‘Space race dildos’ launched after Bezos flight

And other stories from the stranger side of life

Jeff Bezos

After Jeff Bezos successfully launched into space in a rocket described as “phallic” by some observers, an adult entertainment company has introduced a range of dildos inspired by the “Billionaire Space Race” between the Amazon founder, Richard Branson and Elon Musk. The range includes the Blue Orgasm, Space Sex and Galadick. “Go boldly into where no one’s gone before,” said CamSoda Vice President Daryn Parker. “Explore Uranus and maybe even have a close encounter of the pantless kind.”

Bezos ‘replaced by aliens during flight’

If that wasn’t strange enough, a conspiracy theory claims Jeff Bezos was replaced by aliens during the launch. The Amazon boss took off from a desert site in West Texas on board the New Shepard and later landed in the desert. However, one Twitter user wasn’t having any of it. “I’ll probably disappear after tweeting this but Bezos’ rocket trip was designed to replace him while in orbit with the lizard-alien doppelganger,” they wrote.

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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.