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Loch Ness monster ‘spotted twice in five days’

And other stories from the stranger side of life

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Reported sightings of the Loch Ness monster are up, with the mysterious creature having been spotted twice in five days. A committed Nessie hunter from Ireland says he saw the monster on an official webcam. Just days earlier, a woman from Manchester said she noticed it while driving with her partner, Danny. “Danny didn't see anything as he was driving,” she explained, “but he said my reaction to what I saw was very convincing.”

China to offer Mars experience to tourists 

China is rehearsing life on Mars with a £17m desert base that mimics the tough conditions of the Red Planet. The facility, in the arid Qaidam Basin, was built by Chinese space agency CNSA and has room for 60 people. Bosses plan to eventually open it to tourists who want a Mars experience but a shorter journey. 

Jesus Christ depicted as killer in comic book

Jesus Christ is portrayed as a cold-blooded killer in new comic book which is certain to cause controversy. The book, called Jesusfreak, depicts a muscular Messiah aggressively beheading enemies with a whirling sword. The promotional blurb explains that Christ is “having some trouble adjusting to the violent world around him”.

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