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Pembrokeshire villagers will vote in fish and chip shop

And other stories from the stranger side of life

fish and chips

Voters in a Pembrokeshire village will be casting their ballots in the local fish and chip shop today. The usual station is being repaired, so polling will be in a chippy in Llanddewi Velfrey, near Narberth. “The council approached us about putting it in our chip shop,” said Kelly Philpin of Hank Marvin. “We have a restaurant there, so were happy to help despite it being an unusual location.”

Hendrix didn't launch Britain’s parakeet invasion

Jimi Hendrix is not responsible for Britain’s parakeet population. Legend has long had it that the parrots arrived in Britain when the rock star released a pair — named Adam and Eve — on Carnaby Street in 1968. However, a new study found that the population grew after several small-scale escapes. “I would have loved the Jimi Hendrix story to have been true, but sadly not,” said one of the researchers.

Man pulls 32-foot tapeworm out of his bottom 

A man in Thailand pulled a 32ft-long tapeworm out of his own backside while using the toilet. Recalling his fateful visit to the facilities, Kritsada Ratprachoom, said: “I felt like I wasn't finished defecating, like something was left. Turns out there was something sticking out of my bottom.” He took a photograph of the slithering being before flushing it down the loo.

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