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Scientist ‘predicted Elon Musk’s Mars mission in 1948’

And other stories from the stranger side of life

A scientist predicted in 1948 that an “Elon” would lead humans to Mars. In a book titled The Mars Project, the German scientist Wernher von Braun wrote that the red planet would go on to be governed by an “Elon”. After the page was recently shared online, people suggested a connection with this Elon and Elon Musk, who is researching how humans can travel to Mars.

‘Terrible’ vending machine offers pizzas

A pizza vending machine has sparked differing reactions in Rome. Hungry Italians can use the Mr Go Pizza to choose from four different kinds of pizzas. The machine kneads and tops the dough and customers can watch the pizza cook behind a small glass window. One punter said the result was “acceptable” but another said it was “terrible”.

Teenager moves into retirement village

A teenager accidentally moved into a retirement village after signing her tenancy agreement without viewing the property. Madison Kohout, 19, noticed something amiss when all of her neighbours at her flat in Arkansas appeared to be over the age of 65. It was only a week later that she noticed the area’s sign that read: ‘Senior Citizens Apartments’.

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