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  • Man claims penis was amputated by mistake

    An Alabama man who went in to a hospital last month for a circumcision awoke after surgery to find his penis had been amputated, his lawyer said. Johnny Lee Banks Jr., 56, said in a lawsuit filed in state court earlier this week that no one at the...

  • Son locked in car trunk to cure fear of dark

    A western Pennsylvania couple, accused of luring their five-year-old son into the trunk of their car with candy to resolve his fear of the dark, was granted probation this week, according to court officials. Jeffrey and Danielle Lenhart were...

  • Bare burger burgle beef

    Three bare burglars burgle beef. Only in Florida is that not a tongue twister but the latest true crime. The break-in occurred at Doc's Beach House in Bonita Springs in the middle of the night, according to Lee County sheriff spokesman Tony Schall.

  • Mouldy mix-up

    Emergency officials called to check out a suspected gas leak in Germany found a culprit they did not expect: a fridge full of rotting food. Police in the central city of Braunschweig said the fire service evacuated an apartment block in the city...

  • Doorstep dolls

    Doorstep dolls

    They sent a creepy feeling through several Southern California families, but authorities say the person who left porcelain dolls on doorsteps did not mean any harm. The Orange County Sheriff's Department said someone left the dolls wearing...

  • Husky helpers

    Dog owner Keath Armstrong put his trio of huskies to work - using them to help him move house. The dogs pulled a sled, filled with Mr Amstrong's belongings, some 217 miles from his old flat in Manchester to his new home in Dorset. He walked...

  • Pants bomber

    The 2009 "underpants bomb" plot failed because the terrorist had been wearing his explosive-laden undergarments for more than two weeks and soiled the explosives, a senior US official said. Umar Abdulmutallab sent shockwaves through US...

  • Teacake sales soar after ceremony

    Sales of Tunnock's teacakes have soared after they featured in the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games, a supermarket has said. Customers have been stocking up on the sweet treat after giant dancing teacakes whirled around Celtic Park on...

  • '232 teeth' removed from teenager

    Dental surgeons in India's largest city have removed 232 small "tooth-like structures" from the mouth of a teenage boy with a rare medical condition. Mumbai medics say the 17-year-old, from a small village in western India, had been suffering from...

  • Sinkhole dig

    For the first time in more than 30 years, palaeontologists are preparing excavate a sinkhole-type cave in northern Wyoming that contains the ancient remains of tens of thousands of animals. Those animals include American cheetahs, mammoths and...

  • JFK coins

    President John F Kennedy is getting his old look back on new collectors' coins. The slain president's profile debuted on the half dollar coin some 50 years ago, and the image was subtly tweaked and sharpened in the 1990s. Now the US Mint is...

  • Archives reveal donkey auction

    Archives reveal donkey auction

    Donkeys were auctioned off in Ireland as part of efforts to raise funds during the First World War, century-old public records have shown. A document unearthed by the Public Records Office in Northern Ireland (PRONI) has revealed one of the more...

  • Shirt shame

    Nelson Mandela had a way with words, but not quite like this. Cyclists crossing Johannesburg in the former South African president's honour wore T-shirts with one of his many inspiring quotations, along with a glaring typographical error in the...

  • Birthday for toasted sandwich maker

    A toasted sandwich maker is celebrating its 40th birthday. Breville, who sold its first sandwich maker four decades ago, enjoyed record sales of the staple kitchen gadget last year with sales up 20% over the past two years. More than four in five...

  • 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...

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