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Cannabis strewn over highway on ‘420’

And other stories from the stranger side of life

 A man lighting a joint

Hundreds of pounds of marijuana were strewn over a US highway following a crash, reported TMZ. A pickup truck allegedly carrying the cannabis was making its way across the state, where only medicinal marijuana is legal. Two men in the truck were arrested for drug trafficking. The crash happened on 20 April, or “420”, an international counterculture holiday, where people gather to celebrate and consume cannabis.

Whitby aims for vampire record

Whitby is hoping to set a new world record for the largest-ever gathering of people dressed up as vampires. English Heritage is inviting vampire lovers to don their black cloaks and fangs for a gathering at Whitby Abbey, which is regarded as “the birthplace of Dracula”. To qualify as a vampire for the gathering, revellers must wear black trousers or dresses, black shoes, waistcoats, shirts, black capes or collared overcoats and fangs on their top row of teeth.

Larger scorpions are less deadly

Larger scorpions have a less potent venom, a study has shown. Researchers the Ryan Institute at the National University of Ireland looked at 36 species and found the venom of the smallest was a hundred times more powerful than that of the largest. The news adds succour to a scene in an Indiana Jones film where the hero’s sidekick is stung by a scorpion and complains that it was huge. “Good,” replies Jones. “When it comes to scorpions, the bigger the better.”

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