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Health chiefs warn cattle dewormer can’t stop Covid

And other stories from the stranger side of life

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The US Food and Drug Agency has warned people not to take an anti-parasitic drug designed for livestock to treat or prevent Covid. Following a surge in reports to the Mississippi Start Department of Health of cases in which people had been poisoned by ingesting the drug Ivermectin, commonly used to de-worm cattle, the FDA tweeted: “You are not a horse. You are not a cow. Seriously, y’all. Stop it.”

Teen injects himself with mercury to emulate X-Men

A teenage boy has injected himself with lethal mercury in a bid to be like his favourite X-Men superhero. The 15-year-old, who wanted to emulate Mercury from the Marvel world, ended up with painful ulcers that refused to heal. Earlier, he had allowed spiders to bite him in a bid to become like Spider-Man. “Surprisingly, he had no other psychiatric problems and had a normal IQ”, said the National Centre for Biotechnology Information.

Most popular TV theme tune announced

The Inspector Morse theme has been voted the most popular in a new study. In a poll of more than 20,000 Classic FM listeners and Radio Times readers, the theme tune of the detective show from two decades ago emerged as the most popular television theme tune. It beat theme tunes from likes of Game of Thrones, Doctor Who, Poldark, Peaky Blinders, Thunderbirds and The Vicar of Dibley to the top slot

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