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Covid misinformation blamed for Texans drinking bleach

And other stories from the stranger side of life

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Almost 50 North Texans drank bleach this month, according to the North Texas Poison Center, which blamed “misleading and inaccurate information circulating online about how to prevent the spread of Covid-19,” for the rise in poisonings. In April, Donald Trump suggested the new coronavirus might be treated by injecting disinfectant into the body.

Tiny aliens may already be among us

Microscopic aliens drift from planet to planet and could already be here on Earth, according to scientists. The experts claim that the teeny extraterrestrials overcome journeys across the harsh environment of space by grouping in “colonies” thinner than a sheet of paper.

Man goes eight decades without haircut

A man in Vietnam has gone almost 80 years without getting a haircut. Nguyen Van Chien, 92, has five-metre long dreadlocks and says they are part of a divine calling. “I believe if I cut my hair I will die,” he told Reuters. “I dare not to change anything, not even combing it.”

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