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‘Precarious’ rescue as man gets stuck up 32ft lamppost

A man had to be rescued by firefighters after getting stuck at the top of a lamppost in Birmingham. The man scaled the 10m (32ft) lamppost at a junction near Handsworth, and then sat on the light fixture with his bare legs and feet dangling for around an hour. West Midlands Fire Service used a […]

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Shark pulls woman into crocodile-infested waters

A woman was pulled into crocodile-infested waters in northwest Australia by a shark which bit her finger as she tried to feed it. Melissa Brunning, 34, was on a yacht in the remote Kimberley region, some 1,553 miles north of Perth, when she tried to hand-feed up to four tawny nurse sharks swimming around her […]

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Trump fooled by prank call on Air Force One

Donald Trump returned a prank phone call from a comedian pretending to be a senator, during a journey back to Washington on Air Force One. Veteran performer John Melendez, who regularly appears on Howard Stern and Jay Leno’s shows, published a podcast that includes a recording of a three-minute conversation during which he pretended to […]

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A round of appaws for ‘world’s ugliest dog’ Zsa Zsa

A nine-year-old English bulldog called Zsa Zsa has won this year’s world’s ugliest dog contest. The pooch’s owner Megan Brainard, from Anoka, Minnesota, will receive $1,500 (£1,100) following the victory in Petaluma, California. Ms Brainard found Zsa Zsa, who has an underbite and a noticeably long tongue, on a pet search website. Image: The pooch […]

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Why more of your clothes are being ruined by moths

The quality of our clothing and temperature we use for washing could be contributing to a rise in moth infestations, according to a pest killer firm. Call-outs to moth infestations have increased by more than 110% from April to May and by 60% over the last four years, Rentokil said. Some 59% of people prefer […]

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Trump ‘angry baby’ blimp will fly over London

A giant balloon dubbed “Trump baby” has been given the green light to fly near parliament during the president’s UK visit. London mayor Sadiq Khan’s Greater London Authority has approved a request for the flight after thousands signed a petition and a crowdfunding campaign raised more than £16,000 to get the six-metre inflatable off the […]

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Mysterious man pays parking ticket 44 years late

A man named Dave has paid a parking ticket in Pennsylvania – 44 years after he got it. Police in Minersville, in Schuylkill County, received a handwritten note from Dave confessing that he had an unpaid parking ticket – along with a $5 bill. The ticket, for parking in a restricted zone, was from 1974 […]

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Nut-rich diets improve sperm count and power

Nut-rich diets produce a higher sperm count and more powerful swimmers, according to a new study. Scientists made the claim after conducting a randomised trial which measured conventional semen parameters and molecular changes over 14 weeks. The clinical trial found better sperm in the healthy young men aged 18-35 who supplemented their usual western-style diet […]

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Woman pronounced dead wakes up in morgue

A South African woman has been discovered alive in a morgue shortly after being declared dead in a car crash. The woman was found breathing by mortuary technicians several hours after being certified dead by paramedics at the scene of the pile-up outside Carletonville, southwest of Johannesburg. “We followed our procedures – we’ve got no […]

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Are Chernobyl wolves spreading mutant genes?

Wolves from the Chernobyl site have been roaming freely beyond the nuclear disaster zone’s border, increasing fears that they will spread mutant genes. The site became off limits to humans after the nuclear power plant disaster on 26 April 1986, due to concerns about the level of radiation, although it has opened to tourism in […]