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Company manufactures thousands of ‘Platinum Jubbly’ items

And other stories from the stranger side of life

One of the 'jubbly' plates

A company in China manufactured 10,800 teacups, mugs and plates to mark the Queen’s seven decades as monarch before discovering it had made a fundamental error. Below a picture of the Queen reads the words: “To commemorate the Platinum Jubbly of Queen Elizabeth II.” Wholesale Clearance UK bought the items from Changzhouint Merchandise and is selling the erroneous stock as a £32,400 job lot.

Rotterdam to dismantle bridge for Bezos

The city of Rotterdam will partially dismantle its famous Koningshaven Bridge so that a new pleasure yacht for Jeff Bezos can pass through it, according to local reports. There have been protests over the plan, with the Rotterdam Historical Society reminding local authorities that they vowed never to dismantle the bridge again after its restoration in 2017. Bezos’ huge, three-masted pleasure yacht is so large that it cannot pass under De Heff, despite the bridge’s 40-metre clearance.

London Eye-sized asteroid nearing planet 

An asteroid believed to be bigger than the London Eye will come close to Earth’s orbit next week. Known as 2007 UY1, the rock was first sighted on 18 October 2007 and has an estimated diameter of 67-150km. An asteroid larger than the Empire State Building is also set to pass by the planet next month. The US Congress has asked Nasa to identify 90% of asteroids bigger than 140 metres that could destroy a large city if they struck.

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