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6 unexpected things that happened this week

Romanian royalty, condom-shaped ice-creams and more.

From princesses behaving badly to contraceptive ice-creams, we recap the week’s weirdest news. 

A man in Virginia claimed a kingdom in Africa, so his daughter could be a princess. Jeremiah Heaton trekked to Bir Tawil, a mountainous region between Egypt and Sudan that has been claimed by neither country due to land disputes. He planted a flag there designed by his children, so he could become king and, most importantly, his 7-year-old daughter could be a princess. Asked for comment, the princess replied: “It’s cool.” [Bristol Herald-Courier]

Speaking of princesses, a Romanian princess has pleaded guilty to running a cockfighting ring in Oregon. Irina Walker, 61, is the daughter of Michael I, the former king of Romania. She admitted to staging ten cockfighting derbies in which roosters had knives attached to their legs and fought to the death. Very chill! She will be sentenced in October. [USA Today]

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Condom-shaped ice-creams are all the rage with youngsters in China now, apparently. Photographer Jiang Zhenming snapped the condom-shaped ice-cream and said, “The design is low-taste and should never be on the market, especially to pupils.” He subsequently contacted the manufacturer who told him that he was just thinking too much. Don’t overthink it, man. [Rex]

A court has ruled that a restaurant owner must share his £1 million lotto jackpot with his psychic waiter. When waiter Faith Ozcan had a dream that he won Euromillions with his boss, he estered him into buying a ticket for them. After they won, Hayati Kucukkoylu claimed to have paid for the ticket himself and refused to share the winnings. Though the judge described Ozcan as an “admited liar,”  he awarded in his favour and ordered Kucukkoylu to pay him £500,000.  [Daily Express]

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The NSA is laughing at your naked selfies, according to Edward Snowden. In an interview with The Guardian, Snowden revealed that NSA employees pass around, shall we say, intimate photos that are intercepted. “For example, an intimate nude photo of someone in a sexually compromising position. But they’re extremely attractive. So what do they do? They turn around in their chair and show their co-worker.” NIGHTMARE. [Ars Technica]

A Greek lawyer is suing a store after the dress she purchased from there failed to elicit compliments. The Trikala-based lawyer spent €500 on the dress and took action after she was allegedly told it wasn’t sexy enough. She was reportedly given the opportunity to return the dress, but decided to go down the easier route of just suing them. YOLO. [Enikos]

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