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  • Home front

    Surrounded by barbed wire, sandbags and mud, the 18-metre trench is barely distinguishable from those occupied by British soldiers fighting in the First World War almost a century ago. The enormous dugout has been painstakingly recreated by an...

  • Bright cream

    Food scientists have developed an ice-cream that glows in the dark - which comes in especially handy when you're trying to eat in partial darkness. The treat, created by food designers Bompas and Parr for Wall's, was dished out at Vue in London's...

  • '€624k' for fort property on Thames

    '€624k' for fort property on Thames

    By today's standards, half a million pounds for a cavernous property with unrivalled views across the Thames might sound like a bargain. A disused fort with the memorable address of Number 1, The Thames, has gone up for sale with a guide price of...

  • Australian hospital accidentally declares 200 patients dead

    Australian hospital accidentally declares 200 patients dead

     An Australian hospital apologised on Thursday after mistakenly sending out death notices for 200 of its - very much alive - patients. Austin Hospital, in Australia's second most populous city of Melbourne, erroneously killed off the patients when...

  • He was a lion

    Officers spent hours looking for a mountain lion on the loose from a pet shop, but later said the threat was based on a false report. Police in South Carolina said 55-year-old Bill Lunsford reported a burglar breaking into the store and letting...

  • Zoo hatches very rare tiny turtle

    Zoo hatches very rare tiny turtle

    One of the world's rarest turtles has hatched at a British zoo and is currently the size of a matchbox. The tiny six-week-old Vietnamese box turtle, a critically endangered species, weighs just half an ounce. It hatched after being kept at a...

  • Choking driver

    A US police officer saved a motorist in Kalamazoo, Michigan, who was choking after stopping her for driving through a red light. Officer Jason Gates realised the woman could not breathe when he approached her vehicle, so he hit her on the back to...

  • Spider makes headlines on bulletin

    A spider "photobombed" a live BBC news bulletin when it crawled across the screen to catch an insect. The spider, which appeared to be a giant in the shot, invaded the early morning edition of Reporting Scotland when it crept across the lens of...

  • Tiger selfies

    New York's internet romeos will have to find new ways to attract mates now that it is illegal to pose for photos with a tiger, lion or other big cat. The practice is popular on online dating sites but denounced by wildlife advocates as potentially...

  • Pterosaur colony found in Brazil

    Pterosaur colony found in Brazil

    Evidence of a colony of pterosaurs that lived around a desert lake in southern Brazil around 100 million years ago has been uncovered by scientists. Fossil remains of at least 47 of the previously unknown flying reptiles, with wingspans ranging...

  • Mural in disguise

    A US family kept what they thought was an old piece of tarpaulin in a barn for decades. But when Tony Breckenridge recently pulled it out of a box to go camping he discovered it was a mural. The family cannot read the signature and are trying to...

  • Short shorts attack

    A 25-year-old woman attacked another woman at a barbecue because she thought her shorts were too short, a US court heard. Prosecutors say the woman confronted the other woman, telling her that her shorts were too short. Several minutes later the...

  • Conjoined dolphin missing

    A marine biologist says that his university does not know the whereabouts of a dead two-headed dolphin photographed on a beach in western Turkey. Mehmet Gokoglu said that, based on photos, the mammal appears to be conjoined dolphins. He denied...

  • Footballers favour Chelsea tractors

    Footballers favour Chelsea tractors

    Footballers may favour certain formations on the field but when it comes to cars they go for 4x4s. For the Range Rover has come out top as the vehicle of choice for Premier League players, according to Oracle Finance. The Range Rover Sport was...

  • Piper problems

    The US Fish and Wildlife Service is reviewing its rules about ivory imports after two teenage bagpipers from New Hampshire had their instruments seized at the Canadian border. The discord started when Campbell Webster and Eryk Bean were driving...

  • Mail pain

    The post office at the small college where the Pittsburgh Steelers hold training camps has been swamped with mail since wide receiver Antonio Brown vowed on Facebook to autograph anything fans send him. Brown posted the message on July 28 saying:...

  • Seagal's show

    American actor Steven Seagal has reportedly performed at a concert in the breakaway region of Crimea on a stage decorated with the flag of pro-Russian separatists fighting in eastern Ukraine. Seagal, who knows Russian President Vladimir Putin,...

  • By a whisker

    A zookeeper in Blackpool has been awarded a masters' degree for her research into sea lion whiskers, the BBC reports. Liverpool-born Alyx Milne combined her work as an animal trainer/ presenter at Blackpool Zoowith her studies at Manchester...

  • Fox drops in to children's ward

    A fox crashed through the ceiling of a hospital's children's ward where eight youngsters were laid up. The animal had crept into North Middlesex University Hospital during building work and was roaming around in a space above the inpatient...

  • Pet show for BA plane passengers

    Pet show for BA plane passengers

      British Airways is aiming to become everyone's pet airline by introducing an in-flight entertainment channel featuring cute cats and dogs. Entitled Paws & Relax, the channel is being launched on BA's long-haul flights next month. BA's in-flight...

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