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Yesterday โ€” January 16th 2019Weird&Strange

Face value: One-time Afghan wedding singer a ringer for Canada's Trudeau

Afghan singer Abdul Salam Maftoon's striking resemblance to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has turned him into an unlikely celebrity in the war-torn country since his debut on a talent show.

Striped body painting may protect from horsefly bites

For years we have known that the black and whites stripes on a zebra's body were a vital deterrent to horseflies.

  • January 16th 2019 at 01:14
Before yesterdayWeird&Strange

Trudeau's 'lost twin' finds fame in Afghan talent show

A wedding singer from a remote Afghan village is hoping to win a TV talent show after going viral due to his resemblance to Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau.

  • January 15th 2019 at 13:03

Toto's Africa to play on loop 'for eternity' in desert

Toto's hit song Africa is set to "keep going for all eternity" thanks to a sound installation set up in the world's oldest desert to play the track on loop.

  • January 15th 2019 at 10:46

Dad visited by police after baby son tasted chilli sauce

A father was visited by police after he posted a joke on Facebook about accidentally giving his baby son hot chilli sauce.

  • January 14th 2019 at 16:36

Egg poaches Instagram record from Kylie Jenner

An egg has become the most-liked Instagram post of all-time, poaching the record from reality star Kylie Jenner.

  • January 14th 2019 at 10:30

Rhea named after Chris Rea on the run after escaping farm

A rhea is on the run in south Oxfordshire after escaping from a farm.

  • January 14th 2019 at 10:04

Has Wales got the world's steepest street?

Residents of a Welsh community say they have the world's steepest street - steep enough to beat the current record-holder in New Zealand.

  • January 14th 2019 at 01:38

All the rage: Beijingers vent their stress in 'anger room'

It took Smash customer Qiu Siyu just a few sharp blows with a baseball bat to wreck what looked like an old car radio, after which two friends battered telephones, audio speakers, rice cookers and even a mannequin.

'Anger room' gives China a smashing way to reduce rage

Young people in China are venting their frustration in an anger room, which allows them to smash up wine bottles and mannequins to release tension.

  • January 13th 2019 at 08:45

My first Python package

By DIRKMJK

As a self-taught programmer, I sometimes feel a bit uneasy about the code I write. Sure, it may work, but there’s probably a more efficient and more elegant way to do it. These doubts notwithstanding, I’ve just published my first Python package: limepy.

Its purpose is simple: it helps you process and summarise LimeSurvey data. LimeSurvey is a survey tool, somewhat similar to Surveymonkey. It’s different in that it’s open source, and probably more versatile.

If you download survey data as a csv, the answers to question types such as multiple choice questions or blocks of questions (‘arrays’) will be spread out over multiple columns. One task of limepy is to make sure all the data for a specific item end up in one table.

Limepy will also help you with a number of other tasks, like downloading survey data, creating a codebook, printing answers to open-ended questions and printing the answers of an individual respondent.

Find the package on Github and PyPI. Install with pip install limepy. Feedback welcome.

  • January 13th 2019 at 10:31

Teen crashes after driving car blindfolded for 'Bird Box Challenge'

A teenage driver has crashed into another car after pulling her hat over her eyes as part of the so-called "Bird Box Challenge".

  • January 12th 2019 at 08:56

Town 'inundated' with dozens of stranded seals

Dozens of seals have become stranded in a Canadian town after waters they used to navigate from the ocean froze over.

  • January 10th 2019 at 16:03

Oz PM mocked over two left feet Photoshop fail

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has laughed off an attempt by aides to scrub out his old trainers from a family photo on his website.

  • January 9th 2019 at 09:58

Man busted licking doorbell for three hours

A man who spent three hours licking a doorbell as a family slept inside their home has been charged with prowling and theft.

  • January 8th 2019 at 23:45

Woman took erectile dysfunction cream to treat eye condition

A woman has suffered chemical injuries after she was mistakenly prescribed erectile dysfunction cream for a dry eye, according to a report.

  • January 8th 2019 at 14:49

'Monster' fatberg longer than Nelson's Column found in Devon

A "monster" fatberg that is longer than Nelson's Column has been found clogging a sewer in a Devon seaside town.

  • January 8th 2019 at 12:17

French author, 50, says he couldn't love a woman over 50

A French author has been mocked on social media after claiming he would be "incapable" of loving a woman who was over the age of 50.

  • January 8th 2019 at 10:40

Sonic attacks on US embassy staff 'may have been crickets'

Suspected sonic attacks on US embassy staff in Cuba are believed to have been caused by the sound of crickets, scientists have claimed.

  • January 7th 2019 at 16:34
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