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The weirdest things Brits do in the bathroom

And other stories from the stranger side of life

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A survey of the weirdest things British people do in the bathroom found that people eat breakfast in the shower, sip tea on the toilet and take video calls from the bath. The study of 2,000 adults found that people also phone friends on the toilet, drink beer in the bath and give themselves pep talks in the shower. A researcher said the bathroom “sees our greatest moments of vulnerability, both small and big”.

Man ‘arranged his own killing for insurance payout’

A South Carolina lawyer has been arrested in connection with an insurance fraud scheme that allegedly involved him arranging for his own killing so his surviving son could collect his life insurance payout. Alex Murdaugh faces charges of insurance fraud, conspiracy to commit insurance fraud and filing a false police report, according to a statement from the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division. His wife and son were killed in June but he has denied involvement.

Message in a bottle found 37 years on

A glass bottle that was released into the sea 37 years ago in Japan has been found on the island of Hawaii, about 6,000 km away. High school students released 750 bottles in 1984 as part of a project to investigate ocean currents. A nine-year-old girl found the bottle on a rocky beach in Hawaiian Paradise Park. She told the Hawaii Tribune-Herald: “I want to go look to find another one.”

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