Here is a choice selection of the "and finally" news stories from the Monday Briefing in 2018. The Monday Briefing is taking a break until Monday 14th January. In the meantime the Deloitte economics team - Ian, Debo and Tom - wish you a merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

Archaeologists in northern Israel have discovered what they believe to be the world’s oldest site for alcohol production – a cave where the hunter-gatherer Natufian people are believed to have made a beer-like beverage some 13,000 years ago – pale-aleontology.

Japanese opposition lawmakers accused the minister for cyber security Yoshitaka Sakurada of making a mockery of his new role after he admitted to never having used a computer - artificial intelligence.

The English Football Association has been fined £50,000 because England players wore unauthorised socks during the ill-fated World Cup game against Croatia. Dele Alli, Eric Dier and Raheem Sterling wore special cushioned socks over their official kit to aid ankle support – sole-destroying.

America’s cheese stockpile hit an all-time high of 1.69bn pounds due to a fall in demand and a surplus of milk which has a longer shelf life when made into cheese – quantitative cheesing.

Bulgaria agreed to spare the life of Penka the cow after plans to kill her for crossing European Union borders without paperwork triggered an international outcry – free movement.

A group of UK school children sent a Bakewell pudding into the stratosphere using a high-altitude balloon. Tracking devices attached to the delicacy, which record its position, temperature and take photographs, showed it had last reached an altitude of 16,000m – space jam.

Wildlife officials in India’s western state of Maharashtra have bought bottles of the men’s perfume ‘Obsession’ by Calvin Klein to try and catch a tiger which has killed 13 people. The authorities hope the fragrance, which contains a pheromone derived from a cat-like mammal, can lure the tiger in which has evaded capture for two years – fatal attraction.