•  An enterprising Amish man in Michigan has branded his horse and buggy service "Amish Uber". Timothy Hochstedler has been offering $US5 rides in the US city of Colon after hearing about the ride-sharing service. "Uber is a cool thing, every single year something new comes in and Uber is hot right now, so we have the Amish Uber," he told WWMT in West Michigan. "We can deliver people to their front door steps." We should point out that while he's using the name 'Uber', he isn't attached to the company. And forget the idea of using an app to set up your ride - the only way to hitch one with Mr Hochstedler is to flag him down. 

Dog with boots

PICTURE: Stadtpolizei Zurich.

Police in the Swiss city of Zurich are reportedly urging dog owners to buy shoes for their canine pets to protect their paws in the high temperatures being experienced in Europe this summer. The 'Hot Dog' campaign reportedly aims to educate dog owners how they can protect their pets' feet with a police spokesman telling public broadcaster SRF: "When a dog walks on hot asphalt, he can burn his feet - just like a human walking barefoot". They are also advising people not to leave their dogs in cars and to ensure they have enough water. The police Facebook page features images of police dogs wearing boots as they go about their duties.

Residents in a suburb of the US city of Boise were surprised recently to find a rogue band of more than 100 goats munching their way through their neighbourhood. The goats, owned by a firm called We Rent Goats, had reportedly been brought to a city neighbourhood to consume some weeds but had decided the grass was greener over the fence. A mass breakout followed and they goats were soon found eating some grass, flowers and shrubs in people's front yards. Fortunately they were rounded up before too much damage was caused. No kidding.