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A Pokemon Go player in Palm Springs, California. Photo: Reuters

Four of the most outlandish stories about playing Pokemon Go ... so far

From the Pokemon trainers charging US$25 an hour to catch Pokemon, to the girlfriend suspicious about her beau snaring one at his ex’s place, to the player who found a body, these are some of the weirdest Pokemon Go happenings

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Catching cheating boyfriends, stumbling across dead bodies and advertising one’s services as a professional Pokemon Go trainer – less than a week since the launch of the virtual-meets-real-world app Pokemon Go and the stories it has sparked are kookier than the names of the critters its fans are trying to catch.

Evan Scribner, a resident of Queens, New York, told the New York Post that his girlfriend spotted his infidelities after accessing his Pokemon Go app and noticing that he’d caught a Pokemon in the exact location of his ex-girlfriend’s house in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

“She saw that I had caught a Pokemon while at my ex’s house,” Scribner said. “She found out last night at my house and hasn’t contacted me since then.”

No time to spend your summer days walking the streets in search of Pokestops when you also have a real job? No problem. Craigslist ads are now popping up for Pokemon trainers, with prices in New York ranging from US$20-US$30 per hour.

Arthur, a 26-year-old lifelong Pokemon fan, is offering his services for US$25 per hour:

I can focus on catching a specific species of Pokemon to evolve for you. I can focus on training up your Pokemon to get your local gyms on lockdown. I can focus on catching Pokemon of a specific type. And of course, I will gladly walk out of my way to find new Pokemon to add to your Pokedex.

If you’re too busy to capture Pokemon yourself, you can pay someone to do it for you. Photo: Antony Dickson

Journalist and Pokemon fan Ivy St Ive also offered her services for US$20 an hour:

I will walk around in 1-4 hour shifts signed in to your account capturing every single Pokemon I come into contact with, activating every Poke Stop I pass and walking nonstop to help hatch your eggs. I’ll even send you hourly updates while you’re at work/class/on a hot date informing you of any really exciting things I’ve come across for you.

The harbingers of published grammar, AP Stylebook, have announced the rules for writing about Pokémon Go. The official website of Pokemon Go spells the app’s name with an accent but AP Stylebook has decreed the accent over the “e” must disappear. It also deemed the term “Pokestop” OK (hence why we felt safe using it earlier).

Just to put this in perspective, AP Stylebook only permitted from 1 June of this year that internet could be written without a capital “i”.

A 19-year-old girl in the US state of Wyoming stumbled across a dead body in a river while playing Pokemon Go over the weekend.

“I was trying to get a Pokemon from a natural water resource,” said Shayla Wiggins . “I was walking towards the bridge along the shore when I saw something in the water ... I had to take a second look and I realised it was a body,” she added.

Even if people aren’t stumbling across dead bodies, they are finding plenty of Pokemon in completely inappropriate places, such as coffins at funerals or next to their wife in hospital giving birth.