Why newlyweds are posing with onions in the Philippines

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Newlywed couples in the Philippines are posing with bouquets of onions as a severe shortage of the vegetable transforms them into a glamorous status symbol. Cartels tampering with supply chains are “turning the kitchen staple into a scarce commodity”, said The Telegraph, with prices more than doubling in a matter of months. At one wedding, the bride walked down the aisle with a bouquet that weighed about 11 pounds, while her bridesmaids walked down the aisle holding onion wreaths.

Turkey terrifies Minnesota neighbourhood

Locals in a Minnesota neighbourhood said they are terrified by an increasingly aggressive turkey. “This turkey attacks me every single day,” one resident told CBS News. “Follows me, goes up my stairs, tries to get into my house. When I leave in my car, it follows my car.” Although the turkey has attacked people and chased cars, wildlife teams are generally loathed to relocate antisocial turkeys, as they often go on to simply cause further problems elsewhere.

‘Bear’s face’ found on Mars

Astronomers have discovered a structure on Mars resembling a bear’s face. The formation consists of two craters that appear to make up the eyes of the ”bear,” and a V-shaped collapsed hill for its snout, according to the University of Arizona. The discovery marks “yet another instance in which rock formations on the Red Planet have triggered the human tendency to see familiar features in random objects”, said The Independent. Last year, Nasa’s Curiosity Mars rover spotted a rock formation that looked like an “alien doorway”.

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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.