Forget paper straws that don't last the distance. Italian bars are serving their drinks with pasta straws. They're also totally tasteless, and can be left on the compost heap when you're finished with them.

Missing car found

"Several years ago, having not used the car for some days, I couldn't remember where we had parked the car," writes John Crace in the Guardian. "Having looked in all the normal places outside the front door, I did a search of the neighbouring streets. No joy. So I could only conclude it had been stolen, though why anyone would have wanted to

Cat on a sewing mission

South Park on China