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Mafia fugitive arrested after being spotted on Google Street View

And other stories from the stranger side of life

A mafia fugitive who successfully avoided the law for nearly two decades has been caught after being spotted on Google Street View. Gioacchino Gammino, 61, was tracked down to Galapagar in Spain after a picture showed a man resembling him chatting outside a fruit shop. The Sicilian was the boss of the Stidda mafia group, according to La Repubblica.

Time traveller predicts date of next Covid variant

A self-declared time traveller has claimed knowledge of three major incidents that will occur this year. On 11 March a human will have a child with a chimpanzee, claimed the TikToker @aesthetictimewarper. They also claimed that on 19 April a new Covid strain will emerge that is five times worse than previous variants. And on 17 September a creature over four times the size of the blue whale will be discovered.

Goldfish taught to drive a car

Scientists have found that goldfish can steer a small tank on wheels. Biomedical engineers and neuroscientists taught the fish to accelerate, turn and stop in the vehicle to reach a pink target. The “car” was controlled by the fish’s movements, which were tracked by a camera, a computer and light detection technology. The fish were awarded pellets for not making too many errors.

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