In Brief

Old television set knocked out village’s broadband every day for 18 months

And other stories from the stranger side of life

1.jpg

An engineer has solved the mystery of why an entire Welsh village lost its broadband signal at 7am every day for 18 months: an elderly resident's old TV set.

Michael Jones said he detected “a large burst of electrical interference” at 7am in Aberhosan and traced it to an elderly local’s old television set. “As you can imagine, when we pointed this out to the resident, they were mortified that their old secondhand TV was the cause of an entire village’s broadband problems,” Jones said.

Thai park mails litter back to offenders 

A park in Thailand has found a novel way of discouraging litter. If you’re caught dropping rubbish, workers in the Khao Yai National Park near Bangkok will pack it up into a box and post it to your home address. The mailed litter will arrive complete with note telling the offender: “You forgot these things at Khao Yai National Park.”

Surgery after man swallows toothbrush 

A toothbrush has been removed from a man’s stomach after he swallowed it while brushing his teeth. The 39-year-old man in India was rushed to hospital following the accidental swallowing. A 30-minute surgery session was needed to remove the bloodied 19cm toothbrush, however, doctors say the man had an “uneventful recovery”.

–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––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

Child deaths on the rise as Indonesia grapples with rapid Covid-19 surge
Two children stand as their relatives pray by an ambulance in Yogyakarta, Indonesia
In Depth

Child deaths on the rise as Indonesia grapples with rapid Covid-19 surge

‘Golden bawls’
Today's newspaper front pages
Today’s newspapers

‘Golden bawls’

Broadcaster apologises for ‘shocking’ Olympic stereotypes
TOKYO, JAPAN - SEPTEMBER 08:Residents of Olympic bid city Tokyo celebrate while holding Tokyo signs after the announcement of the 2020 Summer Olympic Games host city at Komazawa Olympic Park
Tall Tales

Broadcaster apologises for ‘shocking’ Olympic stereotypes

Who is Kate Shemirani? Anti-vaxxer speech investigated over ‘Nuremberg’ cry
Kate Shemirani
Profile

Who is Kate Shemirani? Anti-vaxxer speech investigated over ‘Nuremberg’ cry

Popular articles

Why your AstraZeneca vaccine may mean no European holidays
Boris Johnson receives his second dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine
Getting to grips with . . .

Why your AstraZeneca vaccine may mean no European holidays

Govcoins: everything you need to know about the ‘revolutionary’ digital currencies
Digital Chinese currency is displayed on a mobile phone in Yichang, Hubei province, China
In Depth

Govcoins: everything you need to know about the ‘revolutionary’ digital currencies

Mark Cavendish: cycling’s greatest sprinter of all time
Mark Cavendish tour de france
Profile

Mark Cavendish: cycling’s greatest sprinter of all time

The Week Footer Banner