Mothers are turning their babies' umbilical cords into jewellery.
New mums have decided to keep hold of the tough cable, which attaches the baby in the womb to its mother, cut off at birth in order to turn them into fashionable pieces and accessories.
The cords are weaved into the desired design - hearts are popular - while they're still 'fresh' and then baked to dry them out. Natalie Hoflin uploaded a photograph of a dried-out cord on to her Instagram account and accompanied it with the caption: "Umbilical cord keepsake. Even after being clamped & dehydrated there is no denying the life force magick still pulsating through it. It's so wild that the female form can create an entire brand spanking new organ, all for the growing lil' gumnut ... then expels it, as if it were never even there! Ah, body miracles (sic)".
Another social media user Lena Brown decided to put her daughter's umbilical cord into a picture frame. She said: "Never posted a picture of this, BUT this is my daughters umbilical cord shaped into a "O" with a wave inside.. Cause her name is Ozeana duhh, haha.. My midwife did this for me after I gave birth! I think it's so beautiful (sic)".
The smell of 'rotten fish' has been wafting through a city in Yorkshire. Residents of Hull - also known as Kingston upon Hull - have been complaining of a potent smell clogging up their noses after temperatures of 30 degrees hit the North East on Tuesday.
Angry people have been taking to their Twitter accounts to voice their frustrations as they've been forced to close their windows. Someone who goes by the handle Kev said: "It stinks of fish outside in #Hull for some reason tonight (sic)" Another called Rowan added: "Why has the smell of fish just drifted through my window @ hull (sic)" Other people have complained about the stench on their local paper.
Laura-Christina Calvert commented: "I got a slight whiff at about 9.30(ish) last night. It wasn't particularly strong, sort of like you had just cooked fish for tea and it had lingered." While Gemma Slater added: "Really fishy and burnt. I assumed it was the heat bringing out something from either the docks or Saltend." According to the Daily Mirror newspaper, it's believed a Victorian sewer system was to blame for the awful smell.
Bosses of Japanese firms have been holding 'odour etiquette' meetings to help combat smelly employees.
Employers have gone to extreme lengths to help wipe out the awful stench of body odour by forcing their staff to attend seminars, which will include master classes in how to apply deodorant regularly in a bid to stop them being bullied by fresh-smelling co-workers and putting off clients. Around 40 employees at the mobile phone company SoftBank took part in one of the seminars last month.
Yasuko Okabe, an employee who attended the seminar, told the Mainichi newspaper: "Body odour is a very sensitive subject, and it's not easy to tell employees to their face that they smell. But if we pass on the content of this seminar at our workplaces, problems with body odour may improve." The seminar also told employees not to apply too much perfume and to be cautious of wreaking of cigarettes.
A musician has created an album for cats.
David Teie - who is a scientist and cellist in the US National Symphony Orchestra - has put together a record called 'Music For Cats', made specifically for the fluffy felines, even though he's allergic to the creatures, because he believes they appreciate gentle sounds coming from speakers.
According to Sky News, he said: "Not all cats respond - one will go right over to the speaker and one will just walk out of the room. I like the idea that critical taste applies to cats too. But I've seen videos where cats nuzzle up to the speaker or even curl completely around it.
"Very excitable cats are completely calmed and formerly abused or feral cats tend to respond best". The album, which is played to cats in shelters to help them interact with humans, is set for release next month.