The Frankfurt Book Fair has an indicator to help publishers gauge public interest in the new offerings presented at the annual exhibition -- the unofficial "most stolen book" index.
Bild am Sonntag and Germany's ZDF television have come up with lists of titles most stolen from 15 leading German publishers' stands set up in the Frankfurt trade fair grounds.
"The most-stolen books are usually the most-sold later on," Claudia Hanssen of the Goldmann Verlag publishing house told Bild am Sonntag newspaper, which published a list of the 10 most stolen German-language books this year.
A Lincolnshire pensioner was fined £75 for putting a bag of rubbish - in a bin.
John Richards, 84, left a neatly parcelled carrier bag in a lamp-post bin rather than wait ten days for his fortnightly waste collection.
But council officials tracked him down and accused him of fly-tipping, reports The Sun.
An Australian man, clad only in underwear, fell nine stories while trying to build a makeshift plank bridge into a neighbor's flat, but lived to tell the tale.
The bridge collapsed just after midnight Tuesday sending the 35-year-old man plummeting into a building structure below, police in Western Australia state said.
MOBILE, Ala. - An 81-year-old woman shot a homeless man Monday morning after finding him washing his clothes in her laundry room, police said.
Authorities in Mizoram, northeast India, are offering villagers a 5-cent cash reward for every rat tail they bring to local authorities, the Indo-Asian News Service (IANS) said Monday.
"We are motivating villagers to kill rats and bring the tail as evidence to local authorities," IANS quoted James Lalsianliana, a deputy director in charge of plant protection and head of the state's rodent control cell, as saying.
ST. ALBERT, Alta. - Thank goodness for women's intuition.
Shirley Dochuk, 61, just about didn't play her regular Western 649 lottery numbers for the Oct. 10 draw, but something inside her told her to go back and get the tickets.
On Friday, Dochuk was revealed to be Alberta's latest millionaire by the Western Canada Lottery Corp. in a news release.
An artist from Newcastle has created an unusual exhibit in her garden out of her unwanted junk mail.
Anne Cohen, 54, from Fenham, has been placing all the junk mail delivered to her by hand - but not by postal service - on a metal spike outside her front door. Started on January 1, the artwork is now more than 5ft tall.
A Mexican priest briefly ended up behind bars after punching a policemen who caught him driving drunkenly through the streets of the northern city of Monterrey.
Priest Manuel Raul Ortega, who was not wearing clerical dress but was clutching a prayer book when captured, launched himself at the traffic cop who pulled him over earlier this week.
On 24 June this year, 51-year-old Reverend Gary M Aldridge, senior pastor at the Thorington Road Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama, was found dead at his home having failed to put in an appearance at that morning's services.
A preliminary autopsy by Dr Stephen Boudreaux "indicated that Aldridge died of suffocation, and that there was no sign of injury". Boudreaux subsequently declared that Aldridge's demise "was not the result of suicide".
Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling is suing organisers of a religious event for constructing a replica of her imaginary Hogwarts Castle in an eastern India city, officials said.
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