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Sunday Round-up

Discworld: The first annual Flat Earth Conference was held in Raleigh, North Carolina, and was attended by hundreds of people who are convinced that our world is a flat disc with the Arctic in the middle and the Antartic a wall of ice hundreds of feet high on the outside that stops us falling off.

Punching above its weight: Tuesday marked the 131st anniversary of the Papierlocher für Sammelmappen which to you and me would be the office hole puncher. Read more ›››

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Life imitating art: A real-life Iron Man broke the world record for the fastest flight in a body controlled jet suit. Inventor and entrepreneur Richard Browning, founder of Gravity Industries, reaching speeds of over 50 kph.

Grin and bear it: M&S unveiled their Christmas tv ad featuring Paddington Bear showing a burglar the true meaning of Yuletide but is the burglar grateful? Not at all if you listen closely. Read more ›››

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Howling at the moon: An American anthropologist believes he has found evidence that shows that Donald Trump is descended from the infamous 16th-century serial killer Peter Stumpf, also known as the Werewolf of Bedburg.

Loop to send you loopy: I man in Hull has a rare medical condition which means he ‘hears’ God Save the Queen being sung in his head for around 1,700 times a week. Read more ›››

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That’s shoe business: British designer Debbie Wingham has produced a pair of diamond and gold-encrusted shoes which at £11 million are the most expensive pair in the world.

Up and away: Tom Morgan from the Bristol-based Institute of Adventure Reseach took to the skies up to a height of 8,000 feet sitting in a camping chair lifted by 100 helium balloons. Read more ›››

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Bah humbug: One for the Scrooges amongst you – an Anti-Advent Calendar filled with misfortune cookies guaranteed to spread festive gloom. And the black wheat pastry cookies are vegan to boot.

Tasteless: But let’s not get ahead of ourselves – we haven’t reached Halloween yet and the first prize for most tasteless costume comes from the online store forced to remove the Anne Frank costume from its online store. Read more ›››

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Spider-sense: Lifeboat men from Sunderland and Seaham Coastguard and a rescue helicopter were sent to rescue a parachutist who had landed in the sea only to find that it was actually a Spider-Man balloon.

Who’s been sleeping in my bed? Three bears broke into a pizza restaurant in Colorado but failed to find either porridge or Goldilocks. Read more ›››

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May be a sleeper? Amid all the media frenzy about Theresa May’s coughing fit, P45 prankster and malfunctioning set, the key issue was that she was wearing a bracelet of portraits by communist artist Frida Kahlo, one-time lover of Trotsky.

An easy mistake to make: The neighbours of a man in Zurich mistook the Jack Daniels whiskey flag flying outside his house for the ISIS black flag of death. Read more ›››

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One for YP: Following last week’s feature on the Great Northern Sandwich comes news that The Yorkshire Roast Co has produced a full Sunday roast wrapped in a Yorkshire pudding.

Red faces in Red Square: The statue of Mikhail Kalashnikov that I also reported last week had to be altered within days of being unveiled because the sculptor had included the wrong gun. (Hat tip to Yorkshire Pudding) Read more ›››

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