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  • Beach treat

    Ruby Holt spent most of her 100 years on a farm in rural Tennessee, picking cotton and raising four children. She had never been to the beach, until recently. She visited the Gulf of Mexico thanks to a partnership between the assisted living...

  • Moustache ruling

    Moustache ruling

    Colombian police no longer have to wait until they reach the top ranks to grow a moustache. Since 1997, a code of conduct gave only officers above the rank of lieutenant the right to sport a little hair above their top lip. Rather than shave,...

  • Python track tops funeral charts

    Python track tops funeral charts

    Frank Sinatra's My Way has been replaced by Monty Python's Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life as the most popular song played at funerals, new research has found. A study by The Co-operative Funeralcare showed that traditional hymns, football...

  • Ford Mustang on top of the world

    Ford Mustang on top of the world

    Bosses of the Ford motor company could be forgiven for having that top-of-the-world feeling today. They have been able to show off their new yellow-coloured Mustang model - on the 112th floor of the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in...

  • Fur sale: Bert's Cowardly Lion suit

    The Cowardly Lion costume from the classic film The Wizard Of Oz is taking the Yellow Brick Road to auction. The costume will be sold in New York by Bonhams on Monday, along with other Hollywood items. The big cat outfit has been authenticated as...

  • Groundhog woe

    A New Hampshire man says he was working in his garage when a groundhog he had seen in his backyard charged at him. Gary McGrath, of Hampton, New Hampshire, said the groundhog got close, so he pushed him back with his foot. But the animal returned...

  • Rear covering hospital gown

    A US health system has unveiled a new hospital gown that aims to put the wraps on a big source of patients' grumbles - a lack of rear coverage. Resembling a wrap-around robe, the "Model G" gown closes the once-draughty back, using adjustable...

  • Japanese etiquette

    Japanese etiquette

    Thailand's Embassy in Japan has some top tips for Thai visitors - don't put your chopsticks in the serving bowl; if driving, stop for pedestrians at crossings, and just because you have children does not mean you can jump the queue. The advice is...

  • Cat found after 10 years

    Cat found after 10 years

    A cat lover has been reunited with his pet Percy after he went missing 10 years ago. David Allinson, from Henlow, Bedfordshire, discovered that Percy was missing in June 2003 and immediately set about looking for his furry friend. Distributing...

  • JCB driver digs world's fastest win

    JCB driver digs world's fastest win

    A JCB has been crowned the fastest digger in the world after reaching 72mph. The Staffordshire-built yellow and black specially-modified JCB GT construction vehicle took the title of fastest backhoe loader during an attempt at Bathurst, near...

  • Divvied up

    France wants to know why, for some goods and services, women seem to be paying more than men. The question was first taken up by a group of French activists inspired by a study which found that American women overpay hundreds of dollars a year for...

  • Hacked offski

    Officials in Poland said computer hackers have attacked the website of the country's electoral commission, which is still unable to publish full returns from local elections because of an unrelated computer glitch. The State Electoral Commission...

  • Froggy brew to cure all ailments

    Froggy brew to cure all ailments

    Frogs from Peru's Lake Titicaca are the main ingredient in a juice blend that some Andean cultures believe has the power to cure asthma, bronchitis, sluggishness and a low sex drive. To make the mix, which is sold in Peru's Andes and the capital...

  • Sex at centre of new exhibition

    Sex at centre of new exhibition

    An "Orgone Accumulator", a vibrator, saucy postcards, erotic pottery and illustrations from the Kama Sutra are on display in a new, year-long exhibition in the UK tackling the study of sex. The Institute Of Sexology - a show at the Wellcome...

  • Mayo spat

    After suing a small California company for calling its product Just Mayo because the product is made without eggs, it was discovered that Unilever had tweaked its website to make clear that some of its own salad dressings also do not contain...

  • Suit stunt

    The male co-host of an Australian TV programme is finally getting some attention for his fashion sense - and that's his point. Karl Stefanovic wore the same blue suit every day for a year on Channel Nine's Today programme and no one noticed until...

  • 'Poo power' could run mobile phones

    Faeces could be used to power a future generation of mobile phones, scientists have said. Researchers have found a natural process which occurs within bacteria that could help improve "bio batteries". It is hoped the discovery could produce energy...

  • 'Gay' bull saved from slaughter

    'Gay' bull saved from slaughter

    A "gay" bull has been saved from slaughter after the terminally ill co-creator of The Simpsons donated thousands towards its rescue. Benjy, a Charolais in Co Mayo, Ireland, was being fattened for the butcher after his farmer owner complained he...

  • Naked burglar

    An 18-year-old US man has been arrested after allegedly breaking into two homes while naked, at about the same time his own home was destroyed in a fire. Logan Valle, from Maine, faces charges including burglary, theft and attempted theft. Police...

  • Life lesson

    An US biology teacher is facing possible disciplinary action after killing and skinning a rabbit in class to show students where their food comes from. Nampa School District spokeswoman Allison Westfall says the Idaho teacher killed the rabbit in...

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