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Chas Newkey-Burden

New York unveils ‘badass rat czar’

And other stories from the stranger side of life

New York city has named its first-ever “rat czar”, reported UPI. New York City Mayor Eric Adams unveiled former school teacher Kathleen Corradi as the city’s first director of rodent mitigation, or “rat czar” yesterday. “Kathy has the knowledge, drive, experience and energy to send rats packing and create a cleaner more welcoming city for all New Yorkers,” said Adams. The job ad for the position had called for a candidate with a “swashbuckling attitude” and “general aura of badassery”.

Tourist snaps ‘Loch Ness Monster’

A tourist said he has proof the Loch Ness Monster exists after he took photos showing “a long neck”. John Payne, a retail worker from Newport, Wales, said: “I was looking out at the scenery from the window and this huge thing just appeared out of nowhere.” The alleged sighting came after a regular Nessie hunter said he caught “exhilarating” proof of the legendary creature last month, said The Mirror.

Arnie’s ‘pothole’ was a ‘service trench’

A “giant pothole” filled in by Arnold Schwarzenegger was actually a “service trench” being used for “permitted work” by a gas company, said Los Angeles police. After the Hollywood actor posted a video of himself filling the hole which he said had been “screwing up cars and bicycles for weeks” in the Brentwood neighbourhood in Los Angeles, a police spokesperson told NBC: “This is not a pothole.”

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