And finally… - The Monday Briefing

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To mark the start of the holiday season and the twelve days of Christmas, we present 12 of our best and ‘pun-niest’ "And finally" news stories from the Monday Briefing in 2023. The Monday Briefing is taking a break until Monday, 8 January. In the meantime, the Deloitte Economics team wishes you a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

The EU is cracking down on fake honey imported from a number of countries including China. Half of the honey sold in the trading bloc is not compliant with EU rules – honey-laundering

Blackpool Zoo is trying to recruit people to wear bird costumes and scare away the seagulls from stealing people’s food – fowl job

Police in Maryland tracked down a man involved in a series of night-time explosions by following a trail of Pokémon cards left by the suspect – gotta catch’em all

Hundreds of divers and snorkelers attended an underwater music concert in the Florida Keys, aimed at highlighting coral reef protection. The concert involved people swimming along Looe Key’s marine life and coral formations while listening to music – dive bar

North Carolina police arrested a man for reckless driving after a high-speed chase. The suspect, who fled on foot into nearby fields, was located thanks to cows that led police to his hiding spot – udder-cover work

A cinema in India mistakenly played the film Oppenheimer with the subtitles to Barbie, mashing up the two films – Come on Barbie, let’s go part the atom

Police in Lower Sayreville, New Jersey, reported that a widespread power cut had been caused by a fish being dropped by a bird onto a transformer at a power station – electric eel

Enthusiastic Taylor Swift fans have set a new record. In her show in Seattle, eager Swifties enjoyed the concert so much that they caused a 2.3 magnitude earthquake, according to seismologists – Shake it off!

A 14-year-old cat entered the Guinness World Records book. Bella, a cat from Huntington, Cambridgeshire, broke the world record for the loudest purr made by a living feline. The purr reached 54.6 decibels, which is the equivalent of a boiling kettle – purr-sonal best

A large pig spent days on the loose in Aurora, Colorado, disrupting traffic and making a nuisance of himself before eventually being captured. Fred, as he’s been named by his new home, the Aurora animal shelter, was captured by a coordinated effort between five animal services employees, three parks employees and two others – colla-boar-ation

A rare bottle of whisky was sold for a record-breaking $2.7m at auction by Sotheby’s in November, more than double its estimated price. The Macallan 1926 single malt spent 60 years maturing in dark oak sherry casks before being one of just 50 bottled in 1986 – old fashioned

A lion was spotted roaming the streets of Ladispoli in Italy after escaping from a circus – mane attraction