STORY, Indiana, has no mayor, no government and an official population that probably would stretch the capacity of a phone box. But it does have one prestigious and hotly contested public office: Village Idiot.

IT'S ahle kicking off in Kassel, Germany's usually tranquil and picturesque "city of fairytales". The local council has got itself in a right tizz over a vegetarian street festival for, er, not serving meat.

Feelings are running high following the, shall we say, lively US presidential election and things have come to a head, somewhat confusingly, in the Canadian city of Hamilton.

"We are not screwing around, Philly," huffed Department of Licences & Inspections spokeswoman Karen Guess. What has got officials so worked up in the City of Brotherly Love? 

A public safety announcement: If you're planning a trip to Hull this summer, perhaps to take in the world-class aquarium The Deep, wander the historic Old Town or be inspired by the natural majesty of the Yorkshire Wolds, then stay on the road, ke

One in the eye for whoever said Americans don't do irony from Jackson, Mississippi, where non-plussed Eddie Prosser decided he'd had enough of trying to get the city to fix a pothole for the past year, so it threw it a birthday party.

Ah, the online poll. A sure-fire way to get eminently sensible, in-no-way-a-massive-wind-up suggestions from the public about the important issues of the day. Or not.

Spooky goings-on at Louth Town Hall in Lincolnshire, where the ghost busters have been called in to investigate if it's haunted.

To the Siberian city of Barnaul, where residents have thrown their support behind Barsik to become their next mayor.

When is an orange peel a banana skin? When a council tries to fine someone for accidentally dropping it, the case goes to court and the council loses, leaving taxpayers with a bill that could run to £8,000.