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  • Recognition for record breakers

    Recognition for record breakers

    The annual who's who of the world's weird and wonderful will hit shelves tomorrow. The 60th edition of the Guinness World Records promises to disclose the identity of a woman responsible for the planet's largest yoyo, reveal the American...

  • Dubai's latest luxury: wine that includes 24-carat gold but no alcohol

    Dubai built the world's tallest building, put a ski slope inside and gave its cops a Lamborghini for a police car. Where else would you sell a $150 bottle of 'halal' non-alcoholic sparkling white wine with flecks of 24-carat edible gold leaf...

  • Bus converted for battlefield tours

    Bus converted for battlefield tours

    A 100-year-old bus has been converted into a First World War "battle bus" which will tour battlefields. London buses played a vital role in the Great War, with more than 1,000 of them operating on the front lines transporting troops. The converted...

  • Fake finger

    Mel Brooks has given the finger to Hollywood - the extra finger, that is. Brooks, the writer, producer and actor responsible for classic movie comedies such as The Producers and Blazing Saddles, sank his hands and feet into cement in front of the...

  • 'Human' race

    'Human' race

    New Hampshire's House of Representatives may be getting a little more human next year. A candidate who legally changed his name to "human" is running against incumbent Democratic state representative Rose Marie Rogers in the primary. David...

  • Security scare

    A photographer had his lens-cleaning device confiscated by security at Manchester Airport over concerns the device looked like a hand grenade. Noel Patterson, a sports photographer from Derbyshire, said he was going through security to board a...

  • 1846 exploration ship discovered

    1846 exploration ship discovered

    A British exploration ship abandoned on an ill-fated mission to travel through the fabled North West Passage has been discovered after almost 170 years. Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper has announced that scientists have found one of two...

  • Party's over

    More than 1,000 people flown into the small Colorado resort town of Crested Butte for the filming of Anheuser-Busch's Bud Light advert had problems leaving the party. The beer giant paid 500,000 dollars to paint several blocks of a central street...

  • Starring role for albino lobster

    Starring role for albino lobster

    An albino lobster - described as one in a million - is coming out of his shell as a new tourist attraction. The rare crustacean was caught recently off the Dorset coast but now calls the Southend Sea Life Adventure Aquarium in Essex home. Aquarium...

  • Bees 'prefer city to countryside'

    Bees 'prefer city to countryside'

    Bumblebees seem to prefer the buzz of the city to the countryside, a large-scale "citizen's science" study has found. They also like to have a cool breeze on their backs when foraging, and choose English lavender over the more "flowery" French...

  • Indiana woman held captive in small cage

    Indiana woman held captive in small cage

    A man credited with rescuing a woman allegedly held captive for two months by an Indiana couple says the woman begged him to help her escape. Ron Higgs told WEHT-TV that his ex-wife and her boyfriend were holding the woman in a small wooden cage,...

  • New beer-carrying record - 27 mugs in one go

    New beer-carrying record - 27 mugs in one go

    A German waiter has set a world record, carrying 27 one-litre beer glasses. Oliver Struempfl, who works at the Gillamoos beer festival in the Bavarian town of Abensberg, carried the beer for 40 metres. He prepared for the feat by training in a gym.

  • Experts create chocolate teapot that withstands boiling water

    Experts create chocolate teapot that withstands boiling water

    A group of scientists and engineers have proved that they really are as useful as a chocolate teapot. Master chocolatier John Costello and his team from the Nestle Product Technology Centre (PTC), in York, were given the challenge of turning the...

  • Spreading the load

    Spreading the load

    Japan's first lady said she has such a busy schedule that sometimes it is up to the prime minister to do the dishes or take out the rubbish. It is the kind of flexibility that she says is needed for the advancement of women in Japan. Prime...

  • Lego building

    Lego building

    Danish toy maker Lego saw revenue soar 11% in the first six months of 2014, mostly because of the success of the Lego Movie. The privately-owned company's chief financial officer said they were thrilled by the success. John Goodwin said: "Lego...

  • Experts hail squirrel 'wonder-mum'

    Experts hail squirrel 'wonder-mum'

    A super-mum squirrel has given birth to two new kittens in Norfolk - bringing her offspring to 50. Seven-year-old Tortoiseshell is one of the most successful breeding red squirrels in the UK and has helped bolster the under-threat species. Wardens...

  • Belly ache

    Egypt's senior religious body has demanded a new belly-dancing TV show be suspended for "corrupting morals" and serving "extremists" who could use it as a pretext to depict Egyptian society as anti-Islamic. A statement by Dar al-Ifta, the top body...

  • Coronation Street put on the map

    Coronation Street put on the map

    Soap's most famous street has been put on the map after Ordnance Survey paid a visit to Weatherfield. The large scale map shows Coronation Street, complete with the Underworld factory, the Kabin and Rovers Return as well as other nearby roads...

  • Record feast

    The new academic year at the University of Massachusetts has started with a record-setting feast. More than 3,000 traditional New England clambake dinners were served on the Amherst campus. Chefs prepared more than 3,000 lobsters, 6,000 little...

  • Super-cluster of galaxies named

    Super-cluster of galaxies named

    It may not be stamped in your passport, but everyone on Earth is now officially a citizen of Laniakea. That is the name scientists have given the gigantic super-cluster of galaxies that contains our own Milky Way. The word means "immeasurable...

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