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Man swallows earphone - and it still works after emerging

And other stories from the stranger side of life

A man who accidentally swallowed an Apple AirPod earphone found it still worked after it passed through his digestive system. Activating his phone’s 'Find My AirPods’ feature to find the lost item, Ben Hsu realised the bleep was coming from his stomach. After taking laxative to speed its passage, he was thrilled to discover that the re-emerged earphone still worked. “The battery was still at 41%!” he said.

‘Elvis’ admits he didn’t die

An audio recording has emerged in which a man claiming to be Elvis Presley admits that the body in his funeral casket was not his. “There was a close friend of mine who worked in Los Angeles and I had him make a wax replica of me and at the time he was the best in the business,” says the man. After the audio was posted in a Facebook group, one member commented: “It's definitely NOT an impersonator.”

Stop gossiping, Pope tells hairdressers 

The Pope has told hairdressers to avoid gossiping. Speaking to 230 Italian Catholic hair cutters, stylists and beauticians, he told them to “avoid falling into the temptation of gossip that is easily associated with your work”. He urged them to go about their work “with Christian style, treating clients with gentleness and courtesy, offering them always a good word and encouragement”.

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