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‘Down Under dildo’ raises funds for Australian bushfires

And other stories from the stranger side of life

A sex toy company has launched a special dildo to raise funds for the victims of the Australian wildfires. “Our country has been devastated by bushfires & we need your help!”, reads a promotional tweet from Geeky Sex Toys. “So that's why we're proud to announce The Down-Under Donation Dildo!” The company promises that 100% of profits from the Down-Under Donation Dildo will assist with “bushfire recovery”.

Weirdest reasons for flight diversions revealed 

The strangest reasons for air travel diversions have been revealed, including a flight to New York that was redirected to Kansas City because a passenger wouldn't stop singing I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston. A plane flying to Dubai from Heathrow returned to London because of a “smelly poo” and earlier this month an abusive passenger forced an easyJet flight from Egypt to Manchester to be diverted twice, with unscheduled stops in Greece and Italy.

Skunk recovering after rescue from a dryer vent 

Animal rescuers in California have rescued skunk that was trapped inside a dryer vent, causing quite a stink. “I clearly saw the skunk hanging out the side of the house,” said Sarah Leathers, an animal control officer with the Marin Humane Society. Once its injuries are healed the skunk is expected to be released back into the wild.

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