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Mum makes her own toilet paper amid coronavirus shortage

And other stories from the stranger side of life

An Australian mother has made her own toilet paper after failing to find loo roll during four visits to the supermarket. She made dozens of microfibre cloths, which she says are environmentally friendly and reusable. “After use, they go straight into a bucket of bleach with a lid on it, which sits beside the toilet,” she said.

Fish had fingers millions of years ago

Fish had fingers 380 million years ago, researchers have found. The Times says a fossil reveals that “the architecture of our fingers and wrists” was present in a pectoral fin of an ancient fish that lived in what is now Quebec. “Think of Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel — a human hand touching the hand of God,” says a professor. “This is where it begins.”

People are putting Christmas lights back up

Households in the US are putting their Christmas lights back up as a gesture of hope amid the coronavirus pandemic. It all started when a tweeter suggested: “What if we all put our Christmas lights back up? Then we could get in the car and drive around and look at them. That seems like a fair social distancing activity.”

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