In London, England, Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May appointed a minister for loneliness. The action was in response to a report published by the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness that says more than nine million people in the country often or always feel lonely. “It’s proven to be worse for health than smoking 15 cigarettes a day, but it can be overcome and needn’t be a factor in older people’s lives,” said Mark Robinson, the chief officer of Age UK, Britain’s largest charity working with older people. The New York Times reports that the prime minister announced that Tracey Crouch, who is the under secretary for sport and civil society in the culture ministry, would lead a government-wide group to establish policies on the issue. In parallel, the Office for National Statistics would help to establish a method of measuring loneliness, and a fund would be set up to help the government and charities to develop a wider strategy to identify opportunities to tackle the problem.
In Montreal, Canada, a man created a replica of the DeLorean sports car seen in the movie “Back To The Future” using snow. The replica was in a snow removal zone, and when a police officer spotted it, he called for backup, according to MSN. When they realized it was a fake, they left on it a faux parking ticket, which CBS Los Angeles said translates to, “You made our night hahahahaha :)” Sanitation workers reportedly plowed down the snow-DeLorean the next day.
In Belfast, Maine, police found a man in his car, stuck in a ditch last week. WGME-TV reports police said when they tried to test for his blood-alc.ohol level, the man punched himself in the face three times, causing himself to bleed. Police tended to his injuries instead of giving him the test, but later charged him with operating under the influence, falsifying physical evidence and criminal mischief.
In Al-Rumahiya, Saudi Arabia, a dozen would-be contestants have been disqualified from this year’s Saudi “camel beauty contest” because their handlers used Botox to make them more handsome. During the month-long camel festival, the dromedaries parade down a dusty racetrack as judges rate the size of their lips, cheeks, heads and knees, Reuters reports. “The camel,” explained the chief judge of the show, “is a symbol of Saudi Arabia. We used to preserve it out of necessity, now we preserve it as a pastime.”
In St. Petersburg, Florida, an attorney is suing Marriott International and a parking service, saying a hotel valet gave his keys to the wrong person. A young man told a woman the car was his, demanded the keys from the valet, saying the ticket was in the car and he’d bring it back. According to the Associated Press, the young man never brought the ticket back and the valet said he stopped paying attention after he “figured he wasn’t getting a tip.” The young man admitted to police that he was trying to impress the woman he just met, but he says he’s innocent of grand theft, because the valet gave him the keys.
In Spartanburg, South Carolina, police were called to a Taco Bell restaurant. A worker was complaining about having to work the morning shift, and after a supervisor told the worker to “stop being a crybaby,” the employee threw a hot burrito at the supervisor. Police say the employee also took off his headset, broke it on his knee and “stormed out.” No arrests have been made, according to the Associated Press.