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Friday 15 December 2017

In brief: Delaying proposal could cost men

Women believe two years and five months into a relationship is the ideal time for their partner to pop the question, a poll has revealed.

One in 10 British women has dumped a partner for taking too long to propose.

Smelly flower draws in visitors

Hundreds of people have visited a Hawaii zoo to get a whiff of a flower that smells like rotting flesh.

The "corpse flower" smells like rotten meat and is on loan to the zoo. In its Indonesian homeland, the flower gives off its smell to attract carrion beetles to what they believe is rotting flesh.

Patient isolated for toxic breath

A hospital patient in the US had to be put in isolation after swallowing rat poison, because his breath was dangerously toxic.

St Joseph Mercy Hospital in Michigan said the chemical made his breath potentially lethal, and warned that it could even catch fire.

Pub bans all talk of royal wedding

Billions of people will watch as Prince William and Kate Middleton tie the knot, but in one UK pub bosses have vetoed anything royal wedding-related.

At the Alexandra Hotel in Derby, the words "royal" and "wedding" are banned, with offending customers ordered to donate to a "swear box".

10 drug couriers pose as tour group

Ten Malaysians posing as an organised tour group were caught entering New Zealand with 2lbs (nearly 1kg) of the drug crystal meth in each of their shoes.

Customs said it was the largest number of drug couriers caught in a single incident.

'Kill Bill' star is top wedding belle

Uma Thurman's samurai sword-wielding character in 'Kill Bill' has been named the top screen bride.

The blood-spattered assassin topped a poll ahead of figures from hit films such as 'Muriel's Wedding' and 'Sex And The City'.

Picasso painting to fund research

An anonymous American donor has given a Pablo Picasso painting worth millions to the University of Sydney on the condition the school use proceeds from the painting's sale to fund scientific research.

The 1935 painting, 'Jeune fille endormie', depicts Picasso's lover, Marie-Therese Walter.

Irish Independent

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