Friday 24 November 2017

Taster sniffs out nose insurance

Celebrities have insured everything from their legs to their smile but a new €2.3m policy for one coffee taster is not to be sniffed at.

Dave Roberts has had his nose insured by Nescafe to protect his sense of smell, which has been sniffing out coffees for 25 years.

Japan hits record for centenarians

Japan says it has a record 47,756 people aged 100 or older -- 87pc of them women.

The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare said the oldest was 114-year-old Chiyono Hasegawa.

Anger at general's son's behaviour

A general and his fast-driving son have become the target of Chinese public ire after the son hit and beat up a couple.

Li Tianyi, son of People's Liberation Army general Li Shuangjiang, smashed a souped-up BMW into another car in Beijing last week, causing outrage.

Marijuana users less likely to be fat

Marijuana is known for causing "the munchies" -- a desire to overeat. But a study has found pot smokers are actually less likely than non-smokers to pack on weight.

French researchers headed by psychiatrist Yann Le Strat found just 14pc to 17pc of those who smoked pot at least three days a week were obese.

Woman charged in vampire attack

A Florida woman who allegedly claimed to be a vampire has been charged with battery after violently biting a man in a wheelchair, police said.

Milton Ellis (69) told police in St Petersburg, Florida, he and Josephine Smith (22) met while sheltering from the rain under a restaurant porch. He said he fell asleep in his wheelchair and woke up to find the woman on top of him.

Baby 'fine' after suckling from cow

An 18-month-old Cambodian boy who suckled milk from a cow daily for more than a month is in fine health, his grandfather said.

The boy, Tha Sophat, made international headlines after his grandfather revealed he had been feeding himself directly from a cow since July when a storm destroyed his home and his parents left for Thailand to find work.

Irish Independent

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