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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Couple earns internet fame with cringe-worthy – yet hilarious – holiday cards: “If there was a competition for most cringe-worthy Christmas card, this couple would likely be the long-reigning champions. For more than a decade, couple Mike and Laura have been dressing up in all manner of weird and wonderful outfits, taking on different peculiar personas in order to pose up in a series of brilliant images for their annual Christmas cards – and have even got their kids, who are named as Gigi and Juju B in one card, in on the act now too. A post by Reddit user berjon1 (Mike), recently shared a gallery of photos under the title ’12 years of Christmas cards dressing up like other people each year’ and it’s clear that this family takes their silliness seriously. But no matter the final outcome of the card, the photo itself is taken at the same place every year: their local JC Penney, where they have no doubt confused – or amused – their fellow shoppers on many an occasion.”

Villagers’ fury after bungling council pays £21,000 for garish 25ft Christmas tree that looks more like Mickey Mouse’s sorcerer hat: “Villagers are up in arms after their local council spent £21,000 on a bizarre blue Christmas tree that looks more like a wizard’s hat. People in Birstall, Leicestershire, accused town hall bosses of wasting taxpayers’ money on the tree, which has also been compared to a Dunce’s hat and a nuclear warhead. They have now launched a petition to remove the tree from the heart of the village just days after it was installed, but the council has already hired it for three years. Residents say the 25ft tree looks just like Micky Mouse’s hat from the Fantasia film, and branded it ‘shoddy’, ‘tacky’ and a ‘downright load of rubbish’. Former Birstall district councillor Simon Sansome, 33, who started the campaign, said: ‘There were complaints last year about how bad the Christmas tree was, so we expected the parish council to up its game. ‘Instead they’ve come up with this. We want it removed immediately and replaced with a traditional Christmas tree’.”

Shark hunters: “Australian fishermen are increasingly seeking a new adrenaline-inducing catch. Shark hunting is on the rise on the Gold Coast in Queensland, with recreational anglers catching at least 100 deadly bull sharks a week in the city’s intricate canal systems. The community has been bolstered by several fatal attacks from the river dwelling man-eaters, with growing numbers of anglers attempting the feat of reeling in an apex predator. Peter Ker runs the Gold Coast Fishing Fanatics Facebook page, which has amassed over 9000 followers and a mounting interest in shark fishing. ‘Some anglers are just targeting bull sharks now. The canals are on our doorstep, which means anyone can pick it up, and you don’t need much equiptment,’ Mr Ker told Daily Mail Australia. Fishermen use heavy tackle lines to reel the sharks in, then stand behind them and drag the fish ashore with their bare hands – which is no mean feat given their size. ‘One angler, Kaiden Anderson, recently caught a 300 kg, 2.5 metre bull shark at Broadwater. He was pretty stoked, as you can imagine.’”

Champion boxer is just an old-fashioned guy: “Britain’s new heavyweight world champion Tyson Fury has been labelled a sexist after he claimed Olympian Jessica Ennis-Hill ‘slaps up good’. The 27-year-old boxer said she looked ‘quite fit’ in a dress, saying the best place for women was ‘in the kitchen and on her back’. The self-styled Gipsy King – who comes from a traveller backgound – is on the shortlist for the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year with heptathlete Ennis-Hill, 29. When asked about equality in boxing, Fury focused on the attractive ‘ring girls’ rather than the athletes. ‘I think they are very nice when they’re walking around that ring,’ he said. ‘They give me inspiration, when I’m tired and I see them wiggling around…I think women in boxing is very good.’ ‘But I believe a woman’s best place is in the kitchen and on her back, that’s my personal belief. Making me a good cup of tea, that’s what I believe.’ The 6ft 9in boxer from Manchester was named as a favourite to take the BBC’s sports award shortlist after his defeat of Ukrainian Wladimir Klitschko on Saturday.

Wreck of a Spanish ship that sunk more than 300 years ago found – with 11 million gold coins aboard: “Colombia has found the wreck of a Spanish galleon that sank off the coast of Cartagena and is thought to be laden with emeralds and gold and silver coins, President Juan Manuel Santos said on Friday. The San Jose sank in 1708 in the Caribbean Sea close to the walled port city of Cartagena. It was found submerged off the coast of Baru in what in now Colombia, near the Rosario Islands. The ship was part of the fleet of King Philip V as he fought the English during the War of Spanish Succession. However it was sunk during an attack by the British.

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