Presenter [National, The (United Arab Emirates)]
(National, The (United Arab Emirates) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) papers over the cracks
Baffled viewers called the BBC in London after watching a presenter read the morning news while clutching an unopened packet of photocopier paper.
It emerged that Simon McCoy had picked up the ream of A4 paper by mistake, thinking that it was his iPad.
McCoy realised his error, as a BBC spokesman explained: ''In the rush of live news, he didn't have an opportunity to swap the items, so simply went with it.''
Spooks use Starbucks
US defence officials have admitted that the Wi-Fi at Starbucks is more secure than the Pentagon's computer network.
Air Force Colonel Karen Mayberry confessed that she had ordered her team to the coffee shop to post confidential documents as "the best bad option".
She was giving evidence at a trial of five prisoners accused of plotting the September 11 attacks.
Col Mayberry said her legal team had an "ethical obligation" to use the most secure system to protect confidentiality, and believed that the Pentagon's network was compromised.
But a prosecutor mocked her claim, saying: "You're not concerned about the nice man in the green apron looking over the major's shoulder as he's typing these emails?"
Money for nothing?
For anybody who ever wished for five more minutes under the duvet before work in the morning, Nasa may just have your dream job.
The US space agency is looking for volunteers to stay in bed for 70 days in return for £11,000 (Dh64,968).
The study, which is designed to mimic the effects of a long-duration space flight on the human body, has only one catch: you cannot leave your bed at all during the 10 weeks.
Fashion upsets giraffes
Visitors to a safari park have been warned that they will not be admitted wearing leopard-print clothes, as it upsets the giraffes.
Tiger and cheetah prints are also barred at Chessington World of Adventures near London, with zookeepers saying that animals show confusion and even fear when approached by people wearing them.
Instead, visitors must don grey boiler suits before being allowed into the zoo's new "Zufari" ride, which features zebras, giraffes and rhinos.
A spokesman said: "With the gorillas, people often come to see them in fancy dress, which is now 100 per cent banned. Giraffes have also been putting their heads right into the trucks, and one named Kismet has really taken to the sight of different animal prints."
Horses face judgement
A court in the US is to decide if horse should be declared "a species naturally inclined to mischief and be vicious."
The hearing at the Connecticut Supreme Court follows an incident in 2006, when "Scuppy", a horse at a farm in the state, bit a boy who was trying to stroke him.
The boy's father later sued, but lost the case after the horse's owner insisted that Scuppy had never been aggressive before.
A higher court overturned the verdict, ruling that horses were by nature "vicious". If the verdict is upheld, it could make it hard for children to be allowed near horses.
* James Langton
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