In Brief

'Dinosaur lightning' photograph captured by park employee

Bolt described as 'a Tyrannosaurus Rex getting ready to chomp a formation at Blue Mesa' - and other tall tales

160819_dinosaur_lightning.jpg

Our pick of the strange stories from around the world.

'Dinosaur lightning' hits US

An employee has captured a lightning bolt shaped like a dinosaur above the Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona. The photograph was released on the US Department of the Interior Facebook page, which described it as "a Tyrannosaurus Rex getting ready to chomp a formation at Blue Mesa". Comments on the photograph suggest it looks more like "a snake", "a cougar" and "an upside-down heart-shaped balloon on a string".

Baby born on plane given a million air miles

A baby born on a Cebu Pacific aeroplane four hours into a flight from Dubai to Manila will have the choice of the world when she grows up after being given a million free air miles by the airline. Haven was delivered by two nurses who happened to be onboard the plane when her mother went into labour five weeks early. Cebu Pacific chief executive Lance Gokongwei gave the gift to the airline's newest passenger to celebrate. The air miles can be shared with her family and have no set expiry date.

Egypt tells female TV presenters to lose weight

Authorities in Egypt have caused a stir by suspending eight female news anchors until they lose weight. Safaa Hegazy, the head of the Egyptian Radio and Television Union, said the women will remain employed in "behind-the-scenes" roles until they are deemed slim enough to return to their on-air positions. Egyptian state television has been steadily losing viewers to new satellite news services that offer "slicker presentation", he added.

Recommended

Barnsley displayed on Kim Kardashian’s behind
Kim Kardashian
Tall Tales

Barnsley displayed on Kim Kardashian’s behind

‘You’ll have to dip your hands in blood to get rid of me’
Today’s newspaper front pages
Today’s newspapers

‘You’ll have to dip your hands in blood to get rid of me’

Is the US Supreme Court fit for purpose?
US Supreme Court
Podcasts

Is the US Supreme Court fit for purpose?

‘Sounds of intimacy’ heard at Wimbledon’s meditation space
A lawn at Wimbledon tennis championships
Tall Tales

‘Sounds of intimacy’ heard at Wimbledon’s meditation space

Popular articles

Are we heading for World War Three?
Ukrainian soldiers patrol on the frontline in Zolote, Ukraine
In Depth

Are we heading for World War Three?

Ten Things You Need to Know Today: 7 July 2022
10 Downing Street
Daily Briefing

Ten Things You Need to Know Today: 7 July 2022

Nato vs. Russia: who would win in a war?
Nato troops
Today’s big question

Nato vs. Russia: who would win in a war?

The Week Footer Banner