Marie Winckler

Marie Winckler works as a journalist and media assistant for Evgeny Lebedev. A Belgian emigre of French heritage, she attended the Sorbonne before writing for the Guardian and the Evening Standard. She is a keen football fan, and spends much of her day trawling the internet, searching for the world's most outlandish new stories.

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Jermaine Jackson arrives at Michael Jackson's funeral service

This week's wackiest web stories: The Jackson One, 50 shades of brown and the $60 hug

Ashes to ashes, bust to bust; dead men elected to office and the woman who failed her driving test for the 105th time

This week's wackiest web stories: Toddler taxi, Rihanna needs a thesaurus and why, Weiwei?

Meet the headless ladybird, the stinkiest toilet in the world and the feline with a taste for archaeology

This week's wackiest web stories: Islamic swingers parties, mullet-ban and attack of the mutant rats!

Count Dracula's most useful beauty tip; when the cats away the mice will sing, and Damian Hirst, butterfly killer

Today's wackiest web stories: Turns out the afterlife does exist, after all. Who knew?

Dude, wo ist mein car?; a mum goes on strike; why Romney is completely wrong; swimming with tigers and the only way to travel

Today's wacky web stories: Elevator anxiety, the Sarah Palin diet and John Lennon's letters

The Sarah Palin diet, the kidnap that wasn't, a motor-tricycle hearse, the John Lennon letters and why do we behave so oddly in lifts?

Today's wacky web stories: Virtual genocide, Jay-Z rides the subway and the real Halloween horror!

Virtual genocide, outer-space real estate, Jay-Z rides the subway, the real Worzel Gummidge, how an FBI fugitive shook hands with the President.

Today's wacky stories from the web: Hollywood sign face-lift, plane crash test and barmy bees

Hollywood sign face-lift, post election exodus, high court high, cooking on the eternal flame and one seriously rad dad

Today's wacky stories from the web: gangster guns, cryogenics and Amityville horror house for sale

A wikipedia for hip hop, Italy's most tyre-rannical politician, frost-bitten penis, snake bite vs. morphine and the brand new Taj Mahal

Today's wacky stories from the web: Internet addiction, not-all-you-can-eat and the manatee rider

The strangest stories to hit the web today.

Winckler's Wacky World: A gang of Gandhis

A clock that will outlive the Universe, pig eats man, fool's gold, journey to the centre of the earth, Mad Men booze-a-thon and more bin juice

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Syria civil war: Meet the military commander who says his soldiers will not rest until every inch of their war torn country is free of Islamist 'terrorists'

‘We won’t stop until Syria is back to normal’

Near the front lines with Islamist-controlled towns where Assad’s troops were besieged just last month, Robert Fisk meets a commander confidently preparing his soldiers for battle
The inside story of how Bill Clinton built a $2bn global foundation may undermine Hillary's chances

The inside story of how Bill Clinton built a $2bn global foundation...

... and how it may undermine Hillary's chances in 2016
12 best olive oils

Extra-virgin, cold-press, early-harvest, ultra-premium: 12 best olive oils

Choosing an olive oil is a surprising minefield. Save yourself the hassle with our handy guide
Sepp Blatter resignation: The beginning of Fifa's long road to reform?

Does Blatter's departure mean Fifa will automatically clean up its act?

Don't bet on it, says Tom Peck
Charles Kennedy: The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

Charles Kennedy was consistently a man of the centre-left, dedicated to social justice, but was also a champion of liberty and an opponent of the nanny-state, says Baroness Williams
Syria civil war: The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of this endless conflict

The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of Syria's endless civil war

Sahar Qanbar lost her mother and brother as civilians and government soldiers fought side by side after being surrounded by brutal Islamist fighters. Robert Fisk visited her
The future of songwriting: How streaming is changing everything we know about making music

The future of songwriting

How streaming is changing everything we know about making music
William Shemin and Henry Johnson: Jewish and black soldiers receive World War I Medal of Honor amid claims of discrimination

Recognition at long last

Jewish and black soldiers who fought in WWI finally receive medals after claims of discrimination
Beating obesity: The new pacemaker which helps over-eaters

Beating obesity

The new pacemaker which helps over-eaters
9 best women's festival waterproofs

Ready for rain: 9 best women's festival waterproofs

These are the macs to keep your denim dry and your hair frizz-free(ish)
Cycling World Hour Record: Nervous Sir Bradley Wiggins ready for pain as he prepares to go distance

Wiggins worried

Nervous Sir Bradley ready for pain as he prepares to attempt cycling's World Hour Record
Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Reds baulk at Christian Benteke £32.5m release clause
On your feet! Spending at least two hours a day standing reduces the risk of heart attacks, cancer and diabetes, according to new research

On your feet!

Spending half the day standing 'reduces risk of heart attacks and cancer'
With scores of surgeries closing, what hope is there for the David Cameron's promise of 5,000 more GPs and a 24/7 NHS?

The big NHS question

Why are there so few new GPs when so many want to study medicine?
Big knickers are back: Thongs ain't what they used to be

Thongs ain't what they used to be

Big knickers are back