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From why we follow our nose to trying to match Putin’s pecs. Your weekly roundup of offbeat stories from around the world.

– Show him what we have –

World leaders are supposed to rise above it all, but G7 heads couldn’t help but crack a bang at Vladimir Putin’s penchant for shirtless He-Man photo shoots at their summit in Germany.

When asked if they wanted to take off their jackets for a group photo, Britain’s Boris Johnson said: “We have to show that we are tougher than Putin.”

“We’re going to show shirtless riding,” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau quipped.

“We’ve got to show them our pecs,” Johnson interjected, raising the stakes before anyone reasonably shoved the leaders out of the room.

With typical contempt, Putin dismissed the barbs: “I don’t know if they wanted to undress to their waist or lower, but it would have been a disgusting sight anyway.”

– shake up Moscow –

Kyiv has declared “victory in the borscht war” after UNESCO placed Ukraine’s beetroot soup on its list of endangered cultural heritage. Of course, it didn’t go down well in Moscow.

Several countries, including Poland, claim the soup, and Moscow immediately accused Kyiv of appropriation.

“Borschtsch has no nationality! Just like bread, potatoes and cabbage,” an outraged Moscow pensioner told the AFP news agency.

“This is xenophobia,” said Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova, apparently worrying that Chicken Kiev could soon become Chicken Kyiv.

But in the old fashioned cloak and dagger manner, Moscow may have landed its own culinary coup. It is no coincidence that Russian salad ended up on the menu at the NATO summit in Madrid. touch!

– nose for friendship –

Please note that diplomats try to solve tricky international disputes over soup and the like. Try sniffing each other’s armpits.

New research suggests people with similar body odors are more likely to get along, which seems to prove that “good chemistry” really does help develop friendships.

Israeli scientists used a rigorous series of laboratory and sniff tests to show that we are more like dogs – who “constantly sniff ourselves and each other to… decide who is friend or foe” – than we would like to believe.

Moreover, the closer people smelled, the more they reported liking and understanding each other.

– Not so fast, Elon –

Bad news for Elon Musk’s plans to colonize Mars. Scientists warn that even when the astronauts get there, years of weightlessness could reduce their bone mass so much that they would have trouble walking on the Red Planet.

– Oh Joe… –

US President Joe Biden briefly set off the alarm bells in Moscow when he announced that neutral Switzerland would join NATO.

Biden, no stranger to verbal gaffes, realized his mistake and was quick to say, “Switzerland, my goodness.

“I’m getting really concerned about NATO expansion here,” he joked, before adding “Sweden” for the record.

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