Odd But True

Confused Crystal Palace fans accidentally vandalise own team bus


Crystal Palace supporters inadvertently vandalised their own team’s bus thinking it belonged to Middlesbrough prior to the Premier League clash between the relegation rivals on Saturday. The coach, which was parked at a hotel nearby Selhurst Park, was daubed with the club’s name ‘Crystal Palace FC’ in red, white and blue paint across the sides and rear of the vehicle, ...

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Spanish gov’t creates new sex position to stimulate low birth rate


The Spanish government has taken a radical step to arrest the country’s declining birth rate – by creating the position of a ‘Sex Tsar’. It’s part of a bid to encourage a baby boom and counteract the population slump. Galician senator and demographics expert, Edelmira Barreria Diz, has been appointed government commissioner with special responsibility for challenging the nation’s sliding ...

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Internet memes mock Donald Trump by making him look literally small


Opponents of US President Donald Trump know he has responded to comments about the size of his hands before. Now, some internet users have gone one step further and doctored images to make his whole body look minuscule. At 6ft 2in (187cm), Mr Trump is taller than many world leaders and edges ahead of his predecessor, Barack Obama (6ft 1in ...

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Mortuary men seize corpse at cemetery over GHc150 debt


There was drama at the Tema Community Nine Cemetery on Saturday, when two mortuary men from the Tema General Hospital aggressively removed a dead body from its coffin at the cemetery, over the refusal of the bereaved family to pay an amount of GHc 150 as undertaking charges. The incident, which was a surprise to many, happened in the full glare ...

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Brand new £9m Manchester school to close after all of its pupils fail GCSEs


A £9m state-of-the-art school is being forced to close just three years since opening, after none of its pupils passed their English GCSEs last summer. The Greater Manchester Sustainable Engineering University Technical College (UTC) opened as part of a wave of new schools offering specialist vocational qualifications and traditional GCSEs for school-age candidates and adults. The Government said the UTC ...

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Man buried with $55,000 to ‘bribe’ God


The 52-year-old Charles Obong until his death was a senior personnel officer at the Ministry of Public Service for a decade (2006 – 2016). His son-in-law confirmed that his will stated that his wife should deposit a huge amount of money in his coffin. The money was to be given to God on the Day of Judgement as an offertory ...

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Australian man trapped in dam with nose just above water


An Australian man has survived spending hours struggling to keep his nose above water after his excavator rolled into a waterhole. Daniel Miller, 45, had been riding the machine at his remote property 300km (180 miles) north of Sydney. When the edge of the dam gave way, the farmer was pinned down by a bar on the three-tonne excavator. Mr ...

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Nigeria university ‘bans tight-fitting clothes’


The management of the University of Lagos, UNILAG, has, in a new dress code it issued to the students of the institution, banned tight-fitting clothes such as tight pair of trousers, mini-skirts, blouses and other body revealing ones. In a circular to the undergraduates, the school said, “all clothes, which reveal sensitive parts of the body such as the bust, ...

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Couple calls it quits over Trump – Wounds still raw after bitter U.S. election

Gayle McCormick poses during interview in this still photo taken from video, inside her new apartment in Bellingham, Washington February 2, 2017. REUTERS/Tim Exton/ReutersTV

Burning passions over Donald Trump’s presidency are taking a personal toll on both sides of the political divide. For Gayle McCormick, it is particularly wrenching: she has separated from her husband of 22 years. The retired California prison guard, a self-described “Democrat leaning toward socialist,” was stunned when her husband casually mentioned during a lunch with friends last year that ...

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Kenyan couple hailed online for low-budget modest wedding

Wilson Mutura and his bride Ann opted to have a low-key wedding ceremony in Nairobi without cakes, flowers or decorations.

A Kenyan couple unable to afford the expense of a wedding have earned plaudits on social media for pursuing “a budget option $1 ceremony” which they attended wearing casual clothes. Wilson and Ann Mutura postponed their wedding twice in 2016 because they were unable to raise the $300 (£240) fee. They decided to get married this year with the minimum ...

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