‘Trauma’ as robot vacuum meets dog poo

And other stories from the stranger side of life


A man in Florida says he was left “traumatised” after his robot vacuum ran over some dog poo while he was out of the house. “My new Roomba ran over my dog’s s**t and proceeded to ‘clean’ the rest of my house,” he said. “I’m going to need therapy.” Ryan Landy said his house was covered in poo and so were the mechanisms of the robot.

Flying ants swarm visible from space

A cloud of flying ants that arrived in Britain was so dense it could be seen in satellite images from outer space. The huge swarm as captured on the Met Office’s radar as it hit the counties of Hampshire, West Sussex and Dorset. A spokesperson said the ants were initially identified on their image as a shower of rain.

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Airline deletes plane crash tweet

An airline has apologised after it published information on Twitter about where you are most likely to die on a plane if it crashes. Following a backlash, KLM India has removed the tweet. It explained: “We would like to sincerely apologise for a recent update. The post was based on a publically available aviation fact, and isn’t a @KLM opinion. It was never our intention to hurt anyone’s sentiments. The post has since been deleted.”

Photo ‘shows Tupac alive in 2019’

Tupac Shakur

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A photo claimed to be of Tupac in 2019 has reignited conspiracy theories that the rapper, who died in 1996, is actually still alive. The image, which has been posted online, shows a man resembling the rapper surrounded by three boys. “A lot of people think that that is Tupac right there in the flesh, visited by some of his kin,” said one commenter.

Hair holds up commuter train

A train to London was held up when one passenger got their hair caught in a door. The service between Tring in Hertfordshire and London Euston was delayed for several minutes at Harrow and Wealdstone station yesterday morning. A staff member announced over the tannoy that the train was not moving because a passenger’s hair was caught in a door.

‘World record’ calzone made in Canada

Pizza makers in Ontario broke the record for the world's longest calzone. The squad assembled at Vaughan Pizza Fest and created the colossal calzone which measured more than 59ft. Organisers said it broke previous records.

‘Drugs bigwig’ arrested after he hid cocaine under his toupee

Restaurant mistakenly included bag of cocaine in woman’s takeaway food

A man stopped at Barcelona Airport was arrested after it was revealed that he had 0.5kg of cocaine hidden under his toupee. Media reports have described him as a “drugs bigwig”.

Postcard delivered 26 years late

An Illinois woman said a postcard has showed up at her house 26 years after it was posted. Kim Draper said the note, addressed to a previous resident of the house, was postmarked July 8, 1993. She is appealing for help to track down the intended recipient. “I'd really like to meet them,” she said. “I don't want to just throw it in the mail.”

Man calls 911 to ask for cop car air con

An Ohio man detained in the back of a police cruiser called 911 to complain he was hot and wanted the air conditioning turned up. According to reports, Keith Oshoski, 54, told the operator: “He has me in the back of the patrol car and he has no air on. It’s shut off and the windows are up and I cannot breathe. It’s very, very hot in here. I’m sorry to call you.”

Boy slips through Heathrow security and boards jet

A 12-year-old boy with no ticket and no boarding pass managed to board a British Airways plane to Los Angeles at Heathrow Airport. The Dutch boy was discovered shortly before the plane took off, when a stewardess asked to see his ticket so she could show him to his seat. All other passengers had to leave the jet and had to go through security again as a precaution.

Wales claims world’s steepest street

Wales has claimed the world’s steepest street title from New Zealand. The seaside town of Harlech’s street, Ffordd Pen Llech, has been recorded as having a gradient of 37%. It edged out Baldwin Street in New Zealand which previously held the title with its gradient of 35%.

Pained patient had butterfly in ear

A doctor in Vietnam has removed a butterfly from a patient’s ear canal. Dr Tuan, from a clinic in Ha Nam province, said the patient complained of ear pain. Using camera to look into the patient's ear he discovered a small butterfly deep in his ear canal. It was removed with a pair of tweezers.

Online porn ‘as bad for climate as Belgium’

Trans teenager laptop computer

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Porn websites are as bad for the climate as Belgium, according to scientists. A report from the French non-profit foundation The Shift Project claims that streaming online pornography produces as much carbon dioxide as a small country. “The challenge is to avoid a use deemed precious from being impaired by the excessive consumption of another use deemed less essential,” says the report.

Woman finds door knob in her takeaway

A woman in New York was shocked when she discovered a door knob in her takeaway nachos. Writing on Facebook, she said: “Taco Bell, I’m coming to f*** someone up. Real funny putting a f***ing door-known in my nachos, b****!” Taco Bell says it is investigating the incident.

Mutant ‘testicle-eating’ fish discovered in Peru

A mutant fish with human-like teeth has been found by fisherman in Peru. Jorge Chaves was fishing with a net in a canal when he spotted the 5kg creature in his catch. When he posted footage of the fish online, one commenter remarked: “Be careful as these kinds of fish are known as testicle eaters.”

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