This Afternoon's Odd News 7/9/18

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It's so hot that it's gotten up over 90 degrees in SIBERIA . . . which is almost double the normal temperature at this time of year. It's so hot that roads are melting in England. And it's so hot that fields in the country Wales are drying up . . . and revealing evidence of ancient civilizations underneath them. (Washington Post / Independent / Bloomberg / BBC / Reddit)

Here are the elements of a PERFECT NAP, according to a new survey: It's after a meal or exercising . . . in a dark, cool room . . . with a blanket and one pillow . . . with a pet . . . and it lasts longer than 20 minutes. (Daily Mail)

A new study found wearing your tie too tight reduces blood flow to your brain by 8%, which can make it harder to focus . . . and effectively make you dumber. In extreme cases, it could even cause a stroke. (NewScientist /

 A guy in Ontario, Canada put a six-year-old McDonald's cheeseburger and fries on eBay last week . . . and from the pictures, the food didn't look like it had aged that much. The auction got up over $110 when eBay shut it down. (CBC)

A new study found people with expensive sports cars, like Corvettes and Porsche 911s, barely drive them. They drive less than 5,000 miles a year, which is around 60% below average for all cars. (Jalopnik(Here are charts with the 10 most and least driven vehicles.)

There's a new prank that's spreading around the Internet right now. If you scratch a message into a banana peel, a few hours later, the letters turn brown . . . so the person who buys the banana will think they got a message from a ghost. (Mashable

There's a terrorist organization in Somalia that's affiliated with Al Qaeda, and they just announced they aren't going to use plastic bags anymore . . . because they're, quote, "a serious threat to the wellbeing of humans and animals." (The Independent)

The police in North Dakota just caught a guy who egged more than 20 cars and a school last month. And the name of the guy behind the eggings was . . . Benedict. He's facing felony criminal mischief charges. (Bismarck Tribune)

A 63-year-old gas station worker got sucker-punched by a customer earlier this month. And it might have saved his LIFE, because he got CT scan, and doctors found a BRAIN TUMOR. But because they found it early, he should be fine. (Miami Herald)


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