In Brief

New smart toilet recognises you from your backside

And other stories from the stranger side of life

A ‘smart toilet’ has been created that identifies the user by the shape of their backside and monitors the health of their faecal matter. The manufacturers said the toilet uses cameras and motion sensors to identify a range of disease markers in stool and urine. “We know it seems weird, but as it turns out, your anal print is unique,” the company said.

Jesus figure appears in tree in Colombia  

A Jesus figure has appeared in a tree in Colombia just days before Easter. Crowds of people have broken quarantine rules to visit the tree in the northern town of Magangue, which has outstretched branches resembling a crucifix. A local shopkeeper said: “It can clearly be seen.”

Pandas finally mate as zoo closes down

A zoo in Hong Kong that has been trying to get two pandas to mate for 10 years says that as soon as the coronavirus shut the zoo down, the pandas finally had sex. If it turns out that Le Le did indeed get Ying Ying pregnant, the gestation period for giant pandas ranges between 72 and 324 days. 

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