• Chef Mahbub Chowdhury pleaded guilty in April to food and hygiene violations in Swindon (England) Magistrates Court after inspectors found "brown fingerprints" in the kitchen at his Yeahya Flavour of Asia carry-out restaurant.
Chowdhury was candid about his "cultural" habit of bypassing toilet paper and using his hand to clean himself.
The plastic bottle with the fingerprints, Chowdbury said, contained water that he normally used instead of the toilet paper, and his lawyer argued that since the bottle was never actually lab-tested, the brown spots could have been "spices." [Metro News (London), 4-13-2016]
• England's Brighton and Hove City Council, striving to be progressive, issued a directive to parents of new school students (kids as young as age 4) calling on them to mark the gender identity they prefer -- and notes that any child who identifies as other than male or female should leave the space blank and consult with officials individually.
(Critics, according to The Sun, expressed that school should be for "developing" such identities without the necessity of declaring them so early in life.) [The Sun, 4-19-2016]