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Rumbling Atlantis volcano threatens a blast from the past

News you can lose: A volcano that may have inspired the legend of Atlantis is coming back to life, airline is offering husbands a free ticket for their fourth wife and a French driver ended up with his car stuck in the entrance to a Paris metro station.

A volcano that may have inspired the legend of Atlantis is coming back to life.

Historians believe that a castastrophic eruption on the Greek island of Santorini probably destroyed the Minoan civilisation, giving rise to the legend of a lost city.

Santorini erupted in 1620 BC, spewing out huge volumes of lava and submerging much of the island. Now scientists say that a swarm of tremors, detected last year, show that the volcano has re-awoken.

Buy three, get one free

In a promotion to attract new customers, a South African airline is offering husbands a free ticket for their fourth wife.

Kulula Airlines says the only condition is that the other three wives also fly in the "on the house" deal. The airline appears to have taken its inspiration from Jacob Zuma, the country's president, who recently took a fourth wife.

It says that the offer was "inspired by regular VIP travellers with sizeable spousal entourages."

Novel rich list

A fire-breathing dragon from J R R Tolkien's The Hobbit has been named the richest character in fiction.

Smaug, whose address is given as "The Lonely Mountain" has an estimated fortune of $62 billion, according to Forbes's new wealth list of fictional characters.

The magazine attributes his success to a "plunder and hoard" investment style, which has filed his lair with vast piles of gold and jewels.

Other contenders include Bruce Wayne, also known as Batman, the cartoon character Richie Rich, and Charles Foster Kane of the film Citizen Kane.

However Smaug is still not as wealthy as the world's real richest man, Carlos Slim, the Mexican magnate of Lebanese parents, whose fortune is estimated at $69bn.

Wrong exit

Believing it was an underground car park, a French driver ended up with his car stuck in the entrance to a Paris metro station.

The driver said he followed signs pointing to Haussman Parking but instead drove down the steps to the Chaussee d'Antin-La Fayette metro station. He mananged to stop his Dacia Duster with the rear wheels still on the pavement.

Shades of misunderstanding

A Chinese fashion company has refused to apologise for creating a new range of "Helen Keller" sunglasses.

The Xiamen Jinzh company is marketing the sunglasses with the slogan "You see the world, the world sees you." A TV commercial shows a woman being ignored until she puts on a pair of the sunglasses.

Keller, who was blind, deaf and dumb, became a campaigner on radical issues after learning to communicate despite her disabilities.

The company said the sunglasses were a tribute to Keller's "spirit of optimism".

 

jlangton@thenational.ae