Law against rogues lifted
England’s repeat rascals can breathe a little easier tonight. Being an “incorrigible rogue” is no longer against the law. The Ministry of Justice said that the offense, created in the early 19th century, was one of more than 300 obsolete offenses that had been scrapped over the past year. The 1824 Vagrancy Act was aimed at the punishment of “idle and disorderly persons,” “rogues” and “vagabonds.” It defined an “incorrigible rogue” as a homeless person who violently resisted arrest or escaped confinement.
Queen upset over nuts
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II was so incensed with royal police officers eating nuts from bowls left out in the corridors of Buckingham Palace that she drew lines on the sides in a bid to catch them out, a London court heard on Thursday. In e-mails submitted to the telephone hacking trial of journalists at Rupert Murdoch’s now defunct News of the World tabloid, its royal reporter said he had learnt that a memo had been issued to all officers telling them to “keep their sticky fingers out.” It said staff had put out a selection of nuts including cashews, almonds and Bombay mix around the palace for the 87-year-old queen. “Problem is that police on patrol eat the lot. Queen so narked [annoyed] she has started marking the bowls to see where the levels dipped,” it said.
Monster lobster caught
Joseph Ali says onlookers thought he was drunk when he dove into the nighttime waters around a California pier. However, he came away with a monster of a lobster. Ali tells the Orange County Register he was closing his father’s business, Zack’s Pier Plaza, on Monday when he saw the ocean was calm and decided to dive for dinner. He was down about 4m going after a smaller lobster when he saw the giant. He says it was too big to grab properly, but it latched onto him, and he wrestled it to shore. The lobster weighed nearly 8kg — 2.3kg is considered trophy-sized — and was likely at least 30 years old.
Coloring book sells out
A coloring book featuring tea party darling Senator Ted Cruz has become a hot-selling item in the US this holiday season. The cover features the senator, a Texan who galvanized right-wingers during the budget fight that partially shut down the federal government in October. He points to a tea plant with leaves that say “gun rights,” “free enterprise” and “lower taxes.” At the very top is a leaf reading “White House.” Cruz is an ardent supporter of the right to own firearms. The book shows him hunting, among other activities. It is already in its third printing after just six days, said Wayne Bell, the founder of Really Big Coloring Books Inc, which published the book. Cruz did not cooperate in its production.