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Man bites head off snake while sleeping

His mother found him 'asleep and covered in blood' - and other tall tales

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Our pick of the strange stories from around the world.

Man bites head off snake while asleep

A man has been hospitalised in India after biting the head off a snake that slithered into his mouth while he was sleeping. The man, identified only as Raghuvanshi, a resident of Kulkarni Ka Bhatta, was woken by his mother who found him "asleep and covered in blood". He told her he had felt like he was chewing on something in his sleep and then discovered the headless snake on the floor by the bed. He was taken to hospital and is recovering after vomiting up the snake's head and being treated with anti-venom.

Woman arrested for stealing chips from police

A female diner at an Italian Pizza Kitchen in Washington DC has been arrested for stealing chips from a police officer. According to the arrest report, the woman allegedly sat down at the officer's table and struck up a conversation. Without asking she took a chip from his plate and when he asked her to stop, she took another. The woman was warned she was committing a crime, took another chip, and was arrested and charged with second-degree theft.

Man steals 300,000 pennies from his boss

A Pennsylvania man is accused of stealing about 300,000 pennies from his employer after a massive drum that his boss had used as a "spare change box" for years mysteriously went missing. Police were called to investigate and allegedly found a trail of footprints – and pennies – leading to where 34-year-old Robert Napolitan usually parked his car. Officers searching the vehicle found an unusually large number of pennies, at which point he confessed and was arrested and held on $50,000 bail.

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