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Scientists reveal the world’s most popular smell

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Vanilla has been crowned the world’s favourite smell by a team of international experts. Scientists from the University of Oxford and the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm presented ten scents, including sweaty feet, decaying fish and rose, to 235 people from nine different cultures around the world, including hunter-gatherers in the south-east Asian rainforest. Joining vanilla in the top three most popular scents was the smell of peaches and lavender, said The Daily Telegraph.

John Travolta goes to Wetherspoons

John Travolta surprised locals in Norfolk by popping into a Wetherspoons. The Hollywood star, who is believed to be filming nearby, was spotted at the Romany Rye in Dereham, enjoying burgers and pizza with two friends. He then went shopping at a nearby Morrisons store where he bought steak and other groceries. “Dereham doesn’t usually play host to some of the most famous Hollywood stars on the planet,” a local told The Times.

Builder fired after poo throwing

A construction worker in Ireland has been fired after throwing a bag of his own poo from a crane onto the side of a building. In a video of the incident, which took place in Dublin, the man jokes about “the joys of being a crane driver” before dropping a full bag of faeces over the side of a crane onto a building below, where it explodes. A spokesperson for the building management company told the Daily Star that the incident was “highly regrettable”.

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