Ronald McDonald statue stolen in Michigan

Police in Michigan said a $1,500 reward is being offered for the ‘safe return’ of one of the town’s most popular residents: a Ronald McDonald statue.

The Woodhaven Police Department said the statue, which was seated on a bench behind the McDonald’s in town, was taken at some point in night or early morning time.

Police said the bench was damaged in the theft. “Ronald has been a big part of the Woodhaven community for many years and the Granader family is offering a $1,500.00 reward for his safe return,” police said.


Zoo gorilla and lions catch Covid-19

A gorilla and two lions have tested positive for Covid-19 at the Prague Zoo, which is closed amid lockdown restrictions in the country.

“Lions Jamvan and Suchi and male gorilla Richard tested positive. Their symptoms have been mild so far. The lions have a cold and cough. Richard is tired and lost his appetite,” director Miroslav Bobek said on his Facebook account.

The animals were mostly likely infected by staff and other animals will be tested, Bobek said. Prague Zoo was in touch with other zoos that have seen Covid-19 cases.


World’s most expensive honey

A Turkish company set a Guinness World Record for the world’s most expensive honey with a cave-harvested variety priced at over $5,400 per pound.

Guinness said Centauri Honey, which is harvested from a cave more than 8,000 feet above sea level, is priced at $5,409 per pound, making it the most expensive honey in the world.

The honey is dark in colour and is said to have a bitter flavour. It is prized for its medicinal value, being high in magnesium, potassium, phenols, flavonoids and antioxidants.

The honey can only be harvested once a year, as opposed to two to three times a year for most commercial honeys, to ensure the bees that make the nectar are not disturbed.


World’s heaviest cherry

The “Sweet Stephany” cherry, grown in agricultural firm Salvi Vivai’s experimental cherry garden in Runco di Portomaggiore, Italy, as part of a partnership with the University of Bologna, stood out due to its large size after the harvest in June 2020.

Officials quickly began the process of seeking a Guinness World Record for the cherry, and it weighed 0.93 ounces, beating the previous record of 0.84 ounces.

The university said they had to rush to get the cherry weighed and prepare paperwork for Guinness because the cherry was not expected to have a long shelf-life.

Published in Dawn, Young World, April 10th, 2021

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