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‘Did I miss anything?’ asks man after 75-day retreat

And other stories from the stranger side of life

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A man has emerged from a 75-day silent retreat, tweeting: “I’m back from 75 days in silence. Did I miss anything?” In March, Daniel Thorson withdrew into a remote cabin in northwestern Vermont as part of a Buddhist monastic community. One tweeter told him he had “missed history on steroids.”

Up to 36 alien civilisations in our galaxy, says study 

There could be 36 intelligent alien civilisations in our galaxy, according to a new study. Researchers at the University of Nottingham say the average distance to the purported civilisations would be around 17,000 light years. “We calculate that there should be around 36 active civilisations in our Galaxy,” they said.

Emergency landing after passenger breaks window 

A plane was forced to make an emergency landing after a drunken passenger broke one of the aircraft’s windows mid-flight. The 29-year-old punched the hole while travelling on Loong Airlines Flight 8528, which had taken off from Xining, in north-western China. It was bound for the coastal city of Yancheng in Jiangsu Province, east China but had to make an unscheduled emergency stop at Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport.

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