Tall Tales

Man turns uncle’s body into a guitar

And other stories from the stranger side of life

Guitar

A man has made a guitar using his late uncle’s bones, which he dug up from a cemetery. Yaago Anax, also known as Prince Midnight, credits his uncle with starting his passion for heavy metal music. He repatriated the remains of his uncle from Greece to Florida before embarking on his curious project. "I did a lot of research and no one has ever made a guitar out of a skeleton,” he said. “So, I did it.”

Funeral dolls expose fake pregnancy

A Russian woman who told her husband she was pregnant with twins that died has been exposed as a liar. Laura Daudov pretended to be pregnant, shopping for babies’ cots and the renting a flat near a maternity hospital. She told her husband she had given birth but that the twins died of a cerebral haemorrhage aneurysm. For the subsequent funeral she produced two dolls, wrapped in shrouds. During the ceremony, her husband unwrapped one of the shrouds and her story unravelled from here.

Everest photos lead to climber ban

Two climbers have been banned from Mount Everest after they falsely claimed to have climbed to the summit of the world’s tallest mountain. Sceptics pointed out that photos shared by Narender Singh Yadav and Seema Rani Goswami lacked mountains in the reflection of their sunglasses and featured drooping flags in places that are known for their strong winds. Yadav denies any wrongdoing, writing on Twitter: “There is no competition between donkeys and horses and the world will keep barking like this.”

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