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‘Sounds of intimacy’ heard at Wimbledon’s meditation space

And other stories from the stranger side of life

A lawn at Wimbledon tennis championships

“Sounds of intimacy” have reportedly been heard at a new quiet space designed for tennis fans to find “a moment of private meditation, prayer or reflection” at Wimbledon. The Guardian said spectators have reported seeing "sheepish looking couples” emerging from the facility next to court 12. One onlooker said he spotted a man and a woman leaving the room with “big grins” on their faces. “She was in a long flowing summer dress and there was no doubt as to what they’d been up to,” he explained.

Tortoise fitted with rollers

A three-legged tortoise has been fitted with rollers at a zoo in Chester. Hope, a ploughshare tortoise who was found in a suitcase by Hong Kong customs officers in 2019, was described by a zoo spokesperson as “an incredibly special tortoise”. The “prosthetic mobility support” is working “wonderfully well”, they added. Ploughshare tortoises, native to Madagascar, are one of the world’s rarest animals, with fewer than 300 remaining in the wild, noted the BBC.

Winning numbers chosen from Uber 

A US man who won a $50,000 prize in a lottery draw said he chose his numbers from a kindly Uber driver’s license plate. The 51-year-old told Maryland Lottery officials that recent troubles with his car led him to take an Uber with a driver who was “great to talk to”, said UPI. He said he remembered the licence plate numbers and used them for his lottery ticket. “That will be my last Uber ride for a long while,” the man added.

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