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  • Secret message found in WW1 kilt

    Secret message found in WW1 kilt

    A note has been discovered hidden in the folds of a kilt destined for a soldier heading to the front in the First World War. Economic historian Dr Helen Paul, of the University of Southampton, found the hand-written message when she was removing...

  • Calamity chase

    A man who fled after being stopped by traffic officers in Mississippi was apparently so focused on getting away that he unknowingly ran into a police academy. Roger Beasley Jr was stopped by officers on US 90 in Biloxi, and promptly jumped from...

  • Fatal fences

    Municipal officials in Alaska's largest city are considering outlawing gothic style metal fences after five moose were gored to death in recent years. The Anchorage Assembly will hold a public hearing on August 5 to consider regulating metal...

  • Lion acupuncture first for zoo vet

    Lion acupuncture first for zoo vet

    A vet who normally performs acupuncture on dogs took on a larger patient - when she treated a lion with a sore foot. Fearless Nicki Grint placed a series of needles around the hind paw of 11-year-old Asiatic lion Lucifer at Paignton Zoo in...

  • Hey chewed

    A tree planted in Los Angeles to honour former Beatle George Harrison has been killed - by beetles. The pine grew to more than 12ft before succumbing to a bark beetle infestation, after which it had to be removed, councillor Tom LaBonge said. It...

  • Taking aim

    A British inventor has undertaken his biggest project yet - firing a fart across to France. Colin Furze, an engineer and inventor, has more than 500,000 subscribers to his YouTube channel where he superpowers vehicles such as mobility scooters and...

  • Sri Lanka cyclists bike down Scotland's M74

    Sri Lanka cyclists bike down Scotland's M74

    A group of Commonwealth Games athletes took on a road race with a difference today by going for a ride down one of Scotland's busiest stretches of motorway. The four members of the Sri Lankan team sparked a police response after they were spotted...

  • Brief thief

    Authorities are investigating the theft of 200 pairs of pants at an east Georgia shopping mall. Richmond County sheriff's officials say a thief stole the underwear from Victoria's Secret in Augusta Mall. Reports say that security video shows a...

  • Water bandits

    Armed bandits in drought-stricken northern India are threatening to kill hundreds of villagers unless they deliver 35 buckets of water each day to the outlaws in their rural hideouts. Since the threats were delivered last week, 28 villages have...

  • Elephants win smell test by a nose

    Elephants win smell test by a nose

    Elephants have been revealed to have the most sophisticated sense of smell in a league table of mammals compiled by scientists. Researchers who examined olfactory receptors, the proteins involved in detecting smell, found that African elephants...

  • Convict couture

    A Michigan sheriff says he is trading his inmates' orange jumpsuits for black-and-white stripes, in part due to pop culture. Saginaw County Sheriff William Federspiel said that all-orange jumpsuits are increasingly viewed as fashionable,...

  • Old human skull left outside church

    Police are appealing for information after an old human skull was left at a church in Dorset. The warden of Lady St Mary's Church on Church Green in Wareham found the skull at midday on July 11. It had been carefully wrapped in tissue paper and...

  • Rabbit's return

    Rabbit's return

      A stolen rabbit posted through a letterbox in a "silly prank" has been returned to its owner, the RSPCA said. The white rabbit was discovered by a postman during his rounds in Maltby, South Yorkshire, on top of the usual letters and cards. After...

  • 'X-Men experience' at Comic-Con

    Comic-Con attendees will have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to enter the mind of Professor X. Fox has created an X-Men-themed virtual reality stunt especially for the pop-culture convention, which kicks off Thursday in San Diego. The interactive...

  • Flight fail... Again

    A New York pilot has experienced deja phew. The pilot, who made an emergency landing last week in the middle of a Long Island highway, did the exact same thing on Friday in almost exactly the same place. Suffolk County police say a single-engine...

  • Selfie evidence

    Police investigating the theft of clothing and jewellery from a southern Illinois boutique say they arrested a woman after she posted Facebook photos of herself wearing one of the stolen items. Police arrested 27-year-old Danielle Saxton, earlier...

  • Drivers' odd hard shoulder stops

    Instances of illegal stopping on motorway hard shoulders include people picking flowers, renewing their insurance and even trying to sell their car. One motorist pulled over after seeing "Fire" on his dashboard display. It turned out to be the...

  • Children 'recognise cute concept'

    Children 'recognise cute concept'

    Children as young as three recognise "cute" features that encourage care-giving in adults, a study has found. Even before they start school, children rate puppies, kittens and babies as "cuter" than their adult counterparts. Cuteness is wrapped up...

  • S Africa considers rhino evacuation

    Officials at Kruger park, South Africa's flagship wildlife reserve, are considering a plan to move some rhinos out of the park in an attempt to protect them from poachers. Kruger spokesman William Mabasa said that no decision has been made on the...

  • Chicago Cubs sue fake team mascots accused of hustling fans

    The Chicago Cubs are suing two men accused of posing in bear costumes as mascots for the Major League Baseball team and lurking around Wrigley Field, hustling fans for tips and in one case getting into a bar brawl. In a lawsuit filed in a US...

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