Bosnian Muradif Hasanbegovic, 36, was serving a seven-year sentence for robbery in the Karlau prison, near Graz.
He escaped from the workshop where he helped package and post parts for lampposts.
The man packed himself up in a parcel, and other convicts loaded him onto a lorry. Once clear of the prison he broke out of the parcel, jumped off the back of the lorry and fled.
The lorry driver told police: "I noticed the tarpaulin had a hole in it just as the prison called me and asked 'Have you noticed anything funny? We are kind of missing a prisoner'."
Prison warden Franz Hochstrasser said: "This sort of thing was not supposed to happen. Guards need to count prisoners at the end of working hours. We are investigating the case."
Hasanbegovic is still on the run.
Corrine Chapman was eating lunch with a friend when the manger of the Vineyard pub in Sittingbourne, Kent, asked her to take it off or leave.
She told the Mirror: "He told me hooded tops were not allowed in the restaurant and I must remove it.
"Me and my friend thought he was joking and fell about laughing. I'm 61... I didn't have my hood up and I'm not exactly a typical juvenile delinquent.
Customs officers doing a routine border check opened the back doors of a mini van to discover two fully-grown Siberian tigers.
The male and female tigers were being smuggled into Montenegro from neighbouring Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The driver and two passengers were arrested for the illegal trafficking of animals, which are one of the world's most endangered species.
The tigers are being temporarily looked after in a local zoo.
Siberian tigers tend to live in snow-covered areas and it is unclear how the animals ended up in the Mediterranean country, or what their final destination was.
A jilted Romanian man found a new bride by asking which of his neighbours could fit into the wedding dress.
Florin Mazilu, from Malu Mare in southeastern Romania, is now recommending buying the dress first and looking for the wife second.
He claims his stand-in bride has turned out to be the love of his life after original fiancée Adelina Epure dumped him four days before their wedding.
Mazilu spread word in his hometown that he would marry any girl who fitted into the wedding dress and the wedding ring he had already bought.
Within hours he had found 21-year-old local Ana Maria who fitted perfectly into the dress and ring.
He said: "I had everything prepared for the wedding but no bride. I was determined to go ahead with a wedding though and while the conditions I set for a bride were unusual I knew that if she fitted the dress and could wear the ring on her finger it would work.
"Ana Maria was the only one of dozens of girls who could fit into the dress perfectly and could wear the ring. It was love at first sight. I knew she was perfect from the moment I saw her."
Paula Radcliffe's wee stop during the London marathon has been voted running's most memorable event.
Her unscheduled roadside toilet break in 2005 beat Sir Roger Bannister's historic four-minute mile in 1954.
Radcliffe's embarrassing moment received 28% of the online vote - 1% more than Bannister's memorable run.
In third place, with 20%, was the clash of British great rivals Sebastian Coe and Steve Ovett in the 1980 Moscow Olympics.
Coe, now Lord Coe, finished second to his rival in the 800m, but took the gold in the 1,500m race.
In fourth place, was another duel, between South African Zola Budd and American Mary Decker in the 3,000m at the 1984 Olympics.
The race ended in tears for both after they collided. Decker fell over while Budd finished out of the medals.
Jesse Owens' feat of winning four golds in front of Hitler at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin was voted fifth.
The poll was conducted by Realbuzz.com.
A dead woman won an election to a rural school board in Alaska - on the toss of a coin.
Katherine Dunton died on the day of the election which left her and challenger Dona Highstone tied.
Even with Dunton's death, state law required a tie vote to be settled by lot after an official recount.
Highstone called heads, but the coin landed on tails. The school board at Adak must now find a replacement.
A German witch had a bad Halloween after a Munich court ordered her to refund over £600 for a failed love potion.
Tina Schultz, 37, from southern Germany, paid witch Madam Mitternacht £670 to make her former lover return to her.
But, after he failed to be influenced, the lovesick woman turned to the courts.
They ruled the witch had breached trade description rules by selling a product that did not work and ordered the fee refunded.
The German justice system ruled that a love potion is an "impossible service" and therefore was a false claim.
Romanian witches are hiring English teachers so they can cash in on the country's EU entry by targeting new clients.
Local 'celebrity' white witch Ioana Sidonia is the latest witch to start having English lessons so she can cast spells for new English-speaking clients when Romania joins the EU in January.
She said: "My magic powers told me that not only would Romania prosper from joining the EU, but that it would bring me lots of English-speaking clients.
"There will be lots more foreigners around and by learning English I can help them.
"Until now the only words of English I could speak were the names of different whiskies. I thought I should expand my vocabulary."
The M6 has been named Britain's most haunted road in a new Halloween survey.
The M6's spooky reputation follows with reports of phantom Roman soldiers, a ghostly woman and a lorry driving against the flow of traffic.
Motorists have also reported eyes looking out from bushes in Platt Lane, Leigh, Manchester - the scene of a mining disaster years previously.
The A9 in the Highlands was the second most haunted after a family reported seeing an ornate coach and horses, along with bewigged footmen.
The road appears again at number eight in the list, produced by Tarmac, following a sighting of a Victorian-clad man on a horse at The Mound between Dornoch and Golspie.
There were reports of a phantom dog on Great Yarmouth High Street and ghostly children playing in Gloucester Road, Finsbury Park, north London.
A guardian angel voice allegedly alerted a woman driver of an out-of-control car on the B4293 in Devauden in Wales and a lady in Victorian dress was reportedly spotted on the B3314 near Tintagel in Cornwall.
2 The A9 in the Highlands
3 Platt Lane, Leigh, Manchester
4 High Street and Suffield Road in Great Yarmouth
5 Gloucester Drive, Finsbury Park, north London
6 The B4293 at Devauden, Wales
7 The B3314 near Tintagel, Cornwall
8 The Mound, on the A9 near Dornoch
9 The B1403 near Doncaster, South Yorkshire
10 Drews Lane, Ward End, Birmingham
Prince William reportedly lost his machine gun during firing practice at Sandhurst.
Wills, 24, was given a rollicking by senior officers after misplacing the L86 rifle, according to the Mirror.
The prince had been handed the weapon in a morning briefing and told to head to the firing range.
But he managed to mislay it somewhere on the Royal Military Academy campus near Camberley, Surrey.
It turned out that another cadet had picked up his gun and used it instead.
Wills was so concerned that he spent two hours pedalling around on a friend's bicycle in a desperate bid to find it.
Osama Bin Laden's secret caves hideout is being converted - into a £5.3million tourist resort.
Hotels and restaurants are being constructed on mountains overlooking the al-Qaeda chief's Tora Bora refuge in Afghanistan, reports the Sun.
Former warlord Gul Agha Sherazi, now a local governor, said: "Tora Bora is world famous - but we want it to be known for tourism, not terrorism.
"It was known as a picnic spot long before anyone had heard of Osama Bin Laden."
Bin Laden, who hid there in 2001 after the Taliban government was ousted, is believed to have fled after a US bombing blitz.
Two journalists were killed there this month but Mr Sherazi insisted: "Tora Bora is 100 per cent safe."
A mug has been created which means tea drinkers will never have to wash up another spoon.
Inventors have created a stainless steel cup with a tiny battery-powered propeller in the base which stirs the drink at the touch of a button, reports The Sun.
The £12 mugs can even clean themselves, users just have to put hot water and washing up liquid in the cup and press the stir button instead of scrubbing by hand.
A telephone helpline offering cheery sounds has been launched to help people suffering from the winter blues.
It features a reading of Wordsworth's Daffodils, the sound of water lapping at Windermere and sizzling Cumberland sausages.
A judge in Chile has sentenced a teenage thief to go to mass every day for a year.
Claudio Araneda, 18, from Ercilla, must also paint his local church white and keep it clean.
Judge Ricardo Traipe passed the unusual sentence after hearing Araneda had stolen four empty gas containers from the church and sold them.
Local priest Edgardo Solar had asked the judge not to send Araneda to prison.
The priest told Terra Noticias Populares: "It is a way to make sure he is not going to forget Jesus. The church is here to help people overcome their sins."