In Brief

Covid misinformation blamed for Texans drinking bleach

And other stories from the stranger side of life

1.jpg

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.”

–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––For a round-up of the most important stories from around the world - and a concise, refreshing and balanced take on the week’s news agenda - try The Week magazine. Start your trial subscription today –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Recommended

Covid-19: everything you need to know about coronavirus
coronavirus.jpg
In Depth

Covid-19: everything you need to know about coronavirus

Human rights, Russian troops and rude town names
A protester is confronted by police
Podcast

Human rights, Russian troops and rude town names

Quiz of The Week
Boris Johnson and David Cameron in 2015
Quizzes and puzzles

Quiz of The Week

What is Donald Trump doing now?
Donald Trump
In Depth

What is Donald Trump doing now?

Popular articles

15 most expensive English towns outside of London
Virginia Water, Surrey
In Depth

15 most expensive English towns outside of London

What is Donald Trump doing now?
Donald Trump
In Depth

What is Donald Trump doing now?

Covid holiday test costs
Heathrow Terminal 5 passenger
Getting to grips with . . .

Covid holiday test costs