From why we follow our noses to trying to match Putin’s pecs. Your weekly round-up of alternative stories from around the world.
– Let him see what we have –
World leaders are supposed to go above and beyond, but the G7 leaders couldn’t resist Vladimir Putin’s penchant for topless at summits in Germany.
When asked if they wanted to take off their jackets for a photoshoot, Britain’s Boris Johnson declared: “We have to prove we are stronger than Putin.”
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau quipped: “We’re going to get topless horseback riding shows.”
“We’ve got to show them our pecs,” Johnson interjected, upping the ante before someone wisely kicked the leader out of the room.
Putin dismissed the barbs with typical disdain: “I don’t know if they wanted to strip down to the waist or even lower, but it would be a disgusting sight anyway.”
– Attack on Moscow –
Kyiv has declared “Victory in the Borsh War” after UNESCO placed Ukraine’s beetroot soup on its list of cultural heritage in danger. Needless to say, things are not going well in Moscow.
Several countries, including Poland, claimed the soup was theirs, and Moscow immediately accused Kyiv of misappropriation.
“Borshi has no nationality! It’s like bread, potatoes and cabbage,” one angry Moscow pensioner told AFP.
“This is xenophobia,” said Maria Zakharova, a spokeswoman for Russia’s foreign ministry, apparently worried that Chicken Kiev could soon become Chicken Kyiv.
But in the time-honored cape-and-dagger fashion, Moscow may have completed its own culinary coup. Of course, Russian salad didn’t appear on the menu at the NATO summit in Madrid by accident. touch!
– The Nose of Friendship –
Mind you, diplomats try to settle thorny international disputes over things like soup. Try smelling each other’s armpits.
People with similar body odors are more likely to hit it off, new research suggests, seemingly proving that “good chemistry” does help develop friendships.
Using a rigorous set of laboratory and human sniffing tests, Israeli scientists have shown that we are more like dogs — they “constantly sniff themselves and each other…to decide who is friend or foe” — more than we thought.
What’s more, the closer people smell, the more they like and understand each other.
– Not so fast, Elon –
Bad news for Elon Musk’s plans to colonize Mars. Scientists have warned that even if they get there, astronauts will lose bone mass from years of weightlessness, making it difficult for them to walk on the red planet.
– Oh Joe… –
US President Joe Biden briefly sounded the alarm in Moscow when he announced that neutral Switzerland was about to join NATO.
Realizing his mistake, Biden — no stranger to verbal gaffes — was quick to say: “Switzerland, my God.
“I’m very anxious about expanding NATO here,” he joked, before adding “Sweden” for the record.