Mohammed the teddy bear: It’s not uncommon for a unruly pet to get its owner into legal troubles, but it is almost unheard of for a stuffed children’s toy to do the same. Yet that’s precisely what happened last week, when a small teddy bear was christened “Mohammed” by a class of Sudanese school children. The authorities in Khartoum did not take kindly to a British school teacher’s class naming a toy after the prophet and pressed charges. Gillian Gibbons, the British school teacher who owned the bear, originally faced up to 40 lashes for the transgression but was ultimately sentenced to 15 days in prison. She was then pardoned. The fate of Mohammed the teddy bear is unknown.

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