UK’s ‘wonkiest pub’ shut after 192 years

And other stories from the stranger side of life

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The UK’s “wonkiest pub” has closed after 192 years, said Metro. Originally built as a farmhouse in 1765, The Crooked House became a pub in the 1830s. The building started to sink in the 1800s due to subsidence caused by mining. It has attracted visitors from across the world due to its unique, wonky design, with one side of the building 1.2m lower than the other. Coins and marbles could be rolled uphill along the bar, noted the paper.

Hotel manager sounds shampoo warning

A hotel manager has urged people not to use shampoo bottles in hotels for an “alarming reason”, said The Mirror. “When you check into your room and you go into your shower and you see (shampoo bottles), they are usually full size,” said the influencer on her TikTok channel. “Don't ever use these. Why? Because they are not secure. These can come off and the previous guest can put anything they want in there. They can put hair colour, bleach, anything in these.”

Oldest jellyfish discovered

Scientists said they have discovered the oldest species of swimming jellyfish in 505m-year-old fossils. The new species, memorably named Burgessomedusa phasmiformis, was found in Canada and is “exceptionally well preserved”, said The Guardian. It resembles a “large, swimming jellyfish with a saucer or bell-shaped body” up to 20cm high, said the paper, and “its roughly 90 short tentacles would have allowed it to capture sizeable prey”.

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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.