Following is a summary of current odd news briefs.
FAA looking into safety of sky-high Harlem Shake dance
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A sky-high video of the Internet dance craze Harlem Shake that went viral on YouTube has captured the attention of aviation officials who said on Friday they are looking into the event over safety concerns. In the video called, "Harlem Shake Frontier Flight 157," members of the ultimate Frisbee team from Colorado College and other passengers are shown frenetically dancing in the aisle and in front of seats last month on the packed Frontier Airlines flight from Colorado Springs to San Diego, California.
Britain's government sells French wine to pay its drinks bill
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's government is selling vintage French wine at around 5,000 pounds a bottle ($7,500) in a bid to make its wine cellar self-funding as part of a national austerity drive and clamp-down on extravagant expenditure. The government wine cellar, located in the basement of Lancaster House near Buckingham Palace, is used to provide wine for foreign VIP guests ranging from royalty to heads of state and prime ministers at 200 or more events a year.
Waiter! There's a giraffe in my kudu
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Only three days after being told their hamburgers may in fact be donkey or water buffalo, South African meat lovers have been dealt another blow: biltong, the fabled dried-meat snack, may not be as "wild" as many packets suggest. Acting on a hunch - and four years before Europe's horse meat scandal broke - researchers at the University of the Western Cape tested 146 biltong samples from major retailers and small butchers from across South Africa.
Lionheart's heart smelled sweet for heaven, scientists find
VERSAILLES, France (Reuters) - The heart of the Lionheart was embalmed with daisy, myrtle, mint and frankincense, kept sweet-smelling in saintly fashion in hope of speeding King Richard of England's ascent to heaven. French scientists have analyzed the organ, kept at Rouen Cathedral since the death of Richard I, known as The Lionheart; they found it was wrapped in linen, treated with mercury, herbs and reverence, and that it held pollen confirming records of his death from a war wound in the spring of 1199, in central France.
Chok! Chok! Chok! ad shakes up mobile marketing
BARCELONA (Reuters) - A strange phenomenon hit Hong Kong in late 2011. As the clock hit 10 pm each night a Coca Cola ad aired on television, prompting thousands of viewers to grab their phones and start shaking them frantically to virtually "catch" the falling bottle caps on the screen and win instant prizes.
U.S. college fraternity raises money for member's partial sex change
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts (Reuters) - A college fraternity in Massachusetts has launched a campaign to raise money for one of its members to undergo partial sex-change surgery, a college official said on Wednesday. Donnie Collins, 20, a sophomore at Emerson College in Boston, was born female but has been living as a male since he was 17, said Jason Meier, the college's director of student activities.
Japanese woman, 114, recognized as world's oldest
TOKYO (Reuters) - A 114-year-old Japanese woman born the same year that radium was discovered was recognized as the world's oldest woman by Guinness World Records on Wednesday. Misao Ookawa, who was born to a clothing merchant in 1898 and now lives in the western city of Osaka, received a certificate acknowledging her status and said she was pleased.
Dog shoots man in Florida - maybe
MIAMI (Reuters) - Police added a dose of skepticism on Wednesday to a report about a man who says he was shot by his dog while driving down a Florida highway. Commander Steve Carr, a police spokesman in the central town of Sebring, where the shooting occurred on Saturday, said there were "some indications" the shooting victim may have made up his "dog shoots man" story.
New Zealand man fatally attacked by shark, police open fire
WELLINGTON (Reuters) - A New Zealand man was attacked and killed by a great white shark on Wednesday in a rare fatal shark incident in the country, prompting police to open fire. Police said they fired shots at the shark after a man was fatally bitten at Muriwai beach located around 40 kilometers (25 miles) northwest of Auckland, one of many beaches dotted along the North Island's west coast that are known for their wild surf.