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Zany records sought
Share a bath with the most rattlesnakes. Join the longest bra chain. Marvel at the world's biggest underpants. Zany record-breakers from around the world on Thursday bid for immortality in the bible for the bizarre, seizing their chance to win an entry in Guinness World Records. Last year, more than 100,000 people tried to set new records on Guinness World Records Day. "This year, we expect twice as many," Guinness editor-in-chief Craig Glenday said. First up in London's Hyde Park was Ironman Manjit Singh, who attempted the fastest time to pull a red doubledecker bus 10m with his earlobes. He could only drag it 3.7m.
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Rotten returns in London
The Sex Pistols snarled and shouted their way through their greatest hits late on Thursday at the start of a brief reunion tour, and early reviews praised the 50-somethings for maintaining the filth and fury. "Half a century young!" a defiant lead singer John Lydon shouted to thousands of fans at a packed Brixton Academy. Sporting his trademark spiky orange hair, the performer best known as Johnny Rotten wore a pheasant shooting outfit, which caused him several wardrobe malfunctions when his trousers kept slipping down. The four punk pioneers opened with Pretty Vacant and raced through most of their best known numbers in a gig that lasted just over an hour.
Car left at gas station
A man forgot his car after filling it up at a gas station, police said on Friday. "He just forgot about it and walked off home," said a spokesman for police in the western city of Wuppertal. After the car had sat blocking the pump for about an hour, a woman working at the gas station became suspicious and alerted authorities. Officers contacted the 63-year-old from Remscheid, who returned to fetch the vehicle. He had paid to fill up the car before walking off.
Flasher stuns courtroom
A flasher stunned lawyers during his appeal hearing on a flashing conviction by stripping off in court, authorities said on Thursday. "The court withdrew for deliberations and during the adjournment the man removed his clothes again," said a spokesman for the court in the western city of Duisburg. "It appears he sees it as art, and views himself as a living work of art." The 60-year-old was in court to appeal his conviction for running onto the field naked during a girl's soccer match and striking a range of "body builder poses," the spokesman said. State prosecutors filed fresh charges of indecent behavior against the man after the court incident.
Lawmaker found guilty
A Florida state lawmaker accused of offering US$20 for oral sex to an undercover police officer in a park men's room has been found guilty of soliciting prostitution. State Representative Bob Allen faces up to 60 days in jail and a US$500 fine. The Republican was accused of peering over a stall at an undercover police officer and agreeing to pay US$20 to perform oral sex on him. Allen said he would appeal the verdict. He co-sponsored a bill months before his arrest that would have raised charges from a misdemeanor to a felony for "lascivious acts or exposure or exhibition of sexual organs" within 304m of a park, school or child care facility.