BRISBANE

Here’s a twist on getting in the last word: some Australians are hiring Bill Edgar, a former private investigator, to crash their funerals, when the time comes, and deliver messages and revelations from beyond the grave—not all of them necessarily welcome to the assembled mourners. Some examples from The Times of London: one man had Edgar reveal that his wealth came not from admirable hard work but from having secretly won the lottery; another asked him to interrupt the eulogy being delivered by his best friend and accuse the man of having tried to sleep with his wife; and a woman paid Edgar to show up at her funeral and mention to the mourners that, by the way, she’d had affairs with both of her partner’s parents. These footnotes to a life are entertaining and, sure, more than a little anxiety-producing—and all for just $6,500.

Who’s walking Fritz?

BERLIN

If a new law proposed by Germany’s agricultural minister passes, dog owners will be required to walk their pets twice a day for a total of an hour’s time, to give the animals—and presumably the humans—more exercise and stimulation. The so-called Dogs Act (Hundeverordnung) has, for all kinds of reasons, gone over like a lead balloon (Bleiballon?). For one thing, good luck enforcing that law in a country with 9.4 million dogs—one in five households.