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Pet parrot saves man from house fire

And other stories from the stranger side of life

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A man’s parrot has saved him from a fire that broke out in his house in Brisbane, Australia. “Eric - my parrot - he started to yell so I woke up and I smelled a bit of smoke,” said Anton Nguyen. "I grabbed Eric, opened the door and looked to the back of the house and saw some flames.” The pair managed to leave the house safely.

Tattoo fanatic buys a pair of tusks 

A man who is passionate about body modifications has spent around £400 to have tusks added to his teeth. Orc, who has also tattooed about 80% of his body, says: “I am trying to be myself, these are just my ideas, my inspirations coming from the heart.” Asked about reactions to his appearance, he said: “My mum doesn't like it, my dad tolerates it and my friends find it weird.”

Astronomers find ‘most inhospitable planet’

Astronomers say they have discovered what may be the most inhospitable planet ever. On the Earth-sized planet it rains rocks, the seas are lava and there are winds of more than 3,000 mph. One side of K2-141b has temperatures of 3,000 degrees centigrade but they sink to below minus 200 centigrade on the other. It is around 200 light years away from Earth.

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