Tall Tales

Medics find dumbbell in unexpected area

And other stories from the stranger side of life

A pair of dumbbells

Doctors in Brazil discovered an eight-inch dumbbell lodged in a patient’s rectum after he arrived at A&E complaining of cramps and severe constipation. When medics found the patient “uncooperative”, the Daily Mail said they decided to X-ray his abdomen and found the 2kg dumbbell lodged firmly inside him. Unable to tease it out with tweezers, a surgeon inserted their hand “up to the forearm” to manually extract it, the paper added. Other items retrieved from mens’ rectums include vegetables, torches and a 15-inch eel.

Sheeran leads pub singalong

Ed Sheeran has led locals in a singalong at a pub in Birmingham. The singer-songwriter went to The Roost in Small Heath with rapper Jaykae, who is from the city, on Sunday night. Footage of Sheeran singing with punters, playing pool and pulling pints was widely shared on social media. The Daily Mail said that Sheeran, who has a reported net worth of £153m, treated himself to drinks at the pub where you can get four pints for £8 or six shots of Sambuca for £10.

World’s tallest family crowned

A family in Minnesota has been confirmed as the tallest in the world. The Trapp family has been certified by Guinness World Records as the tallest in the world with an average height of 203.29 cm (six ft, 8.03in). The family’s combined height is equal to the length of half a tennis court. “Our friends and family are so proud of us and like to use us for bragging rights, saying they know a world record holder,” said one member of the clan.

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