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Friday, 5 January, 2001, 14:31 GMT
Amazing tales from Planet Tabloid
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News that is out of this world...
Our regular look at the outer reaches of the news agenda and what the papers have got to say throws up yet more amazing tales.

BURNING ISSUES OF THE WEEK, AND THE PAPERS' VERDICTS

No. 1:Is it OK to have a boob job at 16?
Answer: No.

No. 2: Have tribute T-Shirts gone too far?
Answer: Yes.

EXPLODING PUDDING UPDATE

A leftover Christmas pudding went out with a bang when it exploded, the Newcastle Journal reports.

Firefighters had to be called to the kitchen of a flat in Wallsend, Newcastle, when the pudding burst into flames while being cooked in a microwave.

CURSE OF THE DEVIL DRUG MONKEY

- Sun headline about hollow monkey figurine used to smuggle cannabis and cursed by a Ghanaian witch doctor

A fire brigade spokesman said: "It had been left in for far too long and it exploded, setting her microwave on fire. Luckily [the cook] did the right thing by leaving the oven door shut - by depriving it of oxygen the fire burned itself out."

LATEST NEWS ABOUT VERY FAT PEOPLE

A burglar who broke into the house of 350-pound Maria Teresina-Lorca has filed a suit against the queen-size homeowner - because she beat him up and then sat on him until police arrived, reports the Weekly World News of Florida.

"Being smothered under the flabby buttocks of that big woman for so long was a horrible experience," says slimline Miguel Pintado.

GRUSOME MEDICAL MIRACLE OF THE WEEK

A New York man has discovered that - without knowing it - he has had a bullet lodged in his skull for a quarter-century. The New York Post reports the following exchange between the bullet man - William Adrian Milton, 59, "a writer and prominent dachshund fancier" - and his doctor, which took place after a brain scan for a non-bullet related head problem.

Doctor: "Who shot you in the head?"
Bullet Man (William Milton): "What do you mean?"
Doctor: "You've got a bullet in your head."
Bullet Man: "Eh? What do you mean?"


COMPUTER TERRORISTS RIGGED US ELECTION

- headline, Weekly World News

Mr Milton - who is the organiser of the annual Dachshund Oktoberfest in New York - later remembered an incident in 1976 when blood started spurting from his head, apparently spontaneously.

He had assumed he had been hit by debris of some sort falling from a building site.

George Bush
George Dubya. Was his victory fixed by terrorists? Probably not...
But in fact he had been shot in the head.

He has decided to let the bullet remain nestled in his skull.

SLIMMING NEWS

Ukrainians are packing shops in a bid to get hold of the latest craze in confectionery - a bar of pure pork fat covered in chocolate, according to the Press Association.

The bars are called Fat in Chocolate and are wrapped in red foil, and show a Ukrainian Cossack with a moustache munching a piece of fat.

Bizarre as this may seem, the manufacturer is reported as saying that while the bars are edible, they are not really meant to be eaten. Despite this, the product is said to be selling well.

BOY TURNED INTO A YAM BY WITCHDOCTOR

- Daily Star

But export opportunities are thought not to be so great.

POSSIBLY TRUE BUT PROBABLY A HOAX

Nigerian police are investigating a bizarre claim that a boy has been turned into a yam by a witchdoctor, the Daily Star claims.

Officers have even taken a large yam into custody.

Three schoolboys in Maiduguri told their headteacher their friend had been transformed into a vegetable in front of their eyes after accepting a sweet from a stranger.

As word spread about the schoolboy yam, hundreds of curious people began flocking to the police station to catch a glimpse of it.

NEW COMPETITION
Can you spot a female celebrity simply by looking at her bottom?

The Sun this week ran close-up pictures of sixteen ladies' bottoms on a single page.

It also ran 16 pictures of ladies' faces.

The challenge was to match up the faces and the bottoms.

Possible combinations included Posh Spice's face allied to Judy Finnigan's bottom.

Planet Tabloid predicts that one will run and run.

An official reportedly said: "There has been a mysterious incident here."

SOOTY WATCH

Sooty the sex mad guinea pig has been a tabloid hero since it was reported, last month, that he had managed to have sex with 24 females in two nights.

Like any celeb his activities are now reported in minute detail. The news this week is that Sooty has been let out of "solitary confinement" and has - sort of - got married.

Sooty's owner Carol Feeham says: "I've given him a female guinea pig called Sweep to commit to." His philandering days are thus over.

DEPARTMENT OF "MAN-FIRED-FROM-CANNON-HITS-OWN-WIFE" STORIES

America's Associated Press reports that a Florida man robbed a bank in a fit of rage when he was on his way to an anger management class.

The man had become upset after having a row with his mother. He robbed the bank, got away, mulled things over and then turned himself in to the police.

YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT [BUT] WHAT YOU EAT IS HOW YOU SMELL

- The Mirror

WORLD GOING TO THE DOGS - LATEST EVIDENCE

Bouncers have been employed to stop vandals as young as eight from running riot and threatening staff at six libraries in Stoke on Trent. (The Sun).

GOOD ADVICE - TABLOID STYLE

The Mirror's 52 health tips for 2001.

No 32: "Drink alcohol only in social situations. Stop using it as a means of stress relief. That means giving up that glass of wine or beer at home with your meal."

This undeniably sound advice was printed adjacent to a Mirror cross-Channel shopping spree offer which promised "massive savings on wine, spirits and beer". It was illustrated by a couple packing at least 300 cans of beer, 20 bottles of wine, 10 bottles of whisky, vodka, gin and other spirits plus, for good measure, a catering-size pack of cigarettes, into a shopping trolley.

All for social use only, of course.


SON OF A DITCH

Sun headline on story about a son who drove his car into a ditch

FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT

Planet Tabloid reader Norbert Cunningham from New Brunswick, Canada sent in the following gem from the Hamilton Spectator, published in Ontario.

"Police say a woman posing as an undercover officer to con johns looking for prostitutes may be duping her victims twice over - she's not a cop, and she might actually be a man.

"For the past month, police here have been looking for a woman who was picked up by at least three men looking for prostitutes. Once inside their cars, the woman claimed to be an undercover officer.

"Each john was told to hand over his driver's licence and pay her a $200 fine, or else she would go to his home and tell his family.

"The men didn't realize they had been taken until they went to the police station to pick up their licences and a receipt to show the fine had been paid."


If you see anything in the coming week which you think Planet Tabloid ought to know about, you can e-mail us at newsonline.features@bbc.co.uk

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