True Stories that Seem Like April Fools Jokes, But, Sadly, Aren’t
Russian leader Vladimir Putin has given the go-ahead for guns that turn victims into “zombies” by targeting their central nervous system.
Children will be made to read fake words like “terg”, “fape” and “ulf” in an effort to gauge their reading levels. The bogus words will be mixed with real words in tests to be taken soon.
Scientists at Oxford University are applying for government approval to put the first driverless car on British roads. The modified BAE Wildcat jeep will use cameras and lasers to calculate its location.
The mystery of “beer goggles” – the phenomenon by which people find members of the opposite sex more attractive after drinking alcohol – has been solved. Scientists at Roehampton University found the ability to judge whether faces were symmetrical – a key measure of attractiveness – is severely impaired by alcohol.
A hiker who was about to be mauled to death by a mountain lion was saved by a bear. Experts are yet to confirm the report from a shaken Bob Biggs.
And the worst?
A traditional Palm Sunday donkey parade was cancelled because of health and safety fears. Eastleigh Borough Council in Hampshire received objections from police about traffic management, signage, road safety, risk assessment and insurance.