Red Bees

A bunch of Brooklyn bees have been coming home flushed. The New York City beekeeper Cerise Mayo -whose first name means 'cherry' in French- was puzzled when her bees' honey also turned as red as cough syrup.

She told the New York Times a friend joked that the bees were imbibing the runoff at Dell's Maraschino Cherries Company, in Mayo's neighborhood.

Tests confirmed the bees were riddled with red Dye #40, the same food coloring found in the cherry juice.

Coffins for Gay Market

Two undertakers in the German city of Cologne are trying to tap into the gay market by selling coffins adorned with images of mostly naked, muscular young men in athletic poses inspired by Italian Renaissance paintings.

'You should be able to have a coffin that lets you embark on your last journey in a way that reflects how you lived your life', said undertaker Thomas Brandl and business partner Michael Koenigsfield.

The gay couple also sells coffins and urns in rainbow colors and offers burials around a tree reserved exclusively for homosexuals.

Lovesick Worker

An Australian public servant, who works for the Department of Immigration, took the unusual step of e-mailing all staff to help him find a woman he met at a party.

' I understand this is not the most appropriate channel. It is not my intent to misuse this e-mail address,' he wrote, adding that the had struggled to wrote the message.

' The matter is being investigated by the values and conduct section of the department', declared a spokesman of the Department of Immigration, adding that the worker would be dealt with after that review had concluded.

Useless Robber Hands Himself In

A luckless crook surrendered to police after four robberies flopped in the same day.

Ralf Lautenbach fled after trying to hold up two hotels which set security guards on him - and then abandoned a break in at the local tax office in Muelheim an der Ruhr.

Finally the failing would-be crook handed himself in after he was trapped in his getaway car after using it to ram a bank security cash van. "He needs a change of job," said one officer.

10.10.10, 09.09.09 and 08.08.08

An American woman beat odds of 50 millions to one -according to statistics experts- when her baby was born on 10.10.10, her third child to be born on such a special date.

New arrival Cearra Nicole Soper followed brother Cameron, who was born on 09.09.09, and older sister Chloe, 08.08.08. Mum Barbara said: 'Cearra is our little miracle. Cloe is lucky number eight. Cameron is lucky number nine and she is our lucky number ten.'

The pattern is all the more remarkable because two of the babies were born prematurely. Cearra arrived almost a month early, and Cameron was born tow weeks before he was due.

Barbara and her husband are not tempted to complete a quartet and aim for another baby on 11.11.11.

Bum Rap

Wearing low-slung trousers that show your underwear may have been a hip-hop street fashion for years. But one town in Louisiana (US) was determined to make it very uncool, by hitting pants-flashers with high fines.

Delcambre council voted that sporting saggy trousers should be classed as an act of indecent exposure. Mayor Carol Broussard warned 'People who expose themselves this way will get a $500 fine and risk six months' jail. They'll be better off in a dress.'

Some residents said the law was racially-motivated as most of the town's hip-hop devotees were black. But Broussard insisted: 'White people wear this sagging style too.'

Theatre Sleepover

A London theatre is to stage a show which involves the audience changing into their nightwear and sleeping over in single beds.

Lullaby, produced by the Duckie theatre company, will transform the Barbican's pit theatre into a bedroom complete with en suite bathroom cubicles. Storytelling and cradle song will be followed by a night's sleep and a breakfast the next morning.

'Every time I go to the theatre I fall asleep, so I thought why don't we embrace that idea and make a show that deliberately send people to sleep?' said producer Simon Casson.

Joyful Waving

A bearded old man who sits by the road between two seaside resorts waving at passing cars has become an internet star. The man -who calls himself Moses-Peter- has spent years perched on a chair waving at passers-by for hours at a time.

Motorists have now set up a Facebook called "Strange Old Man Who Sits On A Bench On the Road Between Torquay and Paignton" which has attracted more than 10,000 followers, many of them holidaymakers.

"It gives me an overwhelming sense of happiness when he waves at me. This man is, somehow, magical", says one driver. The mystery man has refused to explain his actions, simply stating "I am spreading a message of joy, love and happiness."

Live and Let Leave

Latvian tourist chiefs scrapped a campaign after their slogan was mistranslated into 'Easy to go, hard to live.'

The Latvian tourist board planned the campaign to promote the capital city of Riga to English-speaking travelers. They hoped to show off the city's cultural highlights to turn around Riga's image as a destination for wild stag parties.

The message was however completely ruined by one simple mistake. 'It is very embarrassing. It was of course meant to say hard to leave' a spokesman admitted, 'but apparently nobody checked it properly before the leaflets and posters went to the printers.'