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Tick that makes you allergic to meat is spreading across US

And other stories from the stranger side of life

A tick that makes people throw up when they eat red meat is spreading across America. A single bite from the lone star tick can trigger a life-long allergy known as alpha-gal (AGS) syndrome, said The Telegraph. “Before my diagnosis, I loved bacon cheeseburgers,” said Maryland-based Keith Tremel, who has the allergy. “My wife and two kids both like bacon, and my son enjoys steak, so cooking that for them can be a little bit of torture.”

PM mixes up Teeside and Tyneside

Boris Johnson has been mocked after he appeared confused about the location of his election campaigning activity in north-east England. In a tweet, the PM said he was in Teesside where the Conservatives are “delivering a massive programme of investment as part of our plan to level up the whole of the UK”. People on Twitter pointed out that he was in fact in Whitley Bay, which is in North Tyneside, and not Teesside, about 40 miles away. The tweet has since been deleted, noted The Guardian.

Man hopes penis op will change his fortune

A man is celebrating after his penis was restored by an operation involving a skin graft from his arm. Malcolm McDonald has spent six years with a reconstructed penis attached to his arm, awaiting an operation to move it down south. He told The Times that he was thrilled by the outcome of the nine-hour operation, which he said he hoped would mark a change in his fortune. “My luck in life hasn’t been too good so far,” he said, “but it can only go bad for so long, can’t it?”

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