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Five things you might have missed last week

1. May the force . . .

Two Jedi Knights are campaigning for their religion to be recognised. Umada and Yunyun (aka John Wilkinson and Charlotte Law from London) claim "we have a proud heritage dating back 195,000 years to our first Jedi, blue-haired Kaja Sinis, born on Coruscant."

2. The name's rather long

A James Bond fanatic has changed his name to incorporate all 21 Bond films. David Fearn, 23, from Staffordshire is now officially known as "James Dr No From Russia With Love Goldfinger Thunderball You Only Live .[you get the idea] Bond", the longest name in deed poll history.

3. A beautiful death

German pathologist Gunther von Hagens has converted a disused factory in Germany into a "beauty salon for the dead". Von Hagens, star of Channel 4's Autopsy: life and death, uses resin to "beautify" and preserve human bodies.

4. Sleeping like a log

A 35-foot beech tree crashing through his house in Devon was not enough to wake Oscar Henrique. "I did hear a noise but I went back to sleep. The next thing I knew the police were ringing and I saw a giant tree on my house."

5. The truth about cats and dogs

A Brazilian cat owner, Cassia Aparecida de Souza, claims her cat has given birth to a litter of puppies after mating with the neighbour's dog. A geneticist is investigating.

This article first appeared in the 27 November 2006 issue of the New Statesman, The real Afghan war