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Vatican city’s St. Peter’s Square gets 720-ton sand nativity scene

VATICAN CITY: The traditional nativity scene in St. Peter’s Square won’t be so traditional this year. For the first time, it is made of sand - 720 tons of it. For the past two weeks, Rich Varano, a professional sand artist, has been guiding three sculptors from the Netherlands, Russia and the Czech Republic, to craft the work, which measures about 5.5 meters high by 16 meters wide (18 feet high by 52 feet wide). Varano, 60, the artistic director of the massive work, doesn’t mind if you call him “Mr Sandman”. Sand is…

WATCH: 78-year-old woman eats two kilos of sand everyday and feels ‘healthy’

UTTAR PRADESH: A 78-year-old woman has a very bizarre secret to her good health –  she eats two kilos of sand and gravel every day for six decades and feels healthy. Kusma Vati, from Varanasi, India, spends hours shovelling sand into her mouth every day, and likes to chew on the walls of her own house. Kusma said: ‘I have been eating sand and gravel for around 63 years now, I love eating them and I don’t think they have any harmful effects. ‘I haven’t suffered any problems in my stomach and mouth and my teeth…