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  • Bush's socks were funeral tribute to wife's literacy work

    Bush's socks were funeral tribute to wife's literacy work

    Former President George H.W. Bush honoured his wife's work promoting literacy with a subtle fashion statement, socks covered in books. The nation's 41st president attended his wife's funeral in a dark suit and black shoes. But peeking out in...

  • Barber jailed for giving 10-year-old 'humiliating' hair cut

    Barber jailed for giving 10-year-old 'humiliating' hair cut

    A barber who gave a young boy a "humiliating" haircut and then made him sweep his barbershop floor has been sent to prison for eight months.  The barber gave the 10-year-old a buzz cut with a number one razor as a punishment after he caught the...

  • Watch: Parroting Maltese politics... literally

    Watch: Parroting Maltese politics... literally

    A hilarious video of a parrot calling out "Viva l-Labour" and "Joseph, Joseph" has been uploaded on social media. Egged on by presumably its owner, the bird is seen shifting around its cage and parroting the Malta Labour Party rally calls. Its...

  • Watch: Flatpack fear no more? Robot assembles IKEA chair frame

    Watch: Flatpack fear no more? Robot assembles IKEA chair frame

    Robots in Singapore have completed a task many humans dread: assembling flat-packed IKEA furniture. Sifting through pages of instructions and a jumble of screws and bolts to build the low-cost Swedish furniture may soon be a thing of the past...

  • Marx birthplace cashes in on €0 notes for anniversary

    Marx birthplace cashes in on €0 notes for anniversary

    The German city of Trier is struggling to keep up with demand for €0 notes, bearing the face of its most famous son and communism's creator Karl Marx, and sold for €3 each as part of celebrations for his 200th birthday. Marx's best known and most...

  • 'No to sex on roundabouts', Norway tells high school graduates

    'No to sex on roundabouts', Norway tells high school graduates

    Norway's high school graduates should refrain from running naked across bridges and having sex on roundabouts lest they give drivers "too much of a surprise", the national transport regulator said. Norway's annual post-graduation period called...

  • Eileen's knickers rescued from sewers

    Eileen's knickers rescued from sewers

    A water company has fished out a pair of size 14 pants from its system before they could cause a major sewerage problem. Severn Trent Water said the pants - belonging to an Eileen judging by the label - were removed before they could cause any...

  • How do you do an interview with a naturist? Naked, of course.

    How do you do an interview with a naturist? Naked, of course.

    BBC Radio Sheffield presenter Rony Robinson has presented part of his show naked for an interview with a naturist. Robinson was speaking to a male guest from British Naturism who also agreed to strip off for the half-hour chat. There was a...

  • Singapore tutor faces jail for 'sophisticated' system to help students cheat

    Singapore tutor faces jail for 'sophisticated' system to help students cheat

    A Singaporean tutor has pleaded guilty to helping six Chinese students cheat in school exams in a "highly sophisticated" operation using video calling and skin-coloured earphones, court documents seen by Reuters on Wednesday showed. Private...

  • You want tarantula with that? At this US burger joint, it's an option

    You want tarantula with that? At this US burger joint, it's an option

    Kristin Barnaby, a self-described arachnophobe, found a way to overcome what she dreads at a North Carolina burger joint. "I am going to eat my fear," the 27-year-old said at the Bull City Burger and Brewery, where she tucked in to a hamburger...

  • Bad handwriting misled Marco Polo scholars for centuries

    Bad handwriting misled Marco Polo scholars for centuries

    On January 9, 1324, the Venetian traveller, merchant and writer Marco Polo was preparing for his final journey - to the afterlife that he as a God-fearing Christian was certain existed. Aged 70, Polo summoned a priest-notary to his home in Venice...

  • Puppet plays mother as zookeepers hatch plan to save endangered magpie

    Puppet plays mother as zookeepers hatch plan to save endangered magpie

    Zookeepers in the Czech Republic have turned to a puppet in an effort to save the critically-endangered Javan green magpie. Officials saved one egg after the parents threw a second out of their nest. The magpie chick which hatched a month ago is...

  • Speaker's chair toilet idea raised after marathon nine-hour sitting

    Speaker's chair toilet idea raised after marathon nine-hour sitting

    Concerns for House of Commons Speaker John Bercow's bladder were raised after he chaired key debates for more than nine hours. Senior Conservative MP Julian Lewis jokingly asked whether a curtain and toilet system would be installed on the...

  • Performing bear at Russian soccer match causes outrage

    Performing bear at Russian soccer match causes outrage

    A circus bear used to open a soccer match in Russia's town of Pyatigorsk on Saturday caused outrage from animal welfare groups. The bear, named 'Tima', performed gestures and handed the match ball to the referee before the third-tier match between...

  • Priests are carrying out exorcisms by mobile phone

    Priests are carrying out exorcisms by mobile phone

    About 200 aspiring exorcists gathered in Rome on Monday for a week-long course in casting out demons - including by mobile phone if necessary - amid increased demand for the service among Roman Catholics. Participants, many of them priests, will...

  • Beer lovers can toast Prince Harry and Meghan's wedding with new brew

    Beer lovers can toast Prince Harry and Meghan's wedding with new brew

    Royal fans with a taste for beer will be able to celebrate Prince Harry and fiancee Meghan Markle's wedding day with a special ale brewed in the town where the couple will get married next month. "Harry & Meghan's Windsor Knot" has been brewed to...

  • Korean Air 'nut rage' sister apologises for angry outburst

    Korean Air 'nut rage' sister apologises for angry outburst

    Korean Air Lines' unions have called for the youngest daughter of its chairman, a sister of the infamous 'nut rage' heiress, to step down from management after her alleged abusive behaviour against an advertising agency official caused public...

  • Air China flight diverted after passenger threatens crew with...a fountain pen

    Air China flight diverted after passenger threatens crew with...a fountain pen

    An Air China flight bound for Beijing made an unscheduled landing in the central Chinese city of Zhengzhou on Sunday after a passenger threatened a flight attendant with a fountain pen, the country's civil aviation authority said. In a brief...

  • Titanic menu expected to fetch £100,000

    Titanic menu expected to fetch £100,000

    A menu of the first meal ever served on the Titanic is expected to fetch up to £100,000 at auction. The lunch - including sweetbreads, spring lamb and pastries - was served during the liner's sea trials on April 2 in 1912. Second Officer Charles...

  • Watch: Bungling burglars chase cash as wind blows it away

    Watch: Bungling burglars chase cash as wind blows it away

    Two bungling burglars have been caught on camera leaving the scene of a crime with cash trailing behind them. CCTV footage of the robbery in Droylsden, Greater Manchester, shows one of the men crouching in front of oncoming traffic as he tries to...