Tall Tales

Mayor dog raises funds for playground

And other stories from the stranger side of life

A goat

A goat and a dog that were both elected mayor have helped raise money to renovate a community playground in Vermont. The election of Lincoln the goat, who was voted in as honorary mayor in 2018, has helped raise about $10,000 (£7,300) while the election of the current mayor, Murfee, a Cavalier King Charles spaniel, raised twice that. Humans who live in the area chipped in another $20,000. Unfortunately for Murfee, dogs are banned from the playground.

Man arrested after living in airport

A man who was afraid to fly due to Covid-19 lived inside the secure area of Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport terminal for nearly three months before being caught, prosecutors said. The man, who was using an airport worker’s misplaced credentials, survived “largely from other passengers giving him food,” a court was told. He is charged with felony criminal trespass to a restricted area of an airport and misdemeanour theft.

Pakistan siblings break record

A dozen siblings born in Pakistan have broken the record for the highest combined age: 1,042 years and 315 days as of 15 December. The brothers and sisters of the D’Cruz family were born to parents Michael and Cecilia in Karachi, Pakistan. Their ages range from 75 to 97.

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