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10,000 steps a day ‘not necessary’, study finds

And other stories from the stranger side of life

A study by academics in the US has contradicted the popular wisdom that we should take 10,000 steps per day. The researchers found that walking 6,000 steps each day could reduce the risk of early death for over-60s and that taking more than 8,000 has no added benefits, reported The Times. Dr Amanda Pauluch, the study’s co-author, said the push for people to achieve 10,000 steps a day originated from a 1964 Japanese marketing campaign to sell pedometers.

Longest car breaks own record

The world’s longest car broke its own world record when it was found to be 100 feet and 1.5 inches long following a restoration. According to Guinness World Records, the super limousine, known as the American Dream, was originally built in 1986 by car modifier Jay Ohrberg and measured 60 feet long. Ohrberg later extended the vehicle to 100 feet, achieving the Guinness World Record for the longest car.

Rod Stewart fixes potholes

Rod Stewart has posted footage of himself fixing potholes on a road near his home, reported the BBC. Videos on the 77-year-old rock legend’s Instagram account show him shovelling gravel in Harlow, Essex, claiming that “no-one can be bothered to do it” and that his Ferrari “can't go through here at all”. In the comments, one fan urged Stewart to be careful in his latest venture, as he has tickets for his concert in June.

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