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Florida driver blames Putin for speeding

And other stories from the stranger side of life

A man caught speeding in Florida told police that he was driving so fast because he was worried about Vladimir Putin’s nuclear threats, said The Times. After the unnamed driver was caught driving at 50mph in his Dodge Challenger in a 30mph zone, he told cops: “I just found out that Putin said he’s gonna launch nuclear thermal war against the world, and I was trying to get back to my house to find out what’s going on. I’m freaking out. It’s the truth.”

Ancient history GCSE is ‘posh’

Ancient history GCSE is unpopular because pupils think it is “elitist”, new research has found. The qualification, introduced in 2009, has been taken up by just 0.1% of students because learning about the ancient world is seen as “posh” and “elitist”, the Cambridge study concluded. Dr Frances Foster, from the faculty of education at the University of Cambridge, told The Daily Telegraph: “We should be worried that so many of the students who actually get to study [ancient history] feel so uncomfortable about the idea.”

‘Zombie shark’ captured in new video

Footage of a mummified shark that looks like a zombie features in a new video of an abandoned aquarium, reported Live Science. A pair of “urban explorers” broke into the unnamed aquarium in Spain and filmed a video depicting the rotting remains of a small reef shark inside a broken display case. The video of the “forsaken attraction” has been described as “unnerving” and “eerie”.

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