Vladimir Putin voted Russia’s sexiest man

And other stories from the stranger side of life

Vladimir Putin in Siberia in 2009
Vladimir Putin in Siberia in 2009
(Image credit: Alexey Druzhinin/AFP via Getty Images)

The results are in and Russians have voted Vladimir Putin as the sexiest man in the country. More than 2,000 Russians said the 68-year-old president is the hottest man in the land. The Moscow Times reports that 18% of Russian men and 17% of Russian women thought Putin was the best looking guy. However, 18% of the women said there were no sexy men in Russia.

Woman makes surprise at wedding

A woman at a wedding in China has identified the bride of her son as her long-lost daughter from the birthmark on her hand. The mother-in-law approached the bride’s parents to ask if they adopted their daughter over 20 years ago and they revealed they had found her as a baby girl by the roadside. However, the bride and groom were not biological siblings so they went through with the ceremony.

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Frenchman fails Quebec French test

An immigrant from France has failed Quebec’s French test for newcomers. Yohan Flaman, a truck driver who moved to Quebec, failed the French test set by the department of Immigration, Francization and Integration. “If I failed it, when I’m French, I can understand how someone who is Mexican, who doesn’t speak French, could fail,” he said. “I think it’s ridiculous.”

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Chas Newkey-Burden has been part of The Week Digital team for more than a decade and a journalist for 25 years, starting out on the irreverent football weekly 90 Minutes, before moving to lifestyle magazines Loaded and Attitude. He was a columnist for The Big Issue and landed a world exclusive with David Beckham that became the weekly magazine’s bestselling issue. He now writes regularly for The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Independent, Metro, FourFourTwo and the i new site. He is also the author of a number of non-fiction books.