Gorgonzola Prevents Robbery

A supermarket cashier prevented three armed men from robbing her store by throwing cheese at them.

The masked men demanded the supermarket's daily takings at gunpoint in Berlin-Wilmersdorf, but cashier Martina Bolle, 50, refused to hand the money over. Instead, she grabbed packs of cheese from the delicatessen counter and began bombarding the gunmen with them.

"She hit one of them smack in the face with a very ripe gorgonzola which must have been like getting a dose of natural CS gas," said one shopper.

License to escape

Irish police have solved the mystery of a Polish recidivist who clocked up 50 traffic offenses on different addresses and was never caught.

An internal police memo said that officers taking details of Polish traffic offenders had been mistakenly using "Prawo Jazdy" printed on the top right corner of the driving license, as the holder's name.

"Prawo Jazdy is actually the Polish name for driving license and not the name on the license," the police memo dated June 2007 said. "It is quite embarrassing to see the system has created Prawo Jazdy as a person with over 50 identities."

Naked Hikers Go Home

Locals in the Swiss Appenzell region are appalled by an apparent rise in numbers of naked hikers and have voted to ban them for good. The phenomenon has otraged many in the conservative canton, where women did not have the right to vote until 1990.

The new law was passed at the traditional annual assembly that takes place on the last Sunday if April. Residents also voted overwhelmingly for a fine of CHF200 (132 Euro or 170 US $) to be imposed anyone found to be hiking in little more that their boots and socks.

Undeterred by the cold, German nudist websites which describe naked hiking as "a special experience of nature, free and healthy" have named the Appenzell region the best place for the pastime, pointing out that it dates back to ancient times.

A Kick in the Teeth

After its dismal performance at an away match, a German football team is reimbursing all 600 of their supporters who were present. Energie Cottbus fans traveled 610km to Gelsenkirchen to watch the team play, only to witness its sixth defeat in seven days.

The offer was made through the Cottbus website, and reads: "By refunding the cost of admission for their supporters, the red and whites would like to apologize for the pitiful performance which they displayed at the Veltins Arena."

DVD Thief Went Back For Remote

A burglar who stole a DVD player in China was arrested - when he went back for the remote.

Song, 25, of Chengdu first broke into the house in December. He later realized that he had forgotten the remote control so he broke into the same building a month later. But this time he found the the owner, Dai, watching TV in the living room.

Under pressure from Dai, Song admitted he had been responsible for the previous raid and Dai escorted him to the police station to report the crime. To Dai's amazement, police said the $140 DVD player was not worth enough to prosecute Song.

A Wee Drink

Indian's Hindu nationalist movement says it is in the final stages of developing a new soft drink made from cow urine.

The Cow Protection Department of the Rashtruya Swayamsevak Sangh, India's biggest and oldest nationalist group is behind the new brew.

Department head Om Prakash said the drink -called gau jal or cow water- was undergoing labor tests and would soon be launched "very soon, maybe by the end of this year". "Don't worry, it won't smell like urine and will be tasty too."