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Str@nge, but true

GUADALAJARA: A team of gullible Mexican tunnelers were tricked into taking part in an aborted bank raid. The five construction workers were arrested after police discovered a 50-m tunnel from an apartment building to beneath a bank in the city's financial district. State police said in a statement that the five men '... admit to having worked on the construction of the tunnel and say they

received 200 pesos (£15) a day for their participation'. The men claimed they did not know what the tunnel was for, even though it started beneath a bedroom and finished under the bank. Police said the tunnel's 'mastermind' was still at large.

ROME: Jesus Christ, son of God and saviour of the world, earned his daily bread as a chartered surveyor, according to a religious historian. Father Giovanni Magnani, a lecturer in Christology at the Vatican's Gregorian University, claims Jesus had a firm of builders and surveyors and enjoyed socialising and the theatre.

LOS ANGELES: American contractors are turning the El Nino weather phenomenon into a money-spinner. Dietmar Kruger, owner of Ardsley Construction, is placing newspaper advertisements

offering discounts for residents looking to protect their homes against storms caused by the weather system brewing in the Pacific. The builder also offers discounts on repairs to anyone who mentions El Nino when they call for quotes.