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Exhibition to explore Stonehenge’s parallels with Japanese stone circles

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British Museum: The World of Stonehenge

Similarities between Stonehenge and Japanese stone circles are to be explored in a new exhibition at the monument on Salisbury Plain. Circles of Stone: Stonehenge and Prehistoric Japan will highlight similarities between the monuments and settlements of the middle and late Jōmon period in Japan and those built by the late neolithic people of southern Britain, said The Guardian. A spokesperson said that “although there was obviously no contact between Japan and Britain at this time, there are surprising parallels”.

Communication hard for man who married hologram

A Japanese man who married a hologram in 2018 has admitted that he and his spouse are struggling with communication, reported Fox News. Akihiko Kondo, 38, married Hatsune Miku, a virtual reality hologram, in a wedding that cost more than $17,000. However, the software the couple used to communicate has now expired, which means they can no longer speak to each other. “My love for Miku hasn’t changed,” he told the Japanese paper Mainichi.

‘Dead’ woman comes back to life 

A woman who was pronounced dead shocked mourners at her funeral when they heard “knocking” from inside her coffin, reported the Daily Star. Rosa Isabel Cespedes Callaca had been pronounced dead after being involved in a car crash which took the life of her brother-in-law. Speaking about the dramatic moment during the service, cemetery caretaker Juan Segundo Cajo said that Rosa “opened her eyes and was sweating”. Relatives believe she may have simply been in a coma.

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