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Giant ‘fatberg’ measuring 210 feet clogging up British sewer
LONDON: A British official says a giant “fatberg” has been found blocking a sewer in southwestern England. The fatberg in question is a mass of hardened fat, oil and baby wipes measuring 64 meters (210 feet) long. Andrew Roantree of South West Water says it will “take our sewer team around eight weeks to dissect this monster in exceptionally challenging work conditions.” He urged the public not to pour grease down the drain or flush baby wipes down the toilet, adding: “Don’t feed the fatberg.” The revolting fat mass was discovered in drains in the coastal town of Sidmouth. In 2017, a 250-meter (820-foot) fatberg was found in sewers beneath Whitechapel in east London. A chunk of that later went on display at the Museum of London, nestled inside transparent boxes. (AP)

Police search for man who licked doorbell for three hours
NEW york: A man who spent three hours licking a doorbell as a family slept inside is being hunted by police. Roberto Daniel Arroyo, 33, was captured taking part in the bizarre act on the Dungans’ home CCTV in Salinas, California, on Saturday morning. The clear footage shows the man leaning his head against the intercom outside their front door and licking the doorbell from several different angles. The Dungan parents were not at home at the time, however their children were sleeping inside, but did not wake up. They had installed the doorstep camera a month before and were alerted to movement at about 5am, when they reviewed the footage to find the disturbing images. They alerted police, who said the footage was so clear they quickly identified the man as Arroyo. They added that he appeared to “relieve himself” in the Dungans’ garden and entered several other neighbours’ yards. Police say Arroyo could face two charges for petty theft and prowling. (Agencies)

Girl’s body stolen from grave in suspected Chinese ghost marriage
BEIJING: A teenager’s body has been stolen from her grave in China in tomb robbing for a suspected ‘ghost marriage’. Known as ‘minghun’ or ‘spirit marriage’, Chinese ‘ghost marriages’ see corpses wed to living people in a ceremony thought to bring peace to the dead in afterlife. The village family from in North China believe the corpse of their female relative, who died aged 18, has been stolen for one such ceremony. The family also revealed that strangers had once visited their home offering to purchase their relative’s body to become a ‘corpse bride’. China outlawed the trading of corpses in August 2006. Those deemed to have breached the corpse regulation laws face up to three years in prison. (Agencies)

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