A royal view
Queen puzzled by fascination with selfies
It's official. She is not amused. The U.S. ambassador to Britain has told Tatler magazine that Britain's Queen Elizabeth II finds the obsession with mobile phone images a bit disconcerting. The monarch expressed her dismay to Matthew Barzun, who spoke with her when presenting his credentials as America's representative. The magazine quoted Barzun as saying "she was essentially saying, 'I miss eye contact.' " Some members of the royal family have posed for selfies with the public. Perhaps the queen's most famous brush with cellphone images was at the Commonwealth Games this summer, when she accidentally "photo-bombed" — popped up smiling in the background — a selfie taken by an Australian athlete.
Beauty queen replies
Apologize, or tiara stays with her
A dethroned 16-year-old beauty queen from Myanmar said Tuesday she won't return her bejeweled $100,000 crown until pageant organizers apologize for calling her a liar and a thief. May Myat Noe was crowned Miss Asia Pacific World, but the South Korean-based pageant stripped her of the title last week. Pageant officials said she was dishonest and unappreciative. They also said she ran off with her tiara after learning she had been dethroned. Noe said that's all wrong. She left South Korea for Myanmar before learning of the decision. And the pageant lied about her age — saying she was 18 instead of 16 — and tried to pressure her into getting plastic surgery "from head to toe," she told reporters. Noe also denied having breast implants as claimed by a pageant official. "I don't want a crown from an organization with such a bad reputation," she said.
A scary moment
Finding grenade, not mushrooms
An Austrian on a woodland search for mushrooms came home with a more dangerous find — a grenade that police say could have been set off by the slightest movement. Police were called by the son of the unidentified 66-year-old man who found the grenade and took it home. Explosives experts subsequently evacuated neighboring houses and exploded the device Tuesday. Police are investigating how the grenade ended up in the patch of forest about 90 miles west of Vienna.
Compiled from wire services