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George W Bush performs ‘history’s greatest Freudian slip’

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George W Bush accidentally condemned the “unjustified and brutal invasion of Iraq”, in what has been described on social media as “history’s greatest Freudian slip”. During a speech in Texas, the former US president, 75, corrected himself to say he had meant to refer to Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. Michael Williams, a reporter from Dallas News who originally shared the clip on Twitter, described the gaffe as a “significant verbal slip-up”.

Stonehenge builders’ poo reveals startling fact

The builders of Stonehenge took part in winter feasts that included the internal organs of animals, according to parasite eggs discovered in 4,500-year-old human faeces. Experts say they have discovered intestinal parasites in the prehistoric plops – or coprolites – recovered from the ancient rubbish dumps of a settlement where the site’s construction workers lived. “It is the earliest where we know the origin of the person who went to the toilet,” one of the researchers told The Guardian.

Elderly defy stereotypes on TikTik

Elderly people are flocking to TikTok, defying ageist stereotypes of OAPs being technophobic and frail. A new study, which examined 1,382 videos posted by TikTok users aged 60 or over and with at least 100,000 followers, found that 71% featured older adults defying age stereotypes, while 18% featured them making light of age-related vulnerabilities. The Times reported that the “glamma” – or glamorous grandma – was “a recurring motif” in such videos.

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