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Hairdresser cuts holes in umbrella as coronavirus barrier

And other stories from the stranger side of life

A hairdresser has cut holes in an umbrella for arms and eyes to use as a barrier between clients during the coronavirus pandemic. The imaginative Dutch stylist then cut an additional hole in her makeshift protective suit to thread a customer's eyebrows. As a photo of the set-up went viral on Facebook, one user commented: “Bunch of lunatics.”

Surge in demand for sex toys

There has been a surge in demand for sex toys in Britain during the coronavirus pandemic. Sales of the toys have soared by 13% in the UK, according to statistics from adult brand Womaniser. Overseas, the surge has been even higher: Canada has seen an 135% increase in sex toy sales and sales in Italy are up 71%.

California says don't flush t-shirts

Officials in California are warning people to be beware of what they flush. After sales of toilet paper jumped about 213 per cent, people have started using shredded T-shirts in place of toilet paper, causing a sewer backup. Officials said that if people use anything in the bathroom other than toilet paper, they should: “Bag it. Don't flush it.”

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