Armed Santa Claus robs US bank
A US bank has been held up by an armed man dressed as a Santa Claus.
Santa threatened to come back and ‘kill everyone’. Photo: ENTERPRISE NEWS AND PICTURES
According to Metropolitan Nashville Police, a man wearing a Santa Claus suit – including hat, beard and moustache and dark sunglasses – robbed a SunTrust Bank, demanding money from a member of staff at gunpoint.
After the teller handed over the cash, the man fled in a grey car.
According to witnesses, the bank clerk had asked the robber to remove his sunglasses but he refused, reached into his sack and pulled out his gun.
He demanded money and told staff if they put dye bombs with the cash he would come back and "kill everyone".
He stashed the money in his sack and fled, telling staff and customers he needed the cash because "Santa needed to pay his elves".
Police have refused to reveal how much money was taken by the suspect, who is described as white, with brown hair and about six feet tall.
A police spokeswoman said it was the first time a Santa suit has been used to pull off a robbery in the area in recent years.
The clothing of choice is usually sweatshirts and sunglasses or a Halloween mask, she added.
It is not unheard of for robbers to wear Santa suits as a disguise.
In the most notorious case, a gang including a man dressed as Santa shot and killed six people and injured several others in a robbery in Cisco, Texas, on December 23, 1927.
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Brown bears in spectacular wrestling duel
Two brown bears have been pictured fighting in front of a snow-topped mountain range in Alaska.
The duel was photographed by Scott Cromwell during a bear spotting trip to Hallow Bay, part of the Katmai National Park, in Alaska.
Photo: SOLENT NEWS AND PHOTOS
Despite one of the bears holding a definite weight advantage, the giant animals grappled and exchanged blows.
But after 15 minutes of combat they seemed happy to call it a draw and went hunting for salmon in a nearby river.
The duel was captured by amateur photographer Scott Cromwell during a bear-spotting trip.
He flew for six hours from Homer, Alaska, to Hallo Bay, which is part of the Katmai National Park, also in Alaska, to see the animals.
Cromwell, 38, said: "The guide and pilot flew us over a known area and we spotted a few bears so we landed on the beach a few hundred yards away from them.
"We walked up to about 250ft from them and stood and watched from a dry part of the river bed.
"They instantly quit fishing for salmon in the river and ran out in the open in between us and the mountains.
"The smaller bear came out into the open first but then the bigger one galloped after it making a lot of noise.
"They circled around the whole large area a couple of times and then started wrestling right in front of us – we were no more than 100ft away.
"I couldn’t believe what was happening – we had only just got off the plane and this all seemed to have happened instantly."
TV repairman Scott said the bears battled for 15 minutes before getting bored or hungry and returning to hunting for salmon.
He added: "I was leaning over the whole time while shooting, trying to get as close to the ground as possible without including any grass in the foreground.
"It truly was the most enjoyable 15 minutes of my life. In fact the whole trip was the best six hours of my life.
"Seeing bears this close really is incredible."
‘Walking with Dinosaurs’ robot goes walkabout in Mexico
A remote-controlled dinosaur robot worth about £60,000 has been stolen from Australia’s "Walking with Dinosaurs" show in Guadalajara, event organisers said on Monday.
Photo: CHRISTOPHER PLEDGER
"Only in Mexico! How it happened, we don’t know. We don’t even know if whoever stole it knows its value," said Karla Arroyo, a spokesman for the show.
It was the first time an exhibit has been stolen from the show, which has toured worldwide and been seen by more than four million people, she said.
"Walking with Dinosaurs" opened in Guadalajara on Friday, and staff discovered that one of the smaller robots was missing after the show closed that same day.
The missing reptilian is five feet tall and moves by remote control. At around £60,000, it is the least expensive of its fellow robots at the show, which measure up to 42 feet and cost up to £600,000, Ms Arroyo said.
Despite the robbery, she said the show "did not stop".
"Everything went on as usual," she added.
Scientists create the world’s smallest ‘snowman’
Scientists have created the world’s smallest ‘snowman’, measuring about a fifth of the width of a human hair.
The snowman is made of two tiny tin beads, normally used to calibrate electron microscope lenses, which were welded together with platinum Photo: Dr Cox / National Physical Laboratory
Experts at the National Physical Laboratory in West London made the miniature figure which is just 0.01mm across.
However, far from the thrill of rolling balls of snow around a field to build their masterpiece, it was assembled using tools designed for manipulating nanoparticles.
The snowman is made of two tiny tin beads, normally used to calibrate electron microscope lenses, which were welded together with platinum.
A focused ion beam was used to carve the snowman’s eyes and smile, and to deposit a tiny blob of platinum for the nose
It was put together by Dr David Cox, a member of the Quantum Detection group at the laboratory, who also took the picture.
However, Britons searching for the real thing will have to head for the northern hills of Scotland, where forecasters say there is a chance of snow falling over the weekend.
Meanwhile, the Alps have seen heavy snow falls in the past week allowing the ski season to get under way at many resorts. Andermatt in Switzerland has received nearly 40 ins (100cm) of fresh snow.
The NPL is one of Britain’s leading science facilities and research centres. It is a world-leading centre of excellence in developing and applying the most accurate measurement standards.
Japanese man ‘marries’ computer game character
A Japanese man infatuated with a character in a computer game has married the object of his desires in a solemn ceremony in Tokyo.
Wedding Party: SaL9000(left), Nene on the DS being held by the best man
The Bride, Nene Anegasaki, from Konami’s Love Plus Photo: Konami
The groom – who calls himself SAL9000 – says he fell in love with Nene Anegasaki from the Nintendo DS game Love Plus after a string of failed romances with girlfriends from other animated games.
The wedding took place at the Tokyo Institute of Technology and was presided over by a priest. The groom, dressed in a white suit and tie, read his vows before Ms Anegasaki flashed hers up on the touch screen of his red Nintendo.
The event was broadcast live on the Nico Nico Douga website, with the groom’s best man giving a speech and Ms Anegasaki’s maid of honour – also imaginary – posting an on-screen message expressing her happiness at the first union of a man and computer character.
The reception included a disco and the entire event attracted thousands of online comments before SAL9000 and his new wife jetted off to the Pacific island of Guam for their honeymoon.
In an online message, SAL9000 said: "I had heard before that the groom is very busy during a Japanese wedding, but it was much more than I expected.
"Both the actual wedding space and the live web site were full on the day and I’m so happy that so many people were able to witness this.
"Now that the ceremony is over, I feel as if I have been able to achieve a major milestone in my life," he wrote. "Some people have expressed doubts about my actions, but at the end of the day this is really just about us as husband and wife.
"As long as the two of us can go on to create a happy household, I’m sure any misgivings about us will be resolved."
The message included photos of the groom shopping in Tokyo with his bride in his hand, as well as photos from their honeymoon – including one of SAL9000 playing on the beach watched by his new wife, a tropical flower resting gently on her screen.
There may be trouble ahead for the newly-weds, however, as SAL9000 has not informed his parents that he has got married. The couple plans to visit his family over the New Year holidays to announce their betrothal.
By Julian Ryall in Tokyo
Published: 2:32PM GMT 03 Dec 2009
Penguin searches for winter coat
A lone adult penguin looks like it is searching for a warm winter coat as it wanders among dozens of fluffy chicks on an island in the southern Atlantic.
An adult King penguin wonders amongst chicks on South Georgia Island Photo: David C Schultz/SOLENT
The black and white king penguin waddled into the crowd of chicks – known as woolies – as they fattened up on the shoreline of South Georgia Island.
The birds pictured are among 400,000 king penguins living in the world’s largest colony.
Photographer David C Schultz named his shot "Penguin Day Care" because the adult is supervising the brown chicks playing in the stream.
The chicks lose their brown down feathers after a year.
Schultz spent several days on the island trying to get a shot of the penguins where they were not huddled together too closely.
He said: "In conditions like this there is complete chaos and constant movement.
"Most of the penguins tend to be so tightly packed together that isolating a point of interest is a challenge.
"I was watching this group of woolies all standing around the stream when one adult wandered into the mix, so I started shooting.
"I like this photo best because the adult is leaning out and seems to be peering around the chicks.
"’Penguin Day Care’ came to mind as a title almost immediately and it is the one shot in my gallery that everyone stops at for a closer look.
"They’re usually trying to figure out, what are these things that look like ‘kiwis on legs’, as one person put it."
He added: "South Georgia Island is, in my opinion, the jewel of any trip to this southern region of the world.
The king penguin, or Aptenodytes patagonicus, is the second largest species of penguin, after the Emperor Penguin.
They grow up to 90cm (3 ft) tall and weigh between 11 and 16 kg (24 to 35 lb).
King penguins eat small fish and squid.
Published: 9:52AM GMT 03 Dec 2009 by www.telegraph.co.uk