The comforting and offbeat titles of the week

From how you could get paid $1,000 to eat cheese before bed, to a girl’s request to the police to test Santa’s DNA on a cookie and carrots left out the night before Christmas and even a stolen tractor chase, there was no shortage of quirky and heartwarming stories this week.

1 – Get paid $1,000 to eat cheese before bed – in the name of science: A three-month experiment aims to see if there is any truth to the perception that eating cheese before bed will give you nightmares. Sleep Junkie, a mattress review site, advertises that it is hiring five “dairy dreamers” to eat a variety of cheeses before bed, then log their sleep and provide written feedback on sleep quality, energy levels energy and the nightmares they live.

Experts disagree on the validity of the idea that cheese can lead to bad dreams. In 2005, an investigation by the now defunct British Cheese Board determined that eating blue cheese caused “vivid” dreams.

Different kinds of cheeses and sausages from the Uckermark region are offered during the Berlin Cheese Days in the Arminius hall in Berlin, Germany, 28 February 2016. Until 06 March 2016 various events take place during eat it !’ gourmand

2 – Police DNA test Rhode Island girl’s cookie and carrots to prove Santa: Is Santa Claus real? Well, a girl is on a mission to find out.

Police in Cumberland, Rhode Island say they are testing DNA found on a cookie and carrots to prove Santa visited a girl’s house on Christmas Eve. According to police, a young investigator submitted a letter requesting DNA analysis on a partially eaten cookie and leftover carrots.

“Dear Cumberland Police Department,the letter begins, continuing, “I took a sample of a cookie and some carrots that I left for Santa and the reindeer on Christmas Eve and was wondering if you could take a sample of DNA and see if Santa is real?”

A young Cumberland investigator has submitted a letter asking for DNA analysis to be carried out on a partially eaten cookie and leftover carrots she acquired on Christmas Day. (Credit: Cumberland Police Department)

3 – Man leads police in pursuit of stolen tractor: A man in North Carolina chased the police in a stolen John Deere tractor, with parts of the incident going viral on social media.

Boone police say they received a call about the tractor being driven erratically through a parking lot, trying to hit pedestrians. The tractor, driven by Ronnie Hicks, collided with several vehicles, a dumpster, a church and even intentionally rammed a police cruiser before rolling off the road.

Authorities say Hicks jumped off the tractor brandishing a knife and was tasted by an officer and taken into custody.

4 – A boy who lost his father gets his wish to lead a police patrol on a toy bike: A boy in the UK who lost his father got to see a dream come true when he led a police patrol on his toy bike.

The little boy, Harry Farrell, lost his father, Craig, last May when he was four years old. He then received a miniature police bike for Christmas.

Harry “had his day”, Durham Police said when officers visited him to start the patrol.

The video showed Harry taking four officers on a special patrol down his street. “Meet future PC Harry!” said the police.

A bereaved boy has ‘made his day’ as he leads a police patrol on a toy bike. (Credit: Durham Roads & Armed Policing via Storyful)

5 – “Seinfeld”-themed Airbnb lets you spend a night at Jerry’s apartment: A Cincinnati couple are now renting an Airbnb themed after Jerry’s apartment in the iconic sitcom “Seinfeld.”

Guests can feel like they’re in Jerry’s apartment with things like a bike on the wall, a cabinet lined with cereal boxes, and a cutout of Kramer behind the front door (though no Newman to say “Hello” to. “).

There is also lighting in the apartment designed to resemble the appearance of the original television studio.

6 – British archaeologists are asking for the public’s help with a puzzling rock carving: Archaeologists in the UK are asking for the public’s help in solving a ‘puzzle’ after an unusual sculpture was discovered during one of their digs in 2022.

During a dig at Nesscliffe Hill last summer, Paul Reilly, an archaeological researcher and professor of archeology at the University of Oxford Gary Lock, spotted a cup-shaped sculpture with lines sticking out of it, appearing almost look like a person with horns coming out of their head. .

Scholars have dubbed the carving Nessglyph but are curious what the carving means or what it is supposed to be.

Nessglyph found at Nesscliffe Hill in the UK

7 – Mini-horse spotted in McDonald’s drive-thru car: A small horse was spotted waiting patiently in the backseat of a car at a McDonald’s drive-thru in Australia.

Donna Bevan said she stopped at McDonald’s to buy an ice cold Coke when she noticed what she first thought was a “huge white dog” in the other car.

She said she started placing her order, then looked at the car a second time and realized it was actually a horse, prompting her to film what she described as an “incredible spectacle”.

Credit: Donna Bevan via Storyful

8 – “Unusual” 650 pound fossil whale skull found in Maryland, estimated to be 12 million years old: A Pennsylvania family has discovered a 650-pound fossil whale skull in the Chesapeake Bay in southern Maryland.

Cody Goddard, his wife and their son were on Matoaka Beach in Calvert County when they saw a large block of hardened sediment laying on the beach. According to the Calvert Marine Museum, the sediment had an “unusual” fossil protruding from one end.

The discovery was made in October, but due to the size of the fossil, it took around two months for the fossil to be extracted.

The team discovers the fossil whale skull, preparing it to move. The skull is just below the tip of the pickaxe. The sediments behind the field crew are those at the base of the naturally eroding cliff. From left to right: Dr. Victor Perez, Jo

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