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  • Eight to be given chance to go to hog heaven

    Eight to be given chance to go to hog heaven

    Harley-Davidson is offering free motorcycles for those who join its summer internship programme. Eight college students or recent graduates will have the enviable task of being paid to ride a Harley and share their adventures on social media. And...

  • Monkey selfie copyright claim rejected as court favours humans over animals

    Monkey selfie copyright claim rejected as court favours humans over animals

    A US appeals court has favoured humans over animals in a copyright lawsuit filed over a series of selfies taken by a monkey. US copyright law does not allow lawsuits that seek to give animals the rights to photographs or other original work, the...

  • Frida Barbie stopped by relatives

    Frida Barbie stopped by relatives

    Distant relatives of late Mexican artist Frida Kahlo have won a temporary injunction that stops sales of a Frida Barbie doll. Kahlo's great-niece, Mara de Anda Romeo, argued in a Mexican court that Mattel does not have the rights to use Kahlo's...

  • Mystery mummy in Iran could belong to Shah

    Mystery mummy in Iran could belong to Shah

    The discovery in Iran of a mummified body near the site of a former royal mausoleum has raised speculation it could be the remains of the late Reza Shah Pahlavi, founder of the Pahlavi dynasty. Hassan Khalilabadi, the head of Tehran city council's...

  • Many read to the end even if they are not enjoying a book

    Many read to the end even if they are not enjoying a book

    It's a conundrum faced by every reader at some point - ditch a book that you are just not enjoying, or see it through with grim determination until the bitter end. A new poll, from the Reading Agency, suggests that many of us are unwilling to give...

  • Fancy a buffalo worm burger?

    Fancy a buffalo worm burger?

    Supermarket shoppers in the western German city of Aachen have stepped out of their comfort zone to sample insect burgers made of buffalo worms. The worms, highly nutritious due to their high protein content, are the larvae of buffalo beetles and...

  • 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...