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Flat Earth argument ends in fire

Fight about the shape of the Earth ends in police hunt – and other tall tales

Fire

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

Police called after family quarrel becomes heated

An argument between a man and his son's girlfriend over the shape of the Earth took a dangerous turn when the man started throwing camping equipment into a campfire. Fire fighters were called to the campground in Canada after the man became enraged at the young woman's insistence that the Earth is flat and threw a propane cylinder into the fire before fleeing the scene. Police are still hunting for the man and expect to charge him with mischief once he has been found.

Naked man arrested at Waffle House for 'public indecency'

Diners at the Sandy Springs Waffle House in Georgia in the US called police when a naked man attempted to force his way into the restaurant. Derwin Rodgers, who witnessed the incident and recorded it on his mobile phone, told reporters that he was unsure why Bashir Rasheed decided to strip off. "That was totally inappropriate," Rodgers said. "I wouldn't know how to tell my kid what was going on at that time, to see a grown man. He was built like a potato." 

Daughter impersonates elderly mother for driving test

A 39-year-old Canadian woman has been arrested and charged with impersonating an adult, after she was caught trying to take a driving test on behalf of her elderly mother. The driving instructor reportedly became suspicious when the 73-year-old who was supposed to be taking the test "appeared to be a much younger woman wearing a wig, glasses and clothes more suited to an older person."

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