It did seem a strange message to come from Australia's US Embassy - a picture of a pajama-wearing cat holding a plate of cookies. The email, which simply bore the title 'meeting' and described the picture as a "cat pajama-jam" as well as featuring some Latin text and an RSVP button, was reportedly sent out by the Canberra-based embassy last week with recipients a little puzzled about what it was trying to say. But apparently it was all a mistake - the embassy said later that the message had been sent in what it described as a "training error". "Sorry to disappoint those of you who were hoping to attend this 'cat pajama-jam' party, but such an event falls well outside our area of expertise," Gavin Sundwall, US Mission to Australia public affairs counsellor, reportedly said in a later email. Meanwhile, the person who originally posted the cat photograph to Instagram, Jennifer Stewart, later wrote on Instagram that Joey, the cat in the picture, was "upset that the cat pajama-jam won't be happening".

Keep your eyes peeled for someone carrying a giant hammer. A massive, 363 kilogram sculpture of a hammer was reportedly stolen from a community centre in northern California recently and the sculptor is reportedly offering a $1,000 reward to, you guessed it, "nail" the thieves. Artist Doug Unkrey, who made the six metre long hammer which is valued at $US15,000, had loaned the artwork to the Healdsburg Community Center about a year ago. It sat on the lawn outside until sometime earlier this month when it was apparently taken.

Better late than never? A resident of the town of Shreve, in the US state of Louisiana, decided to put that to the test recently by returning a book his mother had borrowed from the local library - 84 years ago. The book, which was checked out in 1934 when the woman in question was 11-years-old, was a collection of poems about a fictional town - Spoon River Anthologies, written by Edgar Lee Masters. It was reportedly found when the lady's son was cleaning his parents' home. Library staff say they never considered a fine, noting that the account under which it had been borrowed didn't exist any more.