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Winemakers turn excess stock into hand sanitiser

And other stories from the stranger side of life

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Winemakers in France are transforming unsold wine into hand sanitiser. After wine sales and exports, particularly to the US, collapsed during the coronavirus crisis, around 3m hectolitres need to be distilled as a result of lower sales during the coronavirus crisis. Didier Josso, head of the wine branch in the farming agency FranceAgriMer, said: “From tomorrow, 33 licensed distillers will be able to collect the wine and distil it.”

Doctors remove phone charger from man's bladder 

Doctors in India have removed a two-foot long phone charger from inside a man’s bladder. The 30-year-old man, said to have a “history of accidental ingestion of headphones”, was given a two-day course of laxatives in a bid to ease the pain before doctors performed a small incision into his gastrointestinal tract. “This man took things a little too far,” said a doctor.

New Mexico treasure found after 10 years 

A treasure hunter in New Mexico revealed that his chest of gold, jewels and other valuables worth over $1 million has been found after a 10-year search. In 2010, Forrest Fenn announced that he had hidden the chest somewhere in the Rocky Mountains. Tens of thousands of people searched for it and now a man, who wishes to remain anonymous, has discovered the chest.

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