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The planet’s most addictive food is named

And other stories from the stranger side of life

Pizza is the most addictive food on the planet, according to a new study. Researchers at the University of Michigan looked at addictive eating in 518 participants and named a top five of pizza, chocolate, crisps, biscuits and ice cream. A more surprising foodstuff named on the scale is the bread roll, which came in at 13, between fried chicken and popcorn.

Constipated woman strained so hard she ‘lost ten years of memories’

A woman with constipation strained so hard on the toilet that she lost ten years of memories. The woman in Hong Kong says she suffered an eight-hour “mental blackout”. A doctor explained: “If you are physically pushing very hard, you could cut off blood supply to the brain.”

Dove stops driver getting speeding ticket 

A dove helped a driver avoid a speeding fine in Germany. The bird flew across the motorist’s side of the car at the moment they were snapped speeding, meaning he or she could not be identified. The driver avoided a speeding ticket fine of €105 (£93). Sharing the incident on Facebook, police in Viersen said the “Holy Ghost” may be responsible.

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