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Kayakers to be told to stop getting naked in public

And other stories from the stranger side of life

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Kayakers are to be told to stop getting naked in public, reported The Telegraph. An official Paddlers’ Code for England, expected to be launched this summer, will advise canoeists, kayakers and stand-up paddle boarders to change clothes “in a discreet and considerate way”. Last year, a councillor in Totnes, Devon, raised the problem, saying: “They get out of their cars and get changed into their wetsuits on the pavement. If you’re walking out of your front door, that’s not what you want to see.”

Man defies predictions to scale Everest again

A mountaineer who was told he would never walk again unaided after shattering both his heels has scaled Mount Everest for a record-breaking 16th time. Kenton Cool, 48, reached the summit of the 8,849m peak overnight on Saturday, alongside British fitness guru Rebecca Louise, who completed the climb for the first time. The broadcaster Ben Fogle described Cool, who lives in Gloucestershire with his wife and two children, as “one of the all-time greats”, said The Times.

Pentagon ‘to reveal if aliens exist’

US politicians hope to find out this week if aliens exist, reported the Daily Star. Intelligence officials at the Pentagon will open up their real-life X Files when they are quizzed by the US Congress on what they know about aliens. “This will give the public an opportunity to hear directly from leaders in the intelligence community on one of the greatest mysteries of our time,” said Adam Schiff, chairman of the US intelligence committee. Last year, the US released a report logging 144 cases of “unidentified aerial phenomena” since 2004.

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