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Gust of wind makes woman pregnant

And other stories from the stranger side of life

A baby's feet

A woman in Indonesia says she fell pregnant after an encounter with an intrusive gust of wind. Siti Zainah said: “After afternoon prayer, I was lying face down, and then suddenly I felt a gust of wind enter my vagina.” Just 15 minutes later, she said she felt pain in her stomach, which started to expand. She claims she was rushed to a clinic, where she immediately gave birth to a child. Local police said: “We don't want this matter to foster wild rumours among the public.”

Man with Harry Potter name curses his luck

A man whose name sounds like it is based on the Harry Potter saga says he is regularly accused of lying when he introduces himself to people. Griffin Dohr’s name is pronounced like the Hogwarts House, Gryffindor. When he shared his story on TikTok other people with memorable monikers replied. One said: “My sister Mary is married to a man named Brian Christmas. Her name is Mary Christmas.”

Mafioso wins right to listen to music

A mafia boss in solitary confinement has won a legal fight to be allowed to listen to music in his cell. Domenico Strisciuglio, who is serving more than 20 years, fell foul of rules which allow the authorities to suspend certain prison regulations, with the aim of cutting inmates off completely from their criminal associates. However, after his lawyer made a legal challenge, judges have agreed that listening to music was part of his constitutionally guaranteed rights.

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