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Emoji costume world record set by gatherings in five cities

Guinness World Records said 531 people gathered in five cities to set a world record for “people dressed as emoji faces” in multiple venues. The record-keeping organisation said the attempt, organised by Sony Pictures to promote upcoming film The Emoji Movie, featured a total 531 dressed as the popular characters in Dubai, Moscow, London, Dublin, and Sao Paulo.

“We are incredibly impressed by the level of coordination and timing required to pull off this global record attempt — and it all happened simultaneously! It’s official — this is a fantastic achievement!” Guinness judge Jack Brockbank said.

Josh Greenstein, president of worldwide marketing and distribution for Sony Pictures Entertainment, heralded the result of the attempt. “Achieving a Guinness World Records title is a testament to the enormous worldwide appeal of emojis. It’s great to see so many people getting excited for the worldwide release of The Emoji Movie,” he said.


Cockroaches invade Philadelphia street

Residents of a Philadelphia street were horrified when thousands of cockroaches emerged from a sewer drain, forming a swarm so big that it covered the street at one stage, according to city officials and local media. “There were thousands of them,” resident Pat Wall told NBC10 television of the incident. “It was a horror story that I couldn’t believe I was living.”

A small task force of city workers found the source of the infestation, a drain clogged with refuse, said John DiGiulio, a spokesman for the Philadelphia Water Department. That may have contributed to the swarming in the city’s riverfront Bridesburg neighbourhood, he said.

Roaches are a fact of life all over the city, and the creatures thrive in warm, moist environments, DiGiulio said. “It’s unfortunate but they do live in those type of environments,” he said. “It could have been a disturbance or anything to make them come out.” Sewers are normally cleaned out every few months by the water department and more frequently when a complaint is received, according to DiGiulio. Health department workers will also bait the sewer line in an effort to fight the bugs.


Baboon wanders into power station, causes blackout

Officials with a Zambian electric utility said about 50,000 customers lost power when a baboon wandered into a power station and tampered with equipment. ZESCO, Zambia’s electricity producer and distributor, said the baboon tampered with high voltage machines at the Livingston station, causing about 50,000 customers to lose power. The company said employees investigating the outage found the baboon suffering from injuries related to the shock it received from the machines. The primate was turned over to the Zambia Wildlife Authority, which said the baboon was being treated in an Intensive Care Unit.

“The lines the baboon was tampering with are extremely high voltage,” ZESCO spokesman Henry Kapata told radio station Byta FM. “You can see that it was electrocuted in so many ways but it has survived. It is an animal, we cannot prosecute it otherwise if it was a human we would have taken it to court.”

Kapata said the baboon likely survived the encounter thanks to the animals’ heavily insulated palms. He said a human would have probably been killed in the same situation.


Man told to remove gnomes as they ‘distract’ drivers

A council has ordered an elderly gardener to remove his two garden gnomes under health and safety rules — because they moon at passers by. Laurence Perry, 77, erected the two cheeky ornaments of gnomes baring their backside on a grass verge outside his home in a bid to cheer up his neighbourhood. But he got a letter from officials claiming the gnomes could cause a ‘distraction’ to motorists as they light up at night and warned they would cause an accident.

They told Perry to clear the offending items within seven days or workman would be called out to remove them — and bill the pensioner. Perry, who lives in the village of Wistaton near Nantwich, Cheshire, said: “I feel very disappointed. My daughter bought them for Father’s Day as a bit of fun as she knows I like a laugh.

“I’ve worked with others for four years to turn a piece of land which had been left overgrown, covered in broken bottles and bricks, into a more attractive area.

“It’s all been self-funded as we were turned down for funding by the parish council. “We even bought the sign that says ‘Wonderful Wistaston’ — now I feel like replacing it with one that says ‘Miserable Wistaston’. I’ll put one on garden wall — as that’s my land. And I’ll replace the other with a gnome with his trousers on! Hopefully, no one will find that offensive.” A Cheshire East Council spokesman said: “While we do not wish to spoil people’s fun, there is a safety issue here as such objects could easily cause a distraction to motorists and other road users, leading to an accident.

“We received a complaint about these ornaments which, while seemingly harmless, are designed to attract attention and light up at night.

“Therefore, we have to take steps to have them removed in the interests of road safety and the safety of pedestrians.”





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Pranaam Pawas: A poetic event organised to welcome monsoon

17 Jul 2018 | Staff Reporter | Bhopal

Phir Khule Akaash me Judde Ghataon Ke, Phir Hawaon Ke Dupatte Ho Gaye Jheene, a poetic event centered on creations about monsoon ‘Pranaam Pawas’ concluded in city. The event was organised by the Dushyant Kumar Memorial Manuscript Museum to welcome the monsoon season...

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