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Cat defies ban from local Tesco

And other stories from the stranger side of life

A cat banned from his local Tesco has turned up anyway to relax on the self-service checkouts. Pumpkin, a ginger tom, was a regular in the Thorpe Marriott branch for well over a year before the store “banned him” last November. However, he returned on Sunday and sprawled out over the checkout.

Fire crew frees woman with stuck finger

The London Fire Brigade said a crew responded after a woman got her finger caught in an overflow drain. “She had been stuck for about 20 minutes before we arrived and called us once she'd got over the embarrassment and realised her finger was starting to hurt,” said a spokesperson. Responders who freed the finger say the woman was uninjured apart from her pride.

Planking record broken in India

An insurance company in India broke a record when 2,471 people flexed their core muscles to hold the abdominal plank position for 60 seconds. Bajaj Allianz Life gathered the crowd to hold the plank position simultaneously, breaking its own record of 2,353 people, which was set at a 2018 Plankathon event in Pune.

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