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Alexa ‘has developed a mind of its own’

And other stories from the stranger side of life

An Alexa assistant

Amazon’s Alexa has become pro-active and switched off lights without being asked, the online retail giant has said. Dave Limp, senior vice president of devices and services, told The Telegraph the virtual assistant was learning to pre-empt its customers’ needs. For instance, if you turn off your lights 10 days in a row then you go on holiday and forget to do it, Alexa will switch them off for you.

Puppy digs up £6k of coins

A family’s new puppy is “already worth its weight in gold” after it dug up sovereign coins worth thousands of pounds on his first walk, The Times reported. Adam Clark and his partner Kim Mcguire bought Ollie, a lagotto romagnolo, last month. He dug up 15 gold sovereign pieces, thought to date back to the 19th century, during the walk near Blackpool. They have been valued at £5,943.96.

Wrexham owner gives urinal as present

Hollywood star Ryan Reynolds has gifted a commemorative urinal to his Wrexham FC co-owner Rob McElhenney, reported Sky News. Reynolds posted a video on Twitter of himself in the toilet as he wished McElhenney a happy 45th birthday. He said: “Today we commemorate a man, not just any man, Mr Co-Chairman Robert Lucinda McElhenney, with this memorial urinal.”

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