The group at Walker County Jail in Alabama, US, craftily used the spread – taken from prison sandwiches – to alter the number of an inmate’s cell door to a number identifying a door leading outside.
When an inmate then asked a newly-employed guard to open his cell’s door, the inexperienced prison guard – who was watching on closed-circuit camera from a control room – inadvertently opened the outside door.
The group subsequently fled outside at around 6.20pm local time on Sunday and used blankets to climb over the prison’s razor-wire fence in less than 10 minutes.
Despite eleven of the group being recaptured within eight hours, 24-year-old Brady Kilpatrick, who had been jailed on drugs charges, was still on the run on Monday.
A helicopter was being used to hunt the sole remaining fugitive while off-duty police officers were drafted in to help.
A $500 (£380) reward was offered for information leading to an arrest.
Of the group, who are aged between 18 and 30, two had been imprisoned on attempted murder charges.
Commenting on the unusual tactic used to fool the prison guard, local sheriff James Underwood said: “It may sound crazy, but these kinds of people are crazy like a fox.
“He thought he was opening the cell door for this man to go in his cell, but in fact he opened up the outside door.
“Escapes happen. We’ve got some evil people down here, and they scheme all the time to con us and our employees at the jail.
“You’ve got to stay on your toes. This is one time we slipped up. I’m not going to make any excuses.”
Thousands of people have watched the video of Special Constable Jason Cox strutting his stuff after being challenged to a dance-off.
Dorset Police uploaded the clip of the police officer’s arresting dance moves, but perhaps could have been more charitable when describing his style.
The force wrote: “We hope you love ‘dad dancing’ Special Constable Cox as much as we do!”
Festival-goers clapped and cheered as the policeman jived in his uniform, helmet and hi-vis jacket – with one delighted woman matching him move for move on their impromptu dance floor.
The 41-year-old has gained plenty of fans on Facebook, with one writing: “Moves like Jagger… Top stuff officer!”
He was also praised by Assistant Chief Constable Mark Cooper, who said: “We’re really proud of the work of our officers who were supporting the on-site security at Camp Bestival.
“By engaging with members of the public in this way, we hope it will build relationships and encourage young people in particular to run to us when they’re in danger, rather than be scared of the uniform.”
Camp Bestival, which was being held at Lulworth Castle in Dorset over the weekend, was headlined by Mark Ronson, Madness, and Brian Wilson Presents Pet Sounds.
The triumvirate of tedious-titled towns, which span three continents, joined forces in the lighthearted celebration of the mundane.
To mark the partnership, dubbed the League of Extraordinary Communities, the Perthshire village of Dull is preparing a warm Highland welcome for a delegation jetting in from Bland in New South Wales, Australia.
Bland’s tie-up with Dull came after the Scottish hamlet twinned with the quiet American farming town of Boring, Oregon, back in 2012 – a move that required the official seal of approval from the state Senate.
After their pairing, 9 August was declared as “Boring and Dull Day” across the US state. There is also an official Dull and Boring tartan in a sign of the close links.
Putting mediocre on the map:
:: DULL – Tiny Highland village with around 84 residents
:: BORING – A small farming town in Oregon with around 8,000 residents – some 5,542 miles from Dull
:: BLAND – A former gold prospecting area in New South Wales, which has about 6,000 residents – some 10,343 miles from Dull
Iomhar Fletcher, chairman of Dull and Weem Community Council, said the visit by the group led by the Mayor of Bland, would provide an opportunity to strengthen links between their communities.
A civic reception, hosted by local provost Dennis Melloy, is being held in their honour, where a dram is set to be raised to Boring absent friends.
Mr Fletcher said: “The partnership has done wonders for our small community. We are always meeting visitors who have heard about it and wanted to see the place for themselves.
“We have possibly got the most photographed village sign anywhere in the UK.
“People queue up to get pictures taken.”
He added: “It’s a nice humorous, lighthearted way of promoting your community.
“We have so many things to offer people when they come here.
Western drivers like the distinctive “new car” smell but in China people prefer their cars to be odourless.
At its research plant outside the eastern Chinese city of Nanjing assessors carefully test the smell of all materials going into Ford cars to be sold in China and Asia.
Paying attention to cultural distinctions is becoming increasingly important to global companies targeting consumers in markets where attitudes vary widely.
A report last year by A. J. D. showed that unpleasant smells was the top concern for Chinese drivers.
“In North America, people want a new car smell and will even buy a ‘new car’ spray to make older cars feel new and fresh. In China it’s the opposite,” said Andy Pan, a Ford supervisor at the facility.
Smell assessors in China carry out a third more tests than their counterparts in Europe, performing 300 tests every year.
The odour of all materials used are rated from “not perceptible” to “extremely disturbing”, with some materials sent back to the supplier.
Materials can be noted as smelling of anything from burnt tire, to bad meat or moth balls and dirty socks.
Testers for Ford undergo a tough selection process to ensure they are up to the task, having to pass blind smell tests before being chosen.
“We have to have very healthy habits; we can’t smoke, we can’t drink,” said one of the team, 33-year-old Amy Han.
She added she avoids spicy food and does not wear nail polish, strong perfume or even a leather jacket to keep her smell sense sharp.
Smell is just one factor carmakers are focusing on in China, where Ford’s sales are down 7% this year.
Local car companies Geely Automobile and BYD Co Ltd highlight their in-car air filters to protect drivers from harmful air pollution.
BMW is increasing the size of in-car touch screens and tweaking colours to appeal to consumers in China.
There’s been a big focus on new energy vehicles in Beijing, reflecting a wider concern about chemicals and pollution.
“When I lived in the United States I might look at the suspension or the engine,” said Don Yu, China general manager at CGT, which makes materials to cover car seats and dashboards for General Motors, Volkswagen and Ford.
“In China, though, people open the car and sit inside, if the smell isn’t good enough they think it will jeopardise their health.”
There were no reports of injuries and the cause of the fire was unknown.
A Kent Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said crews removed the sides and roof of the vehicle before manually removing the contents of the trailer, “believed to be approximately 25 tons of chocolate”.
Kent Highways later released pictures revealing sodden boxes of Lion bars scattered across the road from the burnt-out lorry.
One Twitter user caught up in the delays posted: “As far as I can see, everyone (myself included) is mourning the loss of the truck’s cargo of Lion bars!”
Another user wrote: “Damn. Lion Bars are hard to find at the best of times. I wonder whether they need help with the cleanup…”
One Twitter user expressed relief that “they were only Lion Bars” and “no real chocolate was harmed” in the “gooey” incident.
Congestion in the area was made worse following a crash between the junctions for Gravesend west and Gravesend central.
Two people sustained minor injuries in the collision involving a car and a motorcycle.
Scientists at the University of Manchester believe the sheer size and weight of the dinosaurs made running impossible, as their legs would have buckled and broken under the pressure of their heavy load.
The results contradict an earlier predictions by biochemical models that T-rex could hit speeds of 45mph.
Researchers say even their walking speed would have been limited because of the impact movement had on the skeleton.
The experts created a new simulation model to test their findings – combining two biomechanical techniques known as multibody dynamic analysis and skeletal stress analysis.
Professor William Sellers, who led the research, said: “The running ability of T-rex and other similarly giant
dinosaurs has been intensely debated amongst palaeontologists for decades.
“However, different studies using differing methodologies have produced a very wide range of top speed estimates and we say there is a need to develop techniques that can improve these predictions.
“Here we present a new approach that combines two separate biomechanical techniques to demonstrate that true running gaits would probably lead to unacceptably high skeletal loads in T-rex.”
He added that the findings also meant running at high speeds was probably highly unlikely for other large two-legged dinosaurs such as Giganotosaurus, Mapusaurus, and Acrocanthosaurus.
Fans of Jurassic Park may be disappointed by the research, as it shatters the illusion that a rampant T-rex would have been able to chase a 4×4 through a forest.