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Travel agent sends soft toys on holiday

A Japanese travel company is giving people the chance to send their cuddly toys on holiday.

Unagi Travel charges from £12 to £34 for the service, depending on the destination and the size of the toy. The company says the unusual offer particulary appeals to people who are unable to go on holiday themselves.

One woman customer told the Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper: “I want to see and walk around the sights that I viewed through my stuffed animal’s journeys someday.”

The 51-year-old lady had reportedly been unable to get out much due to an illness that made it difficult for her to walk.

According to reports, sending her stuffed animal on holiday encouraged the woman to get medical help and she was eventually able go out regularly again.

Scooter gran nicked after liquid lunch

The Daily Mirror reports that a gran has been fined £35 and given 10 penalty points after being found slumped over her mobility scooter – having drunk up to six vodkas at lunchtime in the pub.

Tina Morris, 54, claimed she had only stopped because her back was sore.

Police suspected she was drunk in charge of her 8mph scooter – like Madge’s in sitcom Benidorm. But Morris refused to take a breath test.

Morris said: “I wasn’t drunk. I had only had two or three double vodkas with my lunch.

“I was having a fag because my back was hurting.” Points don’t apply to disability scooters as they are not classed as mechanically propelled vehicles.

New underwear filters out smell of flatulence

If you’re the type of person who would kick someone out of bed for breaking wind, then this range of underwear could be for you.

The Shreddies pants contain Zorflex, used in chemical warfare suits, and its Loughborough-based makers claim they can filter odours 200 times stronger than the average ‘emission’.

The carbon material is apparently reactivated every time the pants are washed.

A spokesperson at Shreddies is quoted by NY Daily News as saying: ‘Although Shreddies has got cheeky with the new campaign, to many people they still remain very much a healthcare product and have helped so many cope with conditions such as IBS, Crohn’s and food intolerances. But the bottom line is that Shreddies are for everyone, after all, it’s something we all do.

‘Flatulence seriously affects millions of people every day and since 2008 Shreddies has been helping those affected increase their quality of life.

‘We have found the answer to help alleviate the most obvious symptom of flatulence… the odours.’

The man who wants to live life as a dog

A US man who wants to be a dog says he spends his days running around on all fours, eating food out of a bowl, and chasing cars.

Gary Matthews, 47, an unemployed IT technician in Pittsburgh, dons a shaggy dog costume each day to become his alter ego, Boomer.

He also sleeps inside a giant kennel which he keeps inside his more traditional human home, reports the Huffington Post.

Mr Matthews says it was the Disney comedy, The Shaggy DA, that first gave him the idea of living as a dog.

At first, he named himself after Pongo, from 101 Dalmatians, but changed his cannine name after becoming a fan of a TV show called Here’s Boomer at the age of 12. “I looked up to Here’s Boomer and picked up some of his personality and behaviours,” he said.

“When I bark, what you hear is the result of listening to my TV tapes and learning Boomer’s voice from the soundtrack.

“Things like that have combined with my personality to make me a better dog.”

Italian pizzerias suspected of firing ovens with coffin wood dug up from cemeteries

Some cooks like to fire their ovens with apple wood. Some prefer hickory. Others, apparently, like wood from previously buried caskets — it really helps that dead-people flavor set in.

Italian prosecutors suspect that pizza shops and restaurants in Naples are firing their ovens with with wood from dug-up coffins in order to cut down on costs. According to Italian newspaper Il Giornale, “a gang might have set up a market for coffins sold to hard-hearted owners of bakeries and pizzerias looking to save money on wood.”

The investigation is currently ongoing and prosecutors are still building their case, but if you’d like a taste of cannibalism without directly consuming human flesh, head over to Naples today!

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