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The Daily Fix: Friday

In tonight’s Fix: Fears over superstore plans; the mystery of the space ball; and how Christmas movies might have been.

But which is the real Santa? 1,000 volunteers donned costumes to deliver gifts to the poor in South Korea
But which is the real Santa? 1,000 volunteers donned costumes to deliver gifts to the poor in South Korea
Image: Lee Jin-man/AP/Press Association Images

EVERY EVENING, brings you a roundup of the day’s main stories – plus any bits and pieces you may have missed.

James McClean, 33, will be staying at the Occupy Dame Street protest even on Christmas Day. (Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland)

  • Mystery surrounds the discovery of a 14-inch metallic ball that appeared in Namibia last month – having apparently fallen from space. Its origin is unknown.
  • More than 16,000 people have signed a petition calling for former UK prime minister Margaret Thatcher’s state funeral to be privatised when she dies.
  • Google will pay almost $300million a year for the next three years, just for the privilege of being the default search engine on Mozilla’s Firefox web browser.
  • Are you already wondering how you will dispose of your Christmas tree? We may have the answer: Ireland’s first Christmas Tree Throwing Championship.
  • Scientists have concluded that elephants actually have six toes – having got the number wrong for years.
  • These Russian motorists had an incredibly close call when a truck jackknifed on an icy road. Watch the video here.
  • We’ve been continuing our series of the 12 Burning Questions of Christmas. Today: Do you take part in a religious service, or not?
  • Are you dreading a weekend of Christmas films? If so, we may have a little something for you. YouTube users DogFoodFilms have recut Arnie’s festive classic Jingle All the Way into something a little more, well, angry. (Warning: Contains violence).

Video: Dogfood Films

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