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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Twenty Things: Did You Know...?

British woman reveals she fell pregnant with twinsbthen conceived while carrying them and gave birth to triplets
What is superfoetation?/GETTY.

News nuggets pegged, tagged and picked from the press.

  1. A man who killed a Scottish toddler in a shootout at a Turkish cafe in 2003 has been shot dead at his own wedding.
  2. Tennis star Serena Williams has said that the comments by Romania's Fed Cup about the skin colour of her unborn child, on whether the baby would be "chocolate with milk", were racist.
  3. A female osprey has refused to give up on her clutch of three eggs even after her nest was smothered in snow.
  4. A 600-year-old oak tree where President George Washington once picnicked has been cut down after starting to show signs of its age.
  5. A dancer with Down's syndrome has entered the Miss USA pageant.
  6. A British woman's revealed she fell pregnant with twins, then conceived while carrying them and gave birth to triplets. It's a rare occurrence called superfoetation.
  7. A 12-year-old boy who was apparently trying to drive across Australia has been stopped by police 1,300km (800 miles) into his journey.
  8. A caterpillar that munches on plastic bags could hold the key to tackling plastic pollution, scientists say.
  9. In the UK, people are cheating in driving test theory exams by using wireless earpieces linked to a mobile phone to get help with the answers.
  10. A woman who decorated her London townhouse with red and white "candy cane" stripes can ignore a council order to repaint it, the High Court has ruled.
  11. A Welsh hospital patient has been waiting nearly four years to leave hospital after being declared fit for discharge.
  12. A man crawling the London Marathon dressed as a gorilla is approaching the course's half-way point, two days after the race began.
  13. Confectionery giant Nestle plans to cut almost 300 jobs in England, and move production of the Blue Riband chocolate biscuit to one of its factories in Poland.
  14. It is the first time in six decades that neither of France's main left-wing or right-wing parties has had a presidential candidate in the second round, while Russian hackers are targeting the campaign of French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron, say security experts.
  15. A Thai man filmed himself killing his baby daughter on Facebook Live, before taking his own life, Thai police say.
  16. True to his hard man onscreen image, actor Tom Hardy apprehended a man who had allegedly stolen a motorbike in London, police have said.
  17. Robert Pirsig, author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, has died at the age of 88.
  18. Yahoo's chief executive, Marissa Meyer, will be paid $184m when the sale of her company to Verizon completes this year.
  19. The explosion in streaming services also helped the music industry grow in value for the second year in a row, with revenue up by 5.9% to $15.7bn (£12.35bn).
  20. A computer hacker has been jailed for two years for masterminding global online attacks as a teenager from his bedroom in England.

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