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Sunday Round-up

Bless you: The town that gave us Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformation is now home to the robot priest BlessU-2 that beams light from its hands and can give automated blessings as this video illustrates.

The big cheese: Chris Anderson won all three races at this year’s cheese-rolling contest in Gloucestershire to equal the all-time record – and he doesn’t actually like double Gloucester cheese. Read more ›››

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Luxury vending: A dealer in luxury supercars in Singapore has created a fifteen storey high vending machine where you can pick up a Lamborghini, Ferrari or Maserati at the touch of a button.

Wrong ‘un: Kim Jong-un’s bid for world domination has spread as far as Teeside after a North Korean flag mysteriously appeared outside a house in Ingleby Barwick. Read more ›››

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Shedding a light on eccentricity: The English are rather fond of their garden sheds but some things further than others as the Shed of the Year 2017 finalists demonstrate, like the 1950s police station shed on the left.

Sing a rainbow: Just how good is your colour vision? If you want to find out and have five minutes to spare try the Farnsworth-Munsell 100 hue test (Adobe Flash required). Read more ›››

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Coulrophilia: If you have an overwhelming obsession with clowns, here is the house for you on sale in Canada for just £135,000.

Sing-a-long: The powers that be in China are concerned that the national anthem is ‘casually used and sung in an unsolemn manner’ so they are to introduce new laws that set out when and how it should be sung. Read more ›››

Neither strong nor stable: If you would like to demonstrate your political allegiance ahead of the general election, why not stand a life-size cut-out of Theresa May or Jeremy Corbyn in your house window. Both are available from Amazon and are an obvious target for ironic customer reviews.

Speaking of cut-outs: Diane Abbott’s gaffe over the cost of Labour’s extra 10,000 police officers was proved do-able by the Tweet on the left. Read more ›››

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Will the flops succeed? An exhibition of product innovations that flopped is to open in Sweden in June at the Museum of Failure. They include coffee-flavoured Coca-Cola, eau de toilette that captures the smell of a Harley Davidson, Colgate branded lasagne and even the Segway.

Balls up: Friday was the sixth anniversary of Ed Balls Day commemorating the former MP’s epic Twitter fail. Read more ›››

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Bird brain: Lawrence Cobbald’s obsession with his collection bird ornaments has got out of hand. His 20,000 strong collection now takes up so much space that he has to visit his parents for meals and to do his washing because he’s run out of room in his own house.

Big bait: Although they’ve been known about for years, scientists have only now got their hands on the rare giant shipworm that can grow up to five feet long. Read more ›››

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Tap tips: If you’ve ever been tempted to practice your tap-dancing skills in a lift think again, as the message on the left spotted at a Premier Inn hotel explains.

Tanks a bunch: Tank enthusiast Nick Mead got much more than he bargained for when he bought a £30,000 Russian T54 on eBay – £2 million of gold bullion hidden in the fuel tank. Read more ›››

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