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Woman with biggest mouth named

And other stories from the stranger side of life

Sam Ramsdell

Guinness World Records has named the woman with the biggest mouth in the world. Samantha Ramsdell, from Connecticut, has a mouth gape that measures 6.56 centimetres – around two and a half inches. When measured across, it reaches more than 10 centimetres, or four inches. “I never thought it would be possible to be this famous off my mouth,” said Ramsdell, who is a famous influencer on TikTok.

Delia Smith says aliens do not exist

Delia Smith has cast doubt on the existence of aliens, wading against a growing tide of global belief that extra-terrestrials exist. Writing in her new book, You Matter, the former TV chef says: “Human life. What is it? Why is it?” She then adds: “We've got this immense universe. It takes I don’t know how many billions of years for light to reach this tiny little planet, yet it has human life – the only life we know about in the universe.”

Fruit baskets from 4th century BC found

Baskets filled with fruit from the 4th century BC have been discovered in the submerged ruins of the near-legendary city of Thonis-Heracleion off the coast of Egypt. The doum fruit, which is probably on the turn by now, has lain untouched since the city disappeared beneath the waves in the second century BC, then sunk further in the eight century AD, following a series of natural disasters. A marine archaeologist said: “It was very striking to see baskets of fruits.”

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