Republican suggests altering moon’s orbit to tackle climate crisis

And other stories from the stranger side of life

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Super Moon by Giorgia Hofer
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A Republican member of Congress has asked a chief from the US Forest Service if it would be possible to alter the orbit of the moon or the Earth to combat climate change. Louie Gohmert, the representative from Texas’s 1st congressional district, asked Jennifer Eberlien: “Is there anything that the National Forest Service can do to change the course of the moon’s orbit or the Earth’s orbit around the sun? Obviously they would have profound effects on our climate.”

An alligator walked into post office...

A large alligator has been found in a post office in Florida. Eye-witnesses said the animal had casually walked in through the building’s automatic double doors and wandered around the room. The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office said: “A trapper responded and safely removed the alligator from the lobby.” No injuries were reported during the incident.

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Ancient egg found in human poo

Archaeologists have found a 1,000-year-old chicken egg perfectly preserved in human excrement inside a cesspit in Israel. The Israel Antiquities Authority, which made the find during a dig in the town of Yavne, said the “perfectly preserved” egg is a rare find. They also found three bone dolls that date back an estimated 1,000 years.

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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.