From talking ducks to scary croissants: 2021’s weirdest news

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PARIS — How we laughed in 2021! Yes, the year was plagued by COVID, fires and floods... but it did throw up some weird and wonderful news to lift the spirits. اضافة اعلان

Here is our selection:

A final leak

There was only so long US Secret Service agents guarding Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner could hold on.

Donald Trump’s seemingly favorite child and her millionaire partner refused to let agents use any of the “6.5 bathrooms” in their Washington mansion, it was revealed days before her father left the White House in January.
Instead they had to use the toilet at Barack and Michelle Obama’s nearby home.

Childbirth is no excuse

South Korean officials issued a reminder to pregnant women to have enough pressed shirts, socks and underpants, and frozen meals ready for their husbands when they are away in hospital giving birth.

Dead lucky

An Indian man declared dead after a motorcycle crash began to move on an autopsy table as doctors got ready to open him up.

Just. Stop. Talking.

Yoshiro Mori resigned as Tokyo Olympics chief in February after the former premier declared that the trouble with women is they talk too much.
Mori later apologized, saying: “I don’t speak to women much.”

We can see you

The entire board of a California primary school resigned after they were caught dissing parents as slackers on a Zoom call.

Saw it coming

A French man who asked his neighbor if he could loan him his saw “to get rid of a body” was arrested in March for the murder of his lodger.

Only codding

Taiwan pleaded with people to stop changing their name after scores changed theirs to “Salmon Prince” and “Salmon Fried Rice” to take advantage of an April sushi chain giveaway for people whose name contained the Chinese characters for the fish.

The First Prankster 

US First Lady Jill Biden, a notorious prankster who once stuffed herself into an overhead locker on Air Force Two when her husband was vice president, disguised herself as a flight attendant on Air Force One to hand out ice cream to reporters on April Fools’ Day.

Let’s be ladies about this

The reigning “Mrs World” was arrested after pulling the crown off the head of her successor as “Mrs Sri Lanka” and smashing her dressing room mirror after the ceremony in Colombo turned ugly.

Scary pastry

A “dangerous-looking animal” in a tree that struck terror into a quiet street in Krakow, Poland, turned out to be a croissant blowing in the wind.

Life’s a Bitche

The French town of Bitche had its Facebook page taken down after the US tech giant thought its name was an insult.

Four weddings

A Taiwanese bank clerk married four times in a month so he could max out the country’s statutory eight days of paid holidays for newlyweds.

What the duck!

Science was rocked in September by news that ducks can talk and they are quacking good impersonators.

Biologists said they can parrot human speech and even imitate the sound of a door closing.

Hard to swallow

Kosovo surgeon Skender Telaku removed a mobile phone from the stomach of a prisoner without cutting him open after he swallowed it to hide it from prison guards.

Luckily the phone did not ring during the delicate procedure.

Disappearing art

A Danish artist given $84,000 to make artworks out of banknotes pocketed the cash and sent the gallery two blank canvasses entitled, “Take the Money and Run”. 

Lock me up, please

A man under house arrest in Italy on drug offences pleaded with police to lock him up because he couldn’t bear being stuck at home with his wife.
Police made the 30-year-old Albanian’s day by jailing him.

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