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Decapitated body revealed as mannequin

And other stories from the stranger side of life

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A decapitated body discovered on a Florida beach has turned out, on further investigation, to be a mannequin from a shop. A Florida charity that organises beach clean-up events said a volunteer was walking along the beach at Perdido Key when she came across what initially seemed to be human body that was missing its head. “We are glad it wasn't a real body,” the charity said in a Facebook post.

Rat costume helps man keep distance on subway

A man who wears a rat costume on the New York subway says his costume “makes it easy to practise social distancing”. Performance artist Jonothon Lyons says: “I don’t have to worry about people staying six feet away from me.” He stresses that he also wears a surgical face mask underneath his rat face.

Artists make largest balloon dinosaur 

Artists have used 150,000 biodegradable balloons to construct a 25-foot-high sculpture of a dinosaur that captured a Guinness World Record in Turkey. It was assembled at an Istanbul mall as part of a Balloon Animal Kingdom exhibit. The vast dinosaur was awarded the Guinness World Record for the largest balloon sculpture of a dinosaur.

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