Odd But True

South Africa shocked as 29-year-old woman ‘marries wealthy 92-year-old man’

An African bride has come under fire after a picture emerged of her marrying a ‘wealthy’ businessman more than 60 years her senior. Charity Mumba, 29, originally from Zambia, tied the knot with 92-year-old South African Peter Grooves. Mr Grooves, has been described as a ‘very rich man’ after making his fortune in stocks and shares but his total wealth ...

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Moth with ‘golden flake hairstyle’ named after Donald Trump

A tiny moth with a very recognisable “hairstyle” has become the first creature named after the soon-to-be 45th president of the United States. The Neopalpa donaldtrumpi was discovered in California by researcher Vazrick Nazari, of Ottawa, Canada. The name was inspired by the striking golden flakes covering its head, which he likened to Donald Trump’s famous mop. Nine species were ...

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Ghanaian to lose fingers after 7-hour trek to cross US border

Two men from Ghana are recovering in the burn ward of a Winnipeg hospital after getting lost near the Emerson border on Christmas Eve while fleeing the United States. The men, aged 24 and 35, were found on Highway 75 just north of Letellier, Man., on the morning of Christmas Eve after walking in the cold for several hours. A truck ...

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Bangladesh’s ‘Tree man’ has his hands back

The “Tree man” is no longer. Thanks to some groundbreaking surgeries, he can go back to being Abul Bajandar, a 27-year-old father and husband from a small town in Bangladesh. Bajandar suffered from a rare condition that caused his hands to sprout tree-like warts. He lived with it for years before beginning surgery to remove the growths last February. Since ...

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Stolen US baby found alive 18 years on

A girl stolen as a newborn from a hospital in Jacksonville, Florida, has been found alive in South Carolina after more than 18 years, police say. Kamiyah Mobley, who was abducted in July 1998, was found after a tip. Authorities in Walterboro, South Carolina, have charged Gloria Williams, 51, with kidnapping. Ms Mobley was living under another name and believed ...

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New York boy, 12, ‘demands chicken nugget at gunpoint’

A 12-year-old boy has been accused of pulling a gun on a girl and demanding one of her chicken nuggets, New York police say. They say he asked for a nugget in a McDonald’s fast food outlet in Harlem on Tuesday. When she refused, he is then alleged to have followed her to a nearby subway station and held the ...

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Obama served as groomsman at staffer’s wedding hours after farewell bash

Barack Obama made time during his final days as president to attend his longtime staffer’s wedding and serve as a groomsman. Marvin Nicholson, the White House trip director and the president’s personal aide, married the love of his life on Saturday, hours after the star-studded farewell bash thrown for Mr Obama ended. Barack Obama arrived at Jacksonville airport in time ...

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105-year-old cyclist rides 14 miles in an hour to break world record

Nearly a century ago, Robert Marchand was told by a coach that he should give up cycling because he would never achieve anything on a bike. He proved that prediction wrong again Wednesday. In a skin-tight yellow and violet jersey, the 105-year-old Frenchman set a world record in the 105-plus age category — created especially for the tireless veteran — ...

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Mark Zuckerberg says he’s no longer an atheist, believes ‘religion is very important’

The founder of Facebook has found religion, it seems, according to a cheery holiday message he posted on the social network he created. On Christmas Day, Zuckerberg indicated in a Facebook status that he was “celebrating Christmas.” “Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah from Priscilla, Max, Beast and me,” he wrote, naming his wife, daughter and dog. Then a commenter asked ...

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Sri Lankan church service prints Tupac rap lyrics by accident

Christmas carols aren’t supposed to have lyrics like “revenge is like the sweetest joy…” but that’s exactly what churchgoers in Sri Lanka saw in booklets at a carol service on December 11. What they expected was the words to the Hail Mary, a common Christian prayer. What they got instead was the profanity-laced lyrics to rap legend Tupac Shakur’s Hail ...

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