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  • Rare copy of US Declaration of Independence unearthed - in England

    Rare copy of US Declaration of Independence unearthed - in England

    British and American experts are launching an investigation into how a rare copy of the US Declaration of Independence found its way to an archive in southern England. Linda So reports.

  • United Airlines to give $10,000 to passengers who give up their seats

    United Airlines to give $10,000 to passengers who give up their seats

    Giving up your seat on United just got a less painful. The airline said today it will offer passengers who forfeit seats on overbooked flights up to $10,000. The carrier figures it will cost them less that a repeat of the incident where a...

  • Entire English village sold for €25 million

    Entire English village sold for €25 million

    An English village - including a 21-bedroom mansion, 43 houses, a pub, a range of other buildings and more than 2,000 acres of farmland - has been sold. West Heslerton, near Scarborough, North Yorkshire, is believed to have been bought for around...

  • UK vineyard lights candles to protect grapes from spring frost

    UK vineyard lights candles to protect grapes from spring frost

    Hundreds of candles have been lit to help prevent the grapes at a Hampshire vineyard from succumbing to the unseasonable frost experienced around the country. The Leckford Estate vineyard, which produces 30,000 bottles of sparkling wine for...

  • Man in gorilla suit still crawling London Marathon - and will finish on Friday

    Man in gorilla suit still crawling London Marathon - and will finish on Friday

    A Metropolitan Police officer has been crawling the London Marathon in a gorilla costume since the race began on Sunday morning. Tom Harrison, who goes by the name Mr Gorilla, is raising money for the Gorilla Organisation and has yet to complete...

  • Giant rabbit dies on United Airlines flight

    Giant rabbit dies on United Airlines flight

    United Airlines is investigating after reports a giant rabbit died on one of its transatlantic flights. Three-foot Simon, a continental giant rabbit aged 10 months, was said to have been travelling from Heathrow to O'Hare in Chicago after being...

  • Kenya's last northern white rhino joins Tinder

    Kenya's last northern white rhino joins Tinder

    Like many guys using the Tinder dating app, Sudan loves the outdoors and travels widely. The catch: he's the world's last male white northern rhino and desperately needs to mate. "I don't mean to be too forward, but the fate of my species...

  • Plastic-munching moth could help ease pollution

    Plastic-munching moth could help ease pollution

    A moth that prefers plastic to pullovers could help solve the problem of discarded shopping bags and packaging, researchers believe. The larvae of the greater wax moth normally thrive on beeswax, making them a hated enemy of bee keepers across...

  • Rare plants clinging to life on UK's road verges

    Rare plants clinging to life on UK's road verges

    Some of the UK's rarest plants are at risk of extinction unless action is taken to look after the road verges that have become their final refuge, it has been warned. Species such as fen ragwort and wood calamint are now only found on road...

  • Boy, 12, stopped 1300km into drive across Australia

    Boy, 12, stopped 1300km into drive across Australia

    A 12-year-old boy has been stopped by Australian police after having already driven a dangerous 1,300km across the country, according to The Independent. Having stolen his family's car, the boy was apparently attempting to drive the entire...

  • Watch: $400 juicer squeezes no better than one's own hands

    Watch: $400 juicer squeezes no better than one's own hands

    After dazzling investors in Sillicon Valley last year, a $400 juice machine gadget has been found to perform no better than one's own hands, according to Bloomberg.  Juicero Inc. was picked as one of the top technology investors, boasting an...

  • After three weeks, French artist succeeds in hatching eggs

    After three weeks, French artist succeeds in hatching eggs

    French artist Abraham Poincheval, who famously spent a week inside a rock and two weeks inside a bear sculpture, has succeeded in hatching chicken eggs after incubating them for some three weeks. Poincheval embarked on his latest project in late...

  • Airline employee suspended after row with passengers

    Airline employee suspended after row with passengers

    American Airlines has suspended an employee after a video showed an altercation on one of its planes involving crew, several passengers and a crying woman carrying a young child. An American Airlines employee violently took a stroller from the...

  • Naked mole-rats 'turn into plants' when deprived of oxygen, scientists find

    Naked mole-rats 'turn into plants' when deprived of oxygen, scientists find

    They are homely, buck-toothed, pink, nearly hairless and just plain weird, but one of the many odd traits of rodents called naked mole-rats that live in subterranean bliss in the deserts of East Africa could someday be of great benefit to...

  • Flying car bids to soar above rivals

    Flying car bids to soar above rivals

    Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's a flying car. Slovakian company AeroMobil has unveiled its version of a flying car, a light frame plane whose wings can fold back, like an insect, and is boosted by a hybrid engine and rear propeller. It will...

  • Facebook will soon be able to read your mind

    Facebook will soon be able to read your mind

    Facebook is in the midst of developing technology which will allow users to communicate user thoughts along, according to The Telegraph. The company's founder, Mark Zuckerberg revealed that Facebook has created a secretive division at the...

  • Fined €900 for washing feet in Roman fountain

    Fined €900 for washing feet in Roman fountain

    Two Danish tourists have been charged with two fines of €450 while on their travels to Rome, according to The Local. The local police stopped the woman, 60, and the boy, 17, on Easter Sunday at the Fountain of the Two Seas, located in close...

  • Love potions could soon be a reality

    Love potions could soon be a reality

    The actualisation of love potions within our real lives seems absurd, however the University of Oxford's Dr Anders Sandberg says the idea is actually not so far-fetched, according to The Independent.  Senior research fellow and trained...

  • Watch: World's largest number of people dressed as Charlie Chaplin's "The Tramp" gather in Switzerland

    Watch: World's largest number of people dressed as Charlie Chaplin's "The Tramp" gather in Switzerland

    Hundreds of people, young and old, gathered together dressed as Charlie Chaplin's "The Tramp" in a world record attempt. Six hundred and sixty two people donned moustaches and walking canes for the attempt in Corsier-Sur-Vevey, Switzerland, on...

  • 'Terrorist' baby called in for US embassy interview

    'Terrorist' baby called in for US embassy interview

    Three-month-old Harvey Kenyon-Cairns was called into the US embassy in London for an interview after his grandfather mistakenly identified him as a terrorist on a visa form, according to The Guardian. He had been due to fly to Orlando, Florida for...

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