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Norway on top of world, but a little whiny

Published November 10, 2006


For the sixth year in a row, the United Nations says Norway is the best country in the world to live in. Which prompted a government official to tell his countrymen: Quit whining. Norwegians often complain of high taxes and waits at its hospitals. "There are unsolved problems in Norway, but let us battle this culture of whining," Aid Minister Erik Solheim said. According to the study, Norwegians earn 40 times more than the study's lowest-ranked country, Niger, live almost twice as long, and have nearly five times the literacy rate. Iceland was No. 2, followed by Australia, Ireland, Sweden, Canada, Japan and the United States. Australia needs Iceland to lose if it is to have any hope of playing Norway in the Rose Bowl.

Airport confiscates tasty local treats

If you go to Mallorca, you have to have an ensaimada, which is a jelly-filled pastry that the island off the coast of Spain is famous for. A lot of people like to take them home with them. And, man, did that cause problems at the airport. Seems some security types decided that jelly is a liquid, therefore subject to confiscation. But there is also an unfilled version of ensaimada, and security found itself having to open every box to determine which were filled and which were not. But there's a happy ending: They changed their mind, and now vacationers can take their treats back home with them again.

Your sentence: 10-20 in timeout

The Dallas County Detention Center in southwest Missouri is undergoing a renovation due to a fire set during an escape attempt. And when it's done, the prisoners may regret spurring the change. The update will include pink walls, dressed with blue teddy bear accents. "If they are going to act like children and commit a childish act, then we'll make a childish atmosphere," Sheriff Mike Rackley said. "We made it like a day care, and that's kind of like what it is, a day care for adults who can't control their behavior in public."

Stunningly, council disapproves of hats

In Saginaw, Mich., the City Council just hates seeing guys inside with hats on. So they passed a rule that they weren't allowed. And they mean it. Ask the college student who came into the meeting wearing a Los Angeles Dodgers cap. The officer on duty told him to remove it, but he showed no interest in taking it off. So the officer tried to grab the hat off his head and the man began kicking at another officer who came to help. That's when they dropped him with 50,000 volts from a Taser gun. They hauled the Dodger fan off, then resumed the meeting without speaking further of the indiscretion.

Compiled from Times wires and other sources by staff writer Jim Webster.

[Last modified November 10, 2006, 01:43:40]

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