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Preacher says apocalyptic fireball could destroy Earth next month

And other stories from the stranger side of life

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A doomsday preacher is warning that an asteroid due to come closer to Earth than the moon could be an “apocalyptic fireball” prophesied in the Bible. Experts say that the asteroid is expected to skim past our planet on 1 September. Pastor Paul Begley said: “I've been talking about this for a decade because we knew, according to the Bible, we knew it was coming - even without scientific proof.”

Restaurant serves up ‘Covid curry’

Feeling peckish? A restaurant in India is offering diners a ‘Covid curry’ with a paratha in the shape of a mask. The dish, at Multi-Cuisine in Jodhpur, Rajastha, has a Kofta in the shape of pointed crown to resemble the appearance of the coronavirus, accompanied by the mask bread. Customers who can prove they have recovered from Covid are given a special discount.

Vicar serves communion bread with chopsticks

A Church of England vicar is using chopsticks to give bread to parishioners during Holy Communion to stick to social distancing rules. Reverend Eileen Harrop, the vicar of St Mary’s in Gainford and St Andrew’s in Winston, County Durham, said: “I thought, ‘Why can’t I use a long pair of chopsticks, real bread rather than wafers, and drop it into the communicants’ hands?’”

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