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  • Watch: Spends 8 hours sat balancing on a chair on a tightrope in shopping mall

    Watch: Spends 8 hours sat balancing on a chair on a tightrope in shopping mall

    A high wire stuntman spent eight hours sitting in a chair balanced on a tightrope in Switzerland to set a new Guinness World Record. Guinness confirmed Freddy Nock earned the record for longest duration chair balancing on a tightrope when he...

  • Enter the Bull: Fighters mix kung fu and bullfighting in China

    Enter the Bull: Fighters mix kung fu and bullfighting in China

    Several times a week, kung fu teacher Ren Ruzhi enters a ring to spar with a bovine opponent around five times his weight and capable of killing him. Ren's mixing of martial arts and bullfighting worries his mother, but the 24-year-old has never...

  • Jamaican hotel staff strike a wrong note with birthday tribute

    Jamaican hotel staff strike a wrong note with birthday tribute

    Hotel staff in a Jamaican resort clearly had no idea what a woman had in mind when they were asked to create a tribute to a man who died four years earlier, whose parents were due to visit. The woman, Karen Baker, asked them to prepare a cake and...

  • Sheepish mother gives son, 5, an X-rated costume

    Sheepish mother gives son, 5, an X-rated costume

    A sheepish mother who dressed up her son as a shepherd for his school’s nativity play was mortified to discover that an inflatable sheep that came with the outfit was actually a sex doll.  Helen Cox, 46, from Scotland, bought the fancy dress...

  • Valletta's Strait Street toilet named 'the best in Europe'

    Valletta's Strait Street toilet named 'the best in Europe'

    Easyjet’s inflight magazine Traveller has named Valletta’s Strait Street public toilet “the best public toilet in Europe”. “It’s not just a toilet, it’s a theatrical experience,” it said. The Strait Street toilets were redesigned and renovated in...

  • Smugglers ingested Mexican cartel cash

    Smugglers ingested Mexican cartel cash

    Colombia has arrested 27 people accused of belonging to four smuggling networks which recruited youths to swallow drug trafficking cash profits and bring them into the South American country from Mexico, the police said on Thursday. The money was...

  • Vatican's St Peter's Square gets 720-ton sand nativity scene

    Vatican's St Peter's Square gets 720-ton sand nativity scene

    The traditional nativity scene in St Peter's Square won't be so traditional this year. For the first time, it is made of sand - 720 tons of it. For the past two weeks, Rich Varano, a professional sand artist, has been guiding three sculptors from...

  • Enter the Bull: Fighters mix kung fu and bullfighting in China

    Enter the Bull: Fighters mix kung fu and bullfighting in China

    Several times a week, kung fu teacher Ren Ruzhi enters a ring to spar with a bovine opponent around five times his weight and capable of killing him. Ren's mixing of martial arts and bullfighting worries his mother, but the 24-year-old has never...

  • Bring home the bagels: rights group calls for end to 'anti-animal language'

    Bring home the bagels: rights group calls for end to 'anti-animal language'

    Achieving multiple aims at once? You may be "feeding two birds with one scone". Taking decisive action? That's "taking the flower by the thorns".   Animal-related idioms are embedded in our language, but US animal rights group Peta (People for the...

  • 'Cheating' gorillas show clever puzzle-solving

    'Cheating' gorillas show clever puzzle-solving

    Gorillas at a zoo in England have demonstrated a distinctly human trait while attempting to solve a new puzzle game - cheating. The gorillas were presented with a wall-mounted device where the aim is to guide a peanut through a series of obstacles...

  • Watch: MP's hilarious version of Sound of Silence wins applause

    Watch: MP's hilarious version of Sound of Silence wins applause

    Sometimes, it’s just better to say it with a song. And if the social media reaction to Australia's Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman’s performance is anything to go by, there will be a lot more singing in chambers across the world next...

  • Hegerberg Ballon d'Or award tarnished by 'twerk' request

    Hegerberg Ballon d'Or award tarnished by 'twerk' request

    Olympique Lyonnais and Norway forward Ada Hegerberg won the inaugural Ballon d'Or award for the best player in women's football on Monday but the moment was tarnished when DJ Martin Solveig asked her to 'twerk' after receiving the...

  • Holiday song 'Baby It's Cold Outside' frozen out by US radio station

    Holiday song 'Baby It's Cold Outside' frozen out by US radio station

    A US radio station is giving the cold shoulder to the classic "Baby It's Cold Outside," removing the song from its lineup of holiday music because its lyrics are inappropriate toward women, staff members say. The decades-old catchy song, recorded...

  • Dutch court rejects 69-year old's bid to shave 20 years off age

    Dutch court rejects 69-year old's bid to shave 20 years off age

    A Dutch court on Monday rejected a legal request by a 69-year old motivational speaker to be recognised as 20 years younger than his actual age.  Emile Ratelband started a legal challenge last month arguing that if transgender people were allowed...

  • Nigerian president denies being replaced by clone

    Nigerian president denies being replaced by clone

    Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday denied claims that he had died and been replaced by a Sudanese impostor, breaking his silence on a rumour that has circulated on social media for months. In an emailed statement entitled "It's Real...

  • Watch: NYPD seeks suitor who dropped engagement ring in Times Square drain

    Watch: NYPD seeks suitor who dropped engagement ring in Times Square drain

    New York City police sought on Saturday for an unlucky suitor who dropped an engagement ring down a Times Square grating while proposing to his fiancee, who nonetheless told him yes. Video shared on social media by the New York Police Department...

  • Watch: Preacher's high-flying entrance goes viral

    Watch: Preacher's high-flying entrance goes viral

    A preacher's unusual entrance is going viral after he used zip line cables to make a "flying" entrance to his sermon. Bartholomew Orr of Brown Baptist Church in Southaven, Mississippi, said a professional company came in and installed the...

  • Watch: Air New Zealand Christmas ad pokes fun at Trump

    Watch: Air New Zealand Christmas ad pokes fun at Trump

      An Air New Zealand advertisement released for the Christmas season this week takes a dig at US President Donald Trump by portraying an American boy wearing a "Make Christmas Great Again" red cap being laughed at by other children on Santa's...

  • Brexit fatigue is driving Britons to drink, says pub chain Greene King

    Brexit fatigue is driving Britons to drink, says pub chain Greene King

    Britons are seeking a break from the endless Brexit debate by heading to their local for a pint, pub operator Greene King said on Thursday as it reported an increase in profit over the last six months. The pub operator, which brews beers such as...

  • Watch: "Unruly" young boy upstages Pope Francis

    Watch: "Unruly" young boy upstages Pope Francis

    A young boy upstaged Pope Francis on Wednesday, escaping from his mother and running onto the papal podium at a general audience, tugging on the hand of a Swiss guardsman and playing behind the pontiff's chair. The boy's mother briefly spoke to...