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Six-hour jog needed to burn off Christmas dinner

And other stories from the stranger side of life

A cartoon representation of Xmas dinner

The average person would need to walk 50 miles or embark on a six-hour Boxing Day jog to burn off their Christmas dinner, it has been revealed. Amanda Daley, professor of behavioural medicine at Loughborough University, said the 3,475 calories gained from the traditional meal require lengthy exercise to be burned off. Meanwhile, the British Dietetic Association warned that adults often consume 6,000 calories on Christmas Day, three times the recommended daily total for women and more than double that for men.

Priest helps Nasa understand alien impact

Nasa has appointed a British priest to help it understand how the discovery of extraterrestrials would change the way we see the universe. Reverend Dr Andrew Davison, a priest and theologian at the University of Cambridge, is among 24 theologians to have taken part in a Nasa-sponsored programme at Princeton University in the US. He has written that “creation” is seen as a “generous gift” from God, adding: “That would apply equally to... whatever other life there might be in the universe.”

Cat steals bong, white powder and knickers

A cat in New Zealand with a reputation as a thief has stolen drugs, a bong and a pair of lacy black knickers. Keith’s thieving tendency began when he stole bras from nearby clotheslines and brought home live eels from the local river in Christchurch. According to his owners, Ginny and David Rumbold, the five-year-old black cat has upped the stakes recently, bringing home a bong and a ziploc bag containing unidentified white powder. He also left a pair of knickers on the couple’s back fence.

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