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Ikea offers meatball-scented candles

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Ikea shopping trollies

Ikea branches in the US are offering candles scented with its Swedish meatballs as a prize in a sweepstakes event for “Ikea Family” loyalty club members. Ikea started selling meatballs in 1985, when the company’s founder said “it’s difficult to do business with someone on an empty stomach”. The retailer sells more than a billion of them every year.

Wife-carrying contest held in Hungary

Dozens of Hungarian husbands clambered over rough terrain with their wives on their backs at the nation’s second wife-carrying contest. “We have just emerged from a difficult period due to the coronavirus and we need to go and have fun in the open air,” said an organiser. The tradition, which dates back to the Viking age, is also popular in Finland, where it has taken place since the 1990s.

World’s ‘smallest baby’ goes home

A baby that was believed to be the world’s smallest at birth has been discharged from a Singapore hospital after 13 months. Kwek Yu Xuan was just 212g (7.47oz) when she was born and measured 24cm long when she was delivered at just under 25 weeks. In a statement, Singapore’s National University Hospital said: “Against the odds, with health complications present at birth, she has inspired people around her with her perseverance and growth.”

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