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Radio station plays Rage Against The Machine track non-stop

And other stories from the stranger side of life

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A Canadian radio station baffled listeners when it played a Rage Against the Machine song on repeat all morning. By midday on Wednesday, the song, Killing In The Name, had been played hundreds of times on Kiss Radio 104.9 FM. Industry insiders believe it was a PR stunt to mark a format change at the station to alternative rock. Asked by The Guardian why the song was played so many times, a spokesman replied: “I’m not allowed to say. I’m just a guy in a booth, just letting the Rage play over and over.”

War comic calls time on xenophobic language

The UK’s longest-running war comic has turned its back on chauvinistic content. Commando, which was first published in 1961, enjoyed a heyday in the 1970s when its sales soared to 750,000 a month. Readers devoured tales of “plucky British soldiers and lantern-jawed Americans” overcoming enemies “who said little more than ‘Achtung!’, ‘Gott im Himmel!!’ and ‘Aieee!’”, said The Times. Stereotypes and derogatory terms will now be replaced by more nuanced and compassionate portrayals of wartime life.

Killer whales hunt sharks as food runs low

Killer whales are hunting sharks and eating their organs after running low on their traditional food, researchers from South Africa have found. A pair of orca have been killing great whites off the coast of South Africa for the last five years. Some victims have had their hearts removed neatly by the “razor-sharp teeth” of the deadly double-act, said the Telegraph. The research was published in the African Journal of Marine Science.

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