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Villain in 2017 Asterix comic book was called Coronavirus

And other stories from the stranger side of life

A character in an Asterix comic book was named after the coronavirus - three years before the deadly Wuhan outbreak. In Asterix and the Chariot Race, a masked villain taking part in the titular race was named Coronavirus. The popular comic book was published in 2017.

Man from 2050 says we are living in matrix 

A man who insists he is a cyborg time traveller from 2050 says we are living in a simulation. “We are being kept down by a corporation,” says the man, known as Orrin. “They are lying to us through marketing schemes and propaganda to hate ourselves, to divide us based on gender, race, sexuality, identity and preference.”

Swami claims women who cook on period will be reborn as dogs 

Women who cook while on their period will be reborn as dogs, according to an Indian religious leader. Krushnaswarup Dasji, a member of Swaminarayan sect of Hindus, has also warned men that they will come back as bullocks if they eat the food made by menstruating women.

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