Tall Tales

Humans ‘could live to 130 this century’

And other stories from the stranger side of life

Two pensioners at waterside

Scientists who studied almost 10,000 French men and women who lived past 105 have found that after the age of 108 our chances of dying no longer increase. Instead, we have about a 50-50 chance of making it through each of the following years. “The increasing number of supercentenarians makes it possible that the maximum reported age at death will rise to 130 years during the present century,” the scientists wrote in the Royal Society Open Science journal.

River otters on the attack 

River otters have attacked people and pets in an Alaskan city’s most popular outdoor areas. Earlier this month, a nine-year-old boy was taken to an emergency room for a rabies shot after being bitten several times near a duck pond, the Anchorage Daily News reported. More recently, a woman was bitten while rescuing her dog from a similar group of river otters at a lake. An expert said otters are “wary of strange individuals”.

Danish museum rejects art

A Danish artist who was given £62,000 by a museum to use in a work of art has delivered two blank canvases, entitled Take the Money and Run. The director of Kunsten Museum of Modern Art in Aalborg said when they spoke to the artist about making the piece earlier this year, he agreed to the contract and “he indicated a fairly easy job”. They are now asking him to return the money.

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