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NY restaurant unveils $200 french fries

And other stories from the stranger side of life

A restaurant in Manhattan is selling a plate of french fries for $200. Serendipity 3 uses Chipperbec potatoes, which are scalded in vinegar and champagne, before being fried twice in pure goose fat. They are sprinkled with edible gold and seasoned with truffle salt and truffle oil, and served on a crystal plate with an orchid, thin-sliced truffles, and a Mornay cheese dip.

Aliens will crack Earth open ‘like a nut’

Aliens will destroy humanity and then “crack this planet open like a nut”, according to a UFO expert. Delivering the less than ideal news, Nick Pope, who investigated UFOs for the Ministry of Defence, says aliens’ weapons will probably be billions of years ahead of ours. “Just to put this in context, the universe is nearly 14 billion years old, and there might be civilisations out there with a billion or two-year head start on us,” he said.

Mother of nine babies is keeping busy

A woman in Morocco who gave birth to a world record nine babies says her family is powering through 100 nappies per day and six litres of milk. Halima Cisse, 26, said of her busy birth: “It was a total shock when I found out that I was having nine babies because I thought it was going to be seven.” She added: “giving birth to one child is hard enough but having nine is unimaginable”.

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