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Strange but true

PEOPLE

Chicago, USA: The owner of a Michigan construction company who gave his staff an ultimatum to quit smoking or quit their jobs has now told overweight workers to shed some pounds or quit.

Kevin Wayans said: 'We have to work on eating habits and getting people to exercise. But if you're obese, you're protected.'

He has brought in an eating disorder therapist to speak to workers, has provided 'eating coaches' and created a point system whereby employees earn health-related bonuses.

Idaho, USA: Labourer Floyd Elliot, 22, was charged in December with filing a false police report by claiming an assailant carved the slur 'fag' on his forehead. Police were immediately suspicious because the letters were backward (as if made by someone looking in a mirror).

Oslo, Norway: Plumber Todd Rundgren, 44, has been charged with secretly filming his neighbours when they were using the toilet and in the shower.Rundgren told police he had filmed his neighbours through their bathroom windows by mistake, saying his intention was to film the sunset.

Milwaukee, USA: Local authorities are spending $2 million on a filtering system at a wastewater treatment plant in an effort to stop condoms from floating into Lake Michigan.

The problem was spotted last month when a fisherman said he saw hundreds of spent condoms in the Milwaukee harbour, prompting the state attorney general to threaten to prosecute the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District Commission over the problem.

Workers at the commission said they found only 50 or 60 condoms in the harbour after the fisherman's complaints but the district has been paying an average of $460 per day for an employee to scoop spent condoms with long-handled nets from tanks at a wastewater treatment plant.

The commission agreed to spend $2 million for a short-term solution to the condom problem and later this year will spend $13 million to replace 20-year-old screens that have failed at the plant.