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Astrologist claims coronavirus will ‘disappear quickly’

And other stories from the stranger side of life

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An astrologist has claimed that according to the stars, the coronavirus will “disappear quickly”. Arik Xander said: “We need to use the Moon in Aquarius to balance the nodes. So that's connecting more with people in our hearts and minds, not isolating ourselves and going into me-first survival/panic/animal mode.”

Surfer survives by punching a shark twice 

A surfer survived being bitten by a shark in Australia by punching it twice. Dylan Nacass escaped with minor injuries to his legs after the hair-raising encounter. “I punched him one time, he stay in my legs. Two times after, he go,” the Frenchman told 9 News.

Man wins $177,777 while waiting to claim another prize 

A man in Virginia waiting to cash in his winning lottery ticket won an additional $177,777. As Jeff Melick was waiting claim his $1,000 winning scratch-off ticket, he purchased a Lucky 7s Tripler ticket and realised he’d also won $177,777. “I kind of went numb,” he said. “I was doing good with the $1,000 winner.”

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