Chicks: Newly-hatched birds are the latest craze among Vietnamese schoolchildren. Just like a Tamagochi, they grow if you look after them, and tweet if they want food or attention. But a Tamagochi costs almost pounds 20 in Vietnam; a bird is only a few pence.
Polar bear: A man who stole a six-foot high polar bear from a Christmas display at a shop in Nottingham was caught when police followed a trail of artificial snow dropped from the bear. According to a Press Association report: "A sharp-eyed shopkeeper raised the alarm after spotting a man carrying the six foot `daddy bear' under his arm."