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Did The Simpsons predict the coronavirus?

And other stories from the stranger side of life

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Some fans of The Simpsons think the show predicted the outbreak of the coronavirus in 1993. During an episode, a worker in Japan says: “Please don't tell the supervisor I have the flu” and coughs. However, an image purportedly from the same episode, featuring a newsreader talking about “coronavirus”, has turned out to be a hoax.

Wine pours out of taps in Italian village

Wine-loving residents in an Italian village were delighted when wine began pouring out of taps. The oddity occurred when a winery in Castelvetro accidentally began pumping wine into the area’s water system. The local council later apologised.

Pilot draws penis as he waits to land

A pilot drew a penis in with his flight path while waiting to land at an airport. The Lufthansa aircraft created the genital image while waiting to land at Bremen Airport in Germany. The phallic creation was noted up by FlightRadar24 - a website that tracks commercial flights.

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