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  • It's getting more difficult to be beautiful in Venezuela

    It's getting more difficult to be beautiful in Venezuela

    It getting more difficult to be beautiful in Venezuela. It's no laughing matter, as many scramble to find beauty supplies amid shortages. "For the person who sits down here magic must be performed. If there is no hair wax, one must use gel, and...

  • Monkey business

    Monkey business

      A US woman is bringing the soothing sounds of the harp to the gorillas, orangutans and monkeys at a zoo. Terri Tacheny, a therapeutic harpist, had always enjoyed visiting Como Zoo in St Paul, Minnesota, with her young daughters - except for the...

  • Eau de revolution

    Eau de revolution

    Cuba's biggest producer of natural products has come up with something for the discerning supporter of international socialism who wants something more than just the famous Che Guevara T-shirt - a line of colognes. A woodsy and refreshing citrus...

  • Spud fun

    Spud fun

    A US man jokingly sought $10 from a crowdfunding website to pay for his first attempt at making potato salad - and ended up raising $55,000. Zack Brown, from Ohio, went on Kickstarter to buy potato salad ingredients, and his effort took on a life...

  • Rare medal

    A London 2012 Olympics gold medal which has been anonymously handed to the organisers of a charity auction to be held in Norfolk may have been one of around 200 made as spares. It was given to auctioneer David James, who is also chairman of the...

  • Emma web threat thought to be hoax

    A threat to actress Emma Watson on a website thought to have been set up by internet trolls behind the nude celebrity photo leak appears to have been revealed as a hoax, according to reports. Earlier this week a web page entitled Emma You Are...

  • Firefighters Kermit to frog rescue

    Firefighters doused the flames at a North Texas house - and made sure its lone resident didn't croak. The Fort Worth crew, sent to a blaze in Westworth Village, searched the house and found no humans while bringing the blaze under control. Then...

  • Rank taxi

    Police have busted a phony VIP taxi service in Greece that was using the bank accounts of homeless people to collect deposits from cab drivers. Police spokesman Christos Parthenis said seven people have been arrested, accused of taking more than...

  • Self-policing

    Police say a man who thought he was breaking into a Vermont school actually got into the local police station. WFFF-TV reports the man, identified as 59-year-old John Dettor of Washington, DC, told police he wanted a warm place to stay. Police say...

  • Ukulele orchestra frets over rival

    A British ukulele orchestra has lost a High Court duel with a German rival which uses an English name. The Ukulele Orchestra Of Great Britain today failed to persuade a judge that its reputation could be unfairly tarnished by the appearance of the...

  • Missing Banksy displayed at school

    Missing Banksy displayed at school

    A Banksy artwork which disappeared from a building wall has been exhibited in a school in Somerset - after being hidden under a bed for four years. Leopard and Barcode, one of the artist's celebrated early stencil works, had been situated on the...

  • 'Doughnut' damage

    A Pennsylvania man caused more than $14,000 of damage to several other vehicles when he took a dare to do a "doughnut" with his pick-up truck in a bar car park. Brett Whitmire's truck kicked up damaging stones as it spun in a tight circle in the...

  • Lime leak

    A mysterious liquid leaking on a cargo jet sent emergency crews rushing to an island airport in Alaska, but it turns out a barman with a towel could have handled the problem. The leak on the Alaska Airlines plane was traced to a container of lime...

  • Free food

    A generous customer paid $1,000 to pick up the tab for diners in dozens of vehicles at the drive-through lanes of a Texas fast food restaurant. The man was in a white truck at a Chick-fil-A in Abilene when he handed over the cash. He told...

  • Game brings British Museum online

    An online version of the British Museum in central London will be built using the popular game Minecraft after the institution appealed for volunteers to help create it. The idea is part of its Museum Of The Future project and staff have gone...

  • China increasingly producing "tools of torture" for export

    China increasingly producing "tools of torture" for export

    Amnesty International says dozens of Chinese firms are producing and exporting "tools of torture" to countries with bad human rights records. More than 130 companies are involved in producing or trading the equipment, typically marketed to law...

  • Hundreds of Batmen secure world record

    Hundreds of Batmen secure world record

    A group of 542 people dressed as Batman set a Guinness World Record in Alberta, Canada. Employees of oil and gas company "Nexen" made it happen. The costumes passed inspections by a Guinness World Records staffer, who then witnessed them standing...

  • Hair-raising crash

    A car full of teenagers crashed in Idaho after authorities say one of the passengers lit the driver's armpit hair on fire with a lighter. All five young people in the Ford Bronco were hurt in the crash and had to receive medical treatment, the...

  • Banana raid

    Police in Philadelphia say a man used a banana he swiped from a convenience store counter to simulate a gun while he robbed the place. Police posted surveillance video of the hold-up reported in the East Parkside neighbourhood. The footage shows a...

  • Jaguar XKE stolen in NY in 1968 recovered en route to Netherlands

    US authorities have recovered a Jaguar XKE stolen 46 years ago outside a New York City apartment after finding it on a ship to the Netherlands and tracking down the 82-year-old original owner of the British luxury car, officials said. A man who...

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