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Thousands flock to sniff corpse flower

And other stories from the stranger side of life

More than 1,000 people have journeyed to an abandoned fuel station in San Francisco Bay to sniff a “corpse flower”. The flower was given its name because the strong odour it emits when it blooms has been compared to rotting flesh. In 2016, visitors to a corpse flower in New York described its smell as “filthy”, “worse than a thousand pukes” and “exactly like the streets of Bushwick”.

Man uploads dick pic to car sales site

A man trying to sell his car online has made an unfortunate error while uploading images of his 2011 Nissan Navara 4x4 to carsales.com. He listed the vehicle at $21,999 (£15,587) with 96,300kms on the clock, the only problem being that among the 40 images on the listing were at least two photos of the man’s penis. When the error was pointed out on Twitter, one user joked: “I searched all of Carsales for this one with the customised gear stick.”

Painting bought for £4 valued at £1,200

A couple bought a painting for £4 from a charity shop without knowing it had a four-figure value. Taking the work to Antiques Roadshow, the guests said they had originally bought it because they wanted to use the frame for an AC/DC poster. They were stunned to discover it was by Henry Cliffe, a well-known painter, printmaker, and sculptor from Scarborough. Presenter Alexandra Gill told them it could sell for up to £1,200 at auction.

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