In […]

And finally… shell-shocked

Chefs have been ordered to stun lobsters before boiling them instead of cooking them conscious as they traditionally do. From 1 March, “the practice of plunging live lobsters into boiling water, which is common in restaurants, is no longer permitted”, the Swiss government has said. Under reforms to animal protection law, officials in Bern said […]

And finally… snow joke

Police say they identified a massive cannabis farming operation after noticing a lack of snow on the roof of the alleged grow house. A total of 322 cannabis plants were seized from the property after a lack of snow on the roof of the building aroused police suspicion, pointing to the heat produced by professional […]