Top chef tells vegans to ‘f*** off’

And other stories from the stranger side of life

A vegan activist
One study found that vegans and vegetarians have a 9% lower risk of death
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A chef has come up with a novel response for vegan diners hoping to eat in his restaurant. John Mountain, 55, a chef originally from Preston, who now runs Fyre restaurant in Perth, western Australia, has a “simple message” for anyone seeking a vegan meal, said The Times. “F*** off,” he told them via a post on his restaurant’s Facebook page. “Sadly all vegans are now banned from Fyre (for mental health reasons). We thank you for your understanding xx.”

Video game blamed for inflation shock

The release of a “Zelda” video game has been blamed for an unexpected rise in underlying UK inflation last month, The Telegraph reported. HSBC economist Chris Hare said the highest rise in core inflation for 31 years was fuelled by a spike in demand for live music events, package holidays and computer games – including the release of popular game “Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom”. Given the effect the game’s release may have had on inflation, the game is “rather aptly titled”, he added.

Bear breaks into house and steals pork chops

A bear made quite a day of it when it broke into a US home and feasted on pork chops before dangling from a second-floor window, said ABC7. Footage captured by a neighbour showed the bear hanging out of Ryan MacFarlane’s house in Colorado while he and his family were away. The beast eventually found its way back out through the window it had originally used as an entrance.

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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.