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Smart toilet recognises your ‘unique anal print’

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Scientists at the Stanford School of Medicine have invented a smart toilet that uses a camera to recognise the “unique anal print” of whoever is using it. The high-tech bowl can also calculate “the flow rate and volume of urine, using computer vision as a uroflowmeter”, reported Futurism.

Vicar defends beer festival

A vicar has defended the decision to hold a four-day beer festival in his church’s graveyard after drinkers were pictured leaning on headstones and using graves as tables. After photos of the event at St Mary the Virgin church in Stockton-on-Tees, Co Durham, caused an outcry among parishioners, the Rev Martin Anderson said the event had raised money for repair works on the church’s clock.

Dog wins long ear record

A black and tan coonhound in Oregon landed a Guinness World Record when each of her ears was measured at 12.38 inches long. The records organisation said Lou, a three-year-old canine belonging to Paige Olsen, officially has the longest ears on a dog (living). Olsen said she always knew Lou’s ears were “extravagantly long”.

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