Highlights of the week of March 4-10

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Фото: Lisa Yount, Unsplash

Фото: Lisa Yount, Unsplash

The world seems to be quiet, celebrating International Women's Day, so there are not many really unusual news. Nevertheless, we have selected for you what we think are the most interesting examples.

Tourists made a hole in Juliette's monument

Juliet's House in Verona is one of the most popular tourist sites not only in the city, but in all of Italy. There is also a bronze statue of Shakespeare's heroine. It is believed that touching the statue brings good luck in love.

Not surprisingly, there are lines of eager tourists around the statue. And as it happens, a simple touch is often not enough, and particularly eager visitors have polished the metal on Juliet's chest so much that a hole has appeared.

Experts are now examining the monument and cannot yet give a definite answer as to whether it will be possible to repair the long-suffering statue. It should be noted that this statue of Juliet is a copy. The original statue is in the courtyard of the house. It was hidden there about 10 years ago because of the same problem — tourists rubbing too hard on the not very durable metal.

The pilot delivered the baby on board

Jakarin Sararnrakskul was commanding a flight from Taipei to Bangkok when flight attendants alerted him to an emergency. A passenger had gone into labor and was being taken to the lavatory. The veteran pilot, who has been in the skies for 18 years, was unperturbed and delivered the baby, posting a photo with the newborn on Instagram. The baby was immediately jokingly described as "Sky Baby."

According to a 2020 study, in-flight births are not the most common occurrence. Between 1929, when passenger flights became the norm, and 2018, only 74 babies were born on commercial flights. Of those, 71 were healthy and survived.

In general, flying is safe for pregnant women, but the change in pressure can stimulate some processes in the body, so it is better to consult an obstetrician and an attending physician. Researchers note that the likelihood of an air birth increases after 37 weeks of pregnancy, or after 32 weeks if a woman is expecting twins or more children.

There is precedent for some airlines refusing to carry pregnant women or requiring the obstetrician or physician to confirm the expected date of delivery and guarantee that cabin overload will not cause complications.

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