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One in five Americans believe vaccines have microchips

And other stories from the stranger side of life

A new study has found that 20% of Americans believe that it is “definitely true” or “probably true” that there is a microchip in the Covid vaccines. The study by YouGov found that 30-to-44-year-olds are most likely to believe that vaccines are a tool to implant microchips into people. The World Health Organization says it is battling an “infodemic” - a surge of misinformation plaguing the world and its fight against the virus.

Beatles violinist completes 10k

A musician who played with The Beatles and Michael Jackson has completed a 10k charity walk on his 101st birthday. Ken Essex, who is the only surviving member of the string quartet which played on Yesterday, undertook the walk to raise funds for a local hospice. “I would like to give something back, and to help other people,” he said.

Historic earthquake just years away

The world’s biggest earthquake and the discovery of the largest creature on the planet will both occur in the next few years, according to a TikTok time traveller. The influencer said: “This is not a joke. I am a time traveller. This is a brief summary of what's to come in the near future.” He said 2024 will bring the “world’s biggest earthquake” in San Ysidro, California.

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