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Trout becoming addicted to amphetamine

And other stories from the stranger side of life

A fish with googley eyes

Brown trout are becoming addicted to the drug methamphetamine when it accumulates in their waterways, according to a behavioural ecologist. His research team put 40 of the fish in a tank of water containing levels of the illegal drug that have been found in freshwater rivers, and left them there for a period of eight weeks. When transferred to a clean tank, the trout suffered withdrawal symptoms.

Boy becomes youngest grandmaster

A 12-year-old boy from New Jersey has become the youngest grandmaster in chess history. Abhimanyu Mishra broke Sergey Karjakin’s record at the age of 12 years, four months and 25 days. To become a grandmaster, a player must achieve three grandmaster norms - an award given for a high level of performance - as well as achieving an 2500 Elo rating from the governing body.

Angry note chides mum for showing ‘ass’

A mother says she has been left confused by a handwritten note tucked under her car windscreen wiper telling her to “shut your blinds when walking naked!” Alex Taylor, from Essex, insists that she never walked around naked visible from the windows, says the note told her: “My kids do not and would not want to see your ass out on the show.” She added: “It’s the most bizarre thing that’s ever happened to me, I can’t get my head round it.”

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