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Gamer finds snake hiding in his PS4

Reptile scorched by hot components inside the console – and other tall tales

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Our pick of the strange but true stories from around the world.

Dead snake found in PlayStation

An electrician in Brazil opened up a malfunctioning PlayStation 4, only to find that the breakdown had been caused by a snake. The customer reported that the console turned on, back off and then released a strong odour – the result, says the engineer, of the snake having been scorched by hot components inside the console. The reptile didn't survive the power-up.

Heimlich manoeuvre inventor saves choking woman

Doctor Henry Heimlich has saved the life of a woman by using the anti-choking manoeuvre to which he gave his name. Heimlich, 96, used the technique to assist a fellow resident at a care home in Cincinnati, Ohio. The woman "had her lips puffed out and was unable to breathe" after choking on a piece of hamburger, he said. It's the second time Heimlich has used the manoeuvre he developed in the 1970s: in 2003, he intervened when a man started choking in a restaurant.

Vegans attacked by sausage-wielding group

Patrons of the vegan Kiwi Cafe in the Georgian capital of Tblisi have been attacked by at least 15 members of a far-right group, who burst in wielding sausages. The offenders then threw meat and fish at the customers and started smoking, at which point a fight broke out. Officials say they are unsure whether the attack was a prank that ended badly or a pre-meditated assault.

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