Careful preparation: In many countries, it is illegal to sell and cook a poisonous mushroom called the False Morel (Gyromitra esculenta). However, despite the dangers of consuming this mushroom, people in Finland love them. False morels contain a toxin that causes illness. But in Finland, there are strict rules regarding their preparation, and they are legal to sell. For example, cooks must take a series of steps, including rinsing, boiling, and draining, after which these steps must be repeated. All this must be done in a ventilated room to avoid inhalation of the fumes.
View from above: Sports fans in Poland came up with a novel way to watch their favourite event, despite the social distancing required during the COVID-19 pandemic. The sport was motorbike racing, and the location was the Stadion Zuzlowy in the town of Lubin. Only a few spectators were allowed into the stadium, so some fans decided to rent construction cranes to watch events. The fad started with three cranes at the first race of the season, but it was such a popular idea that by the third race, there were 21, each holding two to four fans.
Slithering pets: Choosing a pet is usually not difficult. People usually pick a poodle or a kitten, or even a parrot, as a new family member. However, a teenage girl from Purworejo, Central Java, Indonesia, keeps six pythons as pets. Chalwa Ismah Kamal has no fear of the big snakes as she plays and cuddles with them. She even bathes them. Her younger brother likes them, too. The 14-year-old received attention for her strange pets after she posted some videos on social media, where thousands of people have viewed them. Some viewers express concern, but she explains there is nothing to fear because her pets are tame.
Rare road: In Osaka, Japan, a 16-storey building has a unique feature a highway off-ramp runs right through it. The Gate Tower Building and its highway ramp were completed in the early 1990s. The employees working in the building don't have to worry about excess traffic noise because noise-proof walls and floors were used in the construction. Plus, the off-ramp doesn't actually touch the building. Visitors to the building will notice that the elevator doesn't stop at floors five, six, or seven because these floors provide the space for the road.