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  • Dog yoga record broken in Japan

    Dog yoga record broken in Japan

    One hundred and thirty six dogs and their owners gathered at Toshimaen amusement park in Tokyo for Japan's record breaking dog yoga event on Sunday. November 13 marked the first day of Japan's annual family week. The week encourages family...

  • Magnificent lights over Sweden likely caused by rocket fuel

    Magnificent lights over Sweden likely caused by rocket fuel

    Tour guide operator and founder of Sweden's Lights Over Lapland www.lightsoverlapland.com Chad Blakley, says what was originally thought to be a UFO (unidentified flying object) over Abisko National Park turned out to likely be a fuel trail from a...

  • Briton sets off on cross-Atlantic swim

    Briton sets off on cross-Atlantic swim

    A 38-year-old British man set out today on a 2,000 mile (3,200 km) swim from Senegal to Brazil, seeking to become the first person to make it across the Atlantic Ocean. Ben Hooper, a former military policeman who has been training for the...

  • Facebook apologises for 'terrible error' over death notices

    Facebook apologises for 'terrible error' over death notices

    Facebook has apologised for a "terrible error" which led to users - including founder Mark Zuckerberg - being "killed off" on the site by a technical glitch. Profiles affected by the problem yesterday displayed a memorial message which hoped the...

  • 'Supermoon' to light up night sky on Monday

    'Supermoon' to light up night sky on Monday

    A rare "supermoon" will make the full lunar disc appear 14 per cent bigger and up to 30 per cent brighter than usual as it rises above the rooftops on Monday.The event, described as "undeniably beautiful" by American space agency Nasa, is the...

  • Teenager disappears for a year because he is 'bored of life'

    Teenager disappears for a year because he is 'bored of life'

    A missing schoolboy ran away from home because he was "bored of his life", according to a letter he wrote to his parents. It has been nearly nine weeks since 15-year-old Arthur Heeler-Frood went missing from Axminster in Devon. He was last seen by...

  • Fancy tickling a rat?

    Fancy tickling a rat?

    Tummy-tickling causes rats to break out in giggles and jump with joy - but only when they are happy, a study has shown. Scientists confirmed the ticklishness of rats in experiments that involved researchers laying the animals on a platform and...

  • Slovak brothers win burial competition with fastest, neatest grave

    Slovak brothers win burial competition with fastest, neatest grave

    Two brothers from Slovakia won a grave-digging competition at an international exhibition of funeral, burial and cremation services. Ladislav and Csaba Skladan, aged 43 and 41 respectively, dug a grave 1.5 metres deep, two metres long and 90...

  • Dog owner pleads for beach strollers to join pet's last walk

    Dog owner pleads for beach strollers to join pet's last walk

    A dog owner has invited friends and family to join him for one last walk with his beloved pet before the animal is put to sleep. Mark Woods has made an emotional appeal on Facebook for people and pets to join him on a Cornish beach on Saturday...

  • New twist as romance beckons for Jeremy the lefty snail

    New twist as romance beckons for Jeremy the lefty snail

    Two potential mates have been lined up for a lonely snail after a scientist appealed to the public to help find a partner for the mollusc whose shell spirals in the wrong direction. The common garden snail, named Jeremy, may appear like others...

  • Giant croc rescued in Sri Lanka

    Giant croc rescued in Sri Lanka

    Sri Lankan authorities have rescued a five-meter-long crocodile, one of the largest ever seen on the island, after it became stuck in a canal while searching for food.   Heavy rains caused the river levels to rise and pushed the animal toward the...

  • Watch: 1980 video featuring Maltese disco dancer goes viral

    Watch: 1980 video featuring Maltese disco dancer goes viral

    There was the lawnmower, the penguin and of course the retro hustle. But for a classical ballet dancer like Charles Duca, no disco dancing move could match a high kick and split. A video featuring Mr Duca and 32 other footloose dancers competing...

  • Letter reveals how missing explorer's wife turned to clairvoyant for help

    Letter reveals how missing explorer's wife turned to clairvoyant for help

    A letter written by the wife of explorer Colonel Percival Fawcett to a clairvoyant asking for information about her missing husband has been unearthed by the Royal Mail. It came to light through the Letters Of Our Lives campaign, an appeal for...

  • Colorado city fills its road cracks with toilet paper

    Colorado city fills its road cracks with toilet paper

    A city in Colorado has landed upon a novel way of sealing cracks in its roads - by topping them up with toilet paper.  Authorities in Littleton say toilet paper is proving to be the perfect final touch to newly-sealed cracks, as it absorbs oil...

  • Airbus designs seats for obese passengers

    Airbus designs seats for obese passengers

    Aircraft giant Airbus has taken out a patent for bench-like aeroplane seats designed for obese passengers.  The "reconfigurable" seats fit two larger passengers but can also be adapted to fit a family of four.  When two people occupy the bench, a...

  • Couple shocked to discover they are biological twins

    Couple shocked to discover they are biological twins

    A married couple in the US city of Denver were horrified after a doctor at an IVF clinic informed them that they were biological twins. The couple had visited the clinic as they were having trouble conceiving, with the discovery made after a lab...

  • Soft toy missing in action is found wedged in a wall

    Soft toy missing in action is found wedged in a wall

    A cherished travelling soft toy which went missing off a St Julian's hotel balcony last September has been found and will be returned to its happy owner.  Leung Wai Chun Canny from Hong Kong had tied the soft toy to a ledge at the Le Méridien...

  • Three endure 5-day survival battle after wrong canoe turn

    Three endure 5-day survival battle after wrong canoe turn

    Three Britons have spent five days stranded in a Mexican jungle, surviving on a pack of peanuts and scavenged fish, after taking a wrong turn on a boat trip. The trio and a Mexican companion were exploring in the Yucatan Peninsula when they...

  • China's novel punishment for drivers who don't turn off their brights

    China's novel punishment for drivers who don't turn off their brights

    Inconsiderate drivers who misuse their headlights in the Chinese city of Shenzen will be forced to stare at a full-beam headlights for five minutes, traffic police there have warned.  In a light-hearted social media post, Shenzen traffic police...

  • Steven Seagal given Russian citizenship by fellow black belt Vladimir Putin

    Steven Seagal given Russian citizenship by fellow black belt Vladimir Putin

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has granted Russian citizenship to bargain bucket DVD action movie fixture Steven Seagal, the Kremlin announced today.  Best known for his portrayal of near-invulnerable characters in a series of B-list action...

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