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Fake juror from Depp vs. Heard trial goes viral on TikTok

And other stories from the stranger side of life

A man claiming to be a member of the seven-person jury that deliberated in the Johnny Depp vs. Amber Heard trial has gone viral on TikTok with what he claimed were his exclusive insights from the high-profile case. His posts attracted two million views and were covered by the Daily Mail. However, CNN reported that the man behind the account did not serve on the jury. In a text message, he admitted it “was just a prank”.

Woman finds thousands of dollars in Craigslist cushion

A California woman who obtained some furniture for free on Craigslist was surprised by what she found in a couch cushion – $36,000 in cash. Vicky Umodu told The Washington Post that she noticed something odd about one of the cushions. “I could feel there was a bunch of paper,” she said. “When I pulled it out, I was shocked.” She spoke to the person who had made the Craigslist posting and returned the cash. The family, who had listed the furniture of a recently-deceased relative, gave her a $2,200 reward and she plans to spend the money on a new fridge.

Unburnable novel sells for $130,000

A one-of-a-kind, unburnable edition of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale has been auctioned for $130,000, Sotheby’s announced. The 384-page book consists mainly of Cinefoil, a specially treated aluminium product. Proceeds will be donated to PEN America, which advocates for free expression worldwide, The Guardian reported. “I’m very pleased that the one-of-a-kind Unburnable Book of The Handmaid’s Tale has raised so much money for PEN America,” Atwood said in a statement.

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