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  • 'No religion' is now Australia's leading religion

    'No religion' is now Australia's leading religion

    Almost one in every three Australians described themselves as having 'no religion' in the country's most recent census, making the group larger than any single religious grouping in the country.  The 30.1 per cent of Australians who ticked the 'no...

  • Airport security has claws for concern

    Airport security has claws for concern

    Airport security staff were forced into a pincer movement when a large live lobster was spotted in a passenger's luggage in Boston. The lobster, found on Sunday in the checked luggage at Logan International Airport's Terminal C was said by...

  • Turkey set to scrap teaching of Darwin's evolutionary theory in high schools

    Turkey set to scrap teaching of Darwin's evolutionary theory in high schools

    A new draft of Turkey's national curriculum excludes Charles Darwin's theory of evolution from textbooks, with an official saying high school students are ill-equipped to understand the "controversial" theory.  President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has...

  • Father finds out son is still alive after misidentified body is buried

    Father finds out son is still alive after misidentified body is buried

    A father found out his son was still alive after a body misidentified by officials was buried. Frank J. Kerrigan, of California, got a call 11 days after the funeral service held for the person he believed was his son. "Your son is alive," said...

  • Instagram fitness model killed in whipped cream accident

    Instagram fitness model killed in whipped cream accident

    An Instagram model and fitness blogger has been killed in a freak kitchen accident involving an exploding whipped cream canister.  Rebecca Burger, 33, had more than 150,000 followers on Instagram, where she posted various food, fashion and fitness...

  • Watch: Two wheels beat four in California road rage incident

    Watch: Two wheels beat four in California road rage incident

    In a battle between a motorcycle and a car, few would pick the former as a winner.  But dashcam footage of a road rage incident in California shows that when it comes to hotheads driving at speed, size need not matter.  Footage of the high-speed...

  • Man sets record with lawnmower on his chin

    Man sets record with lawnmower on his chin

    Pushing a running electric lawnmower for 71 meters (233 ft) is not a difficult thing to do, but try doing that distance not pushing it, but balancing it on your chin. New Yorker Ashrita Furman broke, by more than 50 meters, his existing Guinness...

  • Peruvian woman provides home for 70 stray dogs

    Peruvian woman provides home for 70 stray dogs

    A woman who rescued a dog after it was run over by a car in 2007 is now caring for 70 strays in a makeshift shelter at her home in a poor part of Peru's capital. All the dogs being cared for by Sara Moran come from the large population of...

  • You say 'climate change', I say 'global warming'

    You say 'climate change', I say 'global warming'

    When it comes to climate speak, labels seem to matter: the American public – particularly Republicans – are more likely to say they doubt the existence of "global warming" than "climate change", according to researchers at Cornell University. In a...

  • Watch: Elephants rush to rescue drowning calf

    Watch: Elephants rush to rescue drowning calf

    Amazing video footage has shown two adult elephants rushing to rescue a drowning calf at a zoo in Seoul. The calf had been standing at the side of a large pool in Grand Park Zoo when it slipped and fell into the water.  The pair of adult elephants...

  • EU sure about that hat, your majesty?

    EU sure about that hat, your majesty?

    Coincidence or a subliminal message? Britain's Queen Elizabeth stirred up social media when she opened parliament in a hat looking very much like a European Union flag. Delivering a formal speech in which Prime Minister Theresa May's government...

  • Geeky traits 'more common in sons of older fathers'

    Geeky traits 'more common in sons of older fathers'

    Sons of older fathers are more likely to display "geeky" traits such as high intelligence, obsessional interests, and not caring if they fit in, new research has shown. Scientists came to the conclusion after studying the behaviour of 15,000 twin...

  • Glastonbury festival displays to be powered by urine

    Glastonbury festival displays to be powered by urine

    Scientists working alongside Glastonbury festival organisers have come up with a novel way of harnessing the power of urine.  Urine from a 40-person urinal at the festival will be used to power large electronic displays, showcasing Pee Power...

  • Thieves steal GPS devices, get tracked down within hours

    Thieves steal GPS devices, get tracked down within hours

    Thieves who stole more than 100 GPS tracking devices from a Silicon Valley firm were apprehended within hours after police tracked them down using the devices themselves.  California police caught the criminals using software on the Roambee...

  • Genetically modified pink pineapples may soon be sold

    Genetically modified pink pineapples may soon be sold

    After 12 years of anticipation, the already naturally bright fruit will take on a new touch of colour, according to Mental Floss. It is reported that the altered fruit will have rosy flesh and a sweeter taste than its untouched counterpart.

  • Uganda runs out of passports

    Uganda runs out of passports

    Uganda's Home Affairs Ministry has run out of blank passports it can issue, with applicants being turned away except for cases involving medical emergencies.  An official ministry statement blamed the shortage on the country's imminent switch to...

  • Court says lobsters must not catch cold before cooking

    Court says lobsters must not catch cold before cooking

    Italy's highest court ruled on Friday that lobsters must not be kept on ice in restaurant kitchens because it causes them unjustifiable suffering before they head for death by fine dining. Judges accepted a complaint by an animal rights group...

  • Daredevil hangs by her teeth from helicopter over Niagara Falls

    Daredevil hangs by her teeth from helicopter over Niagara Falls

    Acrobat Erendira Wallenda, the wife of daredevil Nik Wallenda, has successfully hung by her teeth from a helicopter and broke the world record for the highest suspension over Niagara Falls yesterday. The stunt came five years to the day after her...

  • Proud mother cuts 12ft hedge into shape of son's face

    Proud mother cuts 12ft hedge into shape of son's face

    A mother in Birmingham, UK has chosen to express how proud she is of her son by modelling a garden hedge in the shape of his face, according to The Mirror. Formerly an art student, Michelle Foley is now showing her creative side through her love...

  • Desperate couple offer €57,000 salary for live-in nanny at 'haunted house'

    Desperate couple offer €57,000 salary for live-in nanny at 'haunted house'

    A couple are offering £50,000 (€57,000) a year for a nanny - but the successful candidate must be prepared to face potential "supernatural incidents". The couple, who live in the Scottish Borders, have had five nannies in the past year who blamed...

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