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Deadly proposal

A Russian man wanted to see if his girlfriend really did love him to death, so he faked his own demise in a bizarre proposal.

Alexey Bykov, 30, from Omsk, hired a movie director, stuntmen, make-up artists, and even a script writer to stage a bogus car crash.

He then arranged to meet girlfriend Irena Kolokov at the crash site so she would be convinced he was dead.

“We’d arranged to meet at a certain place but when I arrived there were mangled cars everywhere, ambulances, smoke, and carnage,” said Kolokov. “Then when I saw Alexy covered in blood lying in the road a paramedic told me he was dead and I just broke down in tears.”

But the supposedly ‘dead’ Bykov then jumped to his feet and proposed to Irena still covered in fake blood. “I was so cross I almost killed him again, but for real this time,” she said. Luckily for Bykov, she eventually saw the joke, said yes and the couple were married last week.

“I wanted her to realise how empty her life would be without me and how life would have no meaning without me. “I think it worked but I promise it’s the last time,” he said.

Mum shaves quads’ heads

The mother of identical quadruplet boys shaved numbers into her sons’ hair to help teachers and classmates tell them apart. Mum Tan Chaoyun, of Shenzen in China’s Guangdong Province, shaved the six-year-olds’ heads with the numbers one to four.

She took the drastic step before they started elementary school because she was worried the boys would get mixed up. “My sons are identical, even to me,” said Tan who reckons the only difference between them is the shape of their eyelids.

“I could only tell the difference between them by having different ankle tags on them before they turned 18 months old. Even now, their father can’t tell which one is which. Sometimes he punishes the second one for something the third one has done.”

Nudist interrupts TV

A TV interview with an elderly couple who had their home destroyed in a storm was interrupted when a naked man walked out of the woods. Eva Halpain, 83, and her partner, John Manassel, were explaining how a tree had fallen on their home in Benton, Arkansas, when they spotted the nudist.

“What is this out there that we got?” asked a startled Manassel, pointing towards the naked man strolling casually towards them. He then called to his partner’s son, Jim Halpain: “Do you know him? Jim, do you know this gentleman? I oughtta go out there and start a kicking contest.”

He told the police: “That’s right, ma’am buck naked. No shoes, no socks or anything.” Police say the man, a local 22-year-old, was high on drugs when he walked out of the woods. He was taken into custody and charged with public intoxication and indecent exposure.

Beer fest bans fake cocaine

Germany’s Oktoberfest has banned a plan for barmaids in low cut traditional dresses to sell fake cocaine at this year’s festival. Businessman Wolfgang Stanek says he invented ‘Wiesn Cocaine’ – or festival cocaine – specially for the Munich beer festival this month.

The sealed £5 sachets contain nothing stronger than sugar and menthol, which Stanek claims give a natural high when punters snort it through a supplied straw. He had planned to sell the concoction to festival goers using busty models dressed in traditional dirndl dresses with tightly laced corsets.

“We are anti-drugs. Our mixture just gives drunks a little shake to wake them up,” he claimed. But organisers want to ban the product, claiming it would distract from their beer and cause problems for stewards and police looking for real drug users. “We don’t want cocaine, nor do we want a sugar mixture which looks like cocaine. We just want guests to enjoy our beer nothing else,” said a spokesman.

Strip-tease tax dodge

A New York strip club is hoping to dodge a huge tax bill by claiming its lap dances are works of art. Nite Moves argues it’s so-called ‘couch sales’ are ‘live dramatic or musical arts performances’ equivalent to theatre or ballet.

Andrew McCullough, an attorney for the club, said: “If you saw what these dancers do, you’d be saying: “It’s not the Bolshoi, but it’s good”.” The strip club’s bid to be spared a £78,000 tax bill is being backed by a cultural anthropologist who has studied exotic dance and visited Nite Moves.

Arguments were heard at the city’s Court of Appeals this week and a decision on whether the club should be charged tax is due next month. “It’s definitely a form of art,” one dancer at Nite Moves told the AP news agency. “Some girls are up there practising for hours when nobody’s in here.”

But state solicitor Robert Goldfard argued: “If the women kept their clothes on, no one would be coming to this bar for the dance performances.” A ruling in favour of Nite Moves could spark a wave of tax claims from the estimated 200 adult nightclubs across the state.

Zombie runs for office

The world’s first zombie presidential candidate has seemingly joined the race for office in the US.

A Zombie and his wife Patty Morgan-Zombie visited Charlotte, the city hosting the Democratic National Convention, to “highlight the plight of the zombie community”.

The zombie couple are part of a stunt by American network AMC to get their TV series The Walking Dead on the Dish Network which dropped the show after a contract dispute.

“My husband is running for president, because he could have taken a certain issue lying down, well, because he was already lying down. But he decided to stand up and pledge to fight for equal viewing opportunities for all,” Morgan-Zombie said.

She added her husband was working tirelessly to improve the lives of his fellow zombies and get them more jobs. “He has vowed to increase the workforce for every zombie out there,” she said.

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