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Rowan Atkinson fireworks made locals think Cotswolds was under attack

And other stories from the stranger side of life

A fireworks display put on by Rowan Atkinson for his girlfriend’s 40th birthday “backfired” when local residents thought the local military base was under attack. The Times said the pyrotechnics in a “quiet Cotswolds valley” caused “terrified pets” to “flee into the night” and caused human residents to fear that “a heavy bomber group” might be “dropping their payload”. One resident said: “It completely startled me and was horrible. I just didn’t know what to do.”

Octogenarian priest becomes adult movie star

A former priest who has become a porn star at 83 has described sex with strangers on camera as “delightful”. The Daily Star said Norm Self made an unorthodox career move “from priesthood to pornhub” after he came out as gay following a 28-year marriage. Self said that filming porn in his eighties is like “having a party” and when asked whether he would participate in more saucy videos in future, he replied “absolutely”.

Man repeatedly calls 911 for Biden’s arrest

A man in Florida who repeatedly called 911 to say that President Joe Biden needed to be placed in jail was then arrested himself, according to deputies. The Pinellas County man was arrested for calling 911 dispatchers several times to say “President Biden needed to be placed into prison”, according to WFLA. Dispatchers told the caller that his comments were non-emergency related and he was asked not to ring 911 unless it was an emergency, but he kept ringing about the “exact same issue”, the report added.

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