• They’re haircuts for horses - but with a difference. A UK-based horse clipper, Melody Hames, is producing some unusual designs on horse backs thanks to a growing trend for horse haircuts to be more than a simple trim. Her designs - via her business JMC Equestrian - reportedly depict everything from love-hearts to birds and even a castle - all apparently driven by an increasing demand from customers. Fancy.
• On the face of it, snapping a selfie with an alligator seems like a bad idea but enough people are apparently doing so with a seven foot long gator in Atlanta in the US, that police have had to issue a formal warning. The gator, dubbed ‘Flat Creek Floyd’, was reportedly spotted sunning itself by Flat Creek in early April and it’s apparently attracted a lot of attention since, so much so that Peachtree City Police have asked people to leave it alone.
• It wasn’t what you call a speedy delivery. Guinness World Records has recently named a message in a bottle released by the UK’s Marine Biological Association in the North Sea in 1906 and found on Amrum Island in Germany in April last year as the world’s oldest. The 108-year-old message (which actually spent 108 years and 138 days at sea) came in the form of a postcard and asked the finder to return it to the association in the UK in return for a one shilling reward. Meanwhile, while we’re talking messages in a bottle - another deeply moving message found in the US recently has gone viral on social media. It was apparently written by a fifth-grader named Jonathan Torres who was writing to a friend Daniel who had apparently died. “If you were alive me and you will be playing football, soccer and basketball…” the letter read. “You were my best friend…I hope you fun with Jesus (sic).” Finder Steve Mershon told Today he intends to put the note back in the ocean along with a response he had penned to the author which he has already shared on social media.
• This week’s unusual church? The Roman Catholic chapel - Chapel of the Holy Cross - which rises out of the buttes (isolated, steep-sided hills) in the Arizona countryside. The chapel near Sedona, which was apparently built as the result of the vision of a local rancher, opened in the 1950s. Its award-winning design, which can be seen for miles, features a massive cross on the facade.
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