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Britain being overrun by ‘randy rodents’

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Britain is being “overrun” by “sex mad” rats, reports the Daily Star. There has been a 79% increase in visits to Rentokil’s site after a warm winter provided the perfect breeding ground for “randy rodents”. A spokesman said the numbers could get even higher because unoccupied office buildings across the country could be providing rodents with an opportunity to breed in peace.

Did ancient Israelites smoke cannabis and animal dung?

Ancient Israelites used cannabis as part of their religious rituals, according to researchers who found residue of the herb at a nearly 3,000-year-old shrine. Traces were found on an altar at the Tel Arad temple, in the Negev Desert. An archaeologist said the material contained traces of cannabis and animal dung, probably used to help the plant burn.

City may outlaw looking at your phone while walking 

A Japanese city is planning a bill to make looking at your phone while walking illegal. Politicians in the city of Yamato, in Kanagawa Prefecture, are set to vote on new legislation that would ban staring at a device while walking. They say there has been an increase in the number of accidents involving people staring at their mobiles.

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