Berlin, July 22 (Reuters): A pair of flying underpants caused a crash on a German highway when they landed on a driver’s face and blocked his view, police said today.
A police spokesperson in the central town of Gotha said one of a group of naked men in a van threw the underwear into a Volkswagen Passat as they passed it on a busy stretch of one of Germany’s notoriously speedy autobahns.
“The underpants landed on the driver’s face, causing him to ram the truck ahead from behind,” said the spokesperson, adding that he did not know why the men were driving along naked.
No one was hurt in the crash, but police are hunting the owner of the underpants for failing to stop at the scene.
Copenhagen (Reuters): It’s official: Santa is from Greenland, according to an edict from the world’s top Father Christmases at their annual summit in Denmark. Sweating it out in the summer heat in white beards and red hats and robes, 130 Father and Mother Christmases and Santa’s helpers from 12 countries including Japan, Canada, Britain and Spain put an end to debate about which Nordic nation was their real home. “It’s a fact: he comes from Greenland,” said Kurt Flemming, chairman of the 40th annual Father Christmas World Congress. Greenland’s delegate quashed rival claims to the title with the argument: “We have lots and lots of reindeer in Greenland. Didn’t you know that'” But Finnish Lapland, traditional rival of Greenland for the title, was not represented at the congress. After their debate, the delegates paraded through Copenhagen to the strains of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. They cooled their feet on a beach and enjoyed Danish pastries and beer.
Canberra (Reuters): Coldplay singer Chris Martin has been charged by Australian police with malicious damage following an altercation at a beach resort, police said on Tuesday. Martin, 26 — boyfriend of Oscar-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow — and his band headlined the Splendour In The Grass music festival at Byron Bay, 800 km north of Sydney, over the weekend. New South Wales state police have confirmed only that a 26-year-old Englishman had been charged after a car windscreen was smashed at Byron Bay on Sunday, but have not officially revealed the man’s name. “Byron Bay police were told that a press photographer’s car was damaged after a conversation between two people at Seven Mile Beach around noon on Sunday,” a police spokesperson said.