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How Michael Jackson faked sexual encounters

And other stories from the stranger side of life

Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson sprayed underwear with perfume to suggest he had sex with his wife, Lisa Marie, according to a former employee of the pop star. Lisa Marie and Jackson “didn’t seem to be in a natural relationship,” said Sandy Domz, who worked at Neverland Ranch. “Michael would get a hold of some underwear and throw them on the floor,” she said. “They were also sprayed with perfume and it was to make it look like Lisa Marie had been in the bedroom.”

Cyclist flees huge alien mantis

A cyclist says he fled from a seven-foot tall alien mantis in Warwick. Paul Froggatt, 26, told the Daily Star: “It sounds crazy but I felt I could sense its feelings towards me and it was just like pure alien hatred.” He said he was subsequently forced to quit his job after sceptical workmates nicknamed him the “Mantis man of Warwick”.

Collar detects dog’s mood

A company in South Korea has launched a smart collar for pets that it claims can detect a dog’s mood. Using AI-enabled voice recognition technology the device can detect five emotions: happy, relaxed, anxious, angry or sad. “This device gives a dog a voice to that humans can understand,” says a spokesman. However, as the website Mandatory asks: “What if your dog thinks you’re an asshole?”

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