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Humans ‘to live past 130 by end of century’

And other stories from the stranger side of life

An elderly person’s hand

Humans will regularly live past 130-years-old by end of the century, new research has claimed. Improved nutrition, cleaner water, better sanitation and advances in medicine will be the driving forces behind the trend, said the study published in Demographic Research. The world record for the oldest person is currently held by Jeanne Calment of France who reportedly lived to be 122 years and 164 days old when she died in 1997.

Man bitten by snake as he sat on loo

A 65-year-old man was left with minor injuries after a python bit him while he was sitting on the toilet. The victim felt a “pinch in the area of his genitals” before noticing a five-foot snake beneath him in the toilet bowl at his home in the Austrian city of Graz. A 24-year-old neighbour, who owns 11 snakes, has been reported to the prosecutors’ office on suspicion of negligently causing bodily harm.

Bank accidentally deposits $50bn into couple’s account

A couple in Louisiana had a pleasant surprise after they discovered $50bn (£36bn) had been accidentally deposited into a family account. Darren James, 47, told Fox TV that his wife showed him what appeared to be a deposit for the huge sum of money on her smartphone. “I’m like, ‘Where did that come from?’” he said. The couple reported the incident to their bank and the error has now been corrected. “It was a great feeling while it was there to see that many zeroes in your account,” James added.

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