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Rus­sian caught nap­ping on carousel

A Rus­sian tourist picked an un­likely place for a post-flight nap — the lug­gage carousel.

Pas­sen­gers at Do­mode­dovo Air­port in Rus­sia were shocked to see the man curled up asleep as they waited for their suit­cases to be un­loaded.

As the con­veyor swung left and right, the man re­mained obliv­i­ous, prompt­ing many to pull out their cam­eras and smartphones to record the sur­real scene.

But as the Daily Mail re­ported, many were ap­par­ently too dis­tracted to no­tice.

“In­cred­i­bly, other pas­sen­gers ap­pear more con­cerned with spot­ting their lug­gage than the fate of the doz­ing man in shorts.”

‘Hero’ re­turns cam­era from icy obliv­ion

An Aus­tralian pho­tog­ra­pher who lost her cam­era dur­ing a trip to Antarc­tica — home to lit­tle more than pen­guins, seals and ice — was amazed when it was re­turned to her in­tact.

Hu­lia Boz, 34, was as­tounded when an un­known “hero,” be­lieved to be part of an Amer­i­can ex­pe­di­tion to the con­ti­nent, re­turned the point-and-shoot cam­era con­tain­ing once-in-a-life­time mem­o­ries.

The man handed the cam­era to of­fi­cials in Antarc­tica, who posted the Syd­ney woman’s self­ies on Face­book, where they were seen by her friends.

“I’m amazed,” she told the Aus­tralian As­so­ci­ated Press. “I can’t be­lieve that some­one’s ac­tu­ally crossed paths with where we were.”

She added: “I’ve now got a story to tell my grand­kids — not only that their grand­mother went to Antarc­tica, but also this crazy story where I got my cam­era back from the bot­tom of the earth.”

Barista mixes foa­mand faces

Fancy a car­i­ca­ture with that cap­puc­cino? A barista in the Philip­pines is of­fer­ing in­cred­i­bly de­tailed por­traits on the top of foam drinks he serves at a café in Manila.

Graphic artist Zach Yon­zon, who runs Bunny Baker Café with his wife, cre­ates the mini mas­ter­pieces on top of cof­fee drinks, with Filipino boxing hero Manny Pac­quiao among the favourites.

The vis­ual treats are made us­ing a spoon and bar­be­cue skewer dipped in choco­late — and are dished up at no ex­tra cost.

Yon­zon says tourists love it. “The most that they’ve ever seen is a leaf or a heart, and that al­ready makes them happy, but I want to go one step fur­ther and give them a pic­ture of their baby, their boyfriend, or their favourite car­toon char­ac­ter.”

Stowaway wanted to see big city

A 21-year-old stowaway was plucked “dazed and stag­ger­ing” from the wheel well of a jet at an In­done­sian air­port af­ter sur­viv­ing freez­ing tem­per­a­tures at al­ti­tudes of 10,000 me­tres.

Mario Ste­van Am­barita was found wob­bling and bleed­ing on the tar­mac af­ter the Garuda air­craft landed at Soekarno-Hatta air­port on Su­ma­tra is­land, the Kom­pas news­pa­per re­ported.

Am­barita man­aged to breach a fence and climb into the plane’s wheel com­part­ment be­fore it took flight, a Garuda spokesman said.

His ex­act mo­tives are un­known but his fam­ily told re­porters that he’d al­ways dreamt of es­cap­ing small-town life to see the sprawl­ing In­done­sian cap­i­tal Jakarta.

The Garuda spokesman said Am­barita was taken to a clinic for treat­ment of oxy­gen de­pri­va­tion, a bleed­ing left ear, and fin­gers that had turned blue.

$675k in loose change for U.S.

The U.S. gov­ern­ment is a lit­tle flusher to­day af­ter pock­et­ing nearly $675,000 in loose change left be­hind by dis­tracted air trav­ellers.

That much in quar­ters, dimes and other coins was left un­claimed by pas­sen­gers catch­ing flights last year in the U.S., CNN re­ported.

That’s a mas­sive 76 per cent in­crease on the $383,414 col­lected in 2008.

A spokesman for the Trans­porta­tion Se­cu­rity Ad­min­is­tra­tion says it tries to re­turn items left be­hind at se­cu­rity check­points — in­clud­ing loose change — but if the money goes un­claimed it is doc­u­mented and handed over to the TSA fi­nan­cial of­fice.

Since 2005, Wash­ing­ton has al­lowed the TSA to use the money to help fund se­cu­rity im­prove­ments.


A Rus­sian tourist was found asleep on the lug­gage con­veyor at Do­mode­dovo Air­port in Rus­sia.

A cup of white choco­late cap­pu­cino.

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