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Netflix announces Squid Game reality spin-off show

And other stories from the stranger side of life

Netflix is recruiting contestants for a reality TV show inspired by its most popular series of all time, Squid Game. But unlike the premise of the South Korean dystopian drama, it will not be life or death at stake: the worst fate will be going home empty-handed, rather than with the $4.56m (£3.8m) prize. The streaming platform said that its new ten-episode series, Squid Game: The Challenge, would offer the “largest cast and lump cash prize in reality TV history”, noted the BBC.

Man gets shoes tattooed onto feet

A man who was “tired of paying” to replace his worn-out shoes has had his favourite pair of Nike trainers tattooed onto his feet, reported the Daily Mirror. “He’s tired of paying for shoes, so he decided he will get his favourite pair of Nikes tattooed on him and he can see the funny side to it,” said the tattoo artist, who said the procedure took ten hours. “Definitely a great conversation starter. His wife loves it too.”

Make way for the ‘millibot’ 

Scientists have announced a pea-sized amphibious robot that can swim through bodily fluids and navigate obstacles to deliver drugs exactly where they are needed. Experts at Stanford University have released footage showing the millibot leaping over hurdles and plunging into a tank of water to collect a small piece of cargo and then dumping its shipment. When people currently swallow a drug or have it injected, it spreads throughout the system, which limits how effective treatments can be, said The Telegraph.

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