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Scaly, scary lodgers: Frenchman shares home with 400 reptiles
Thu, 20 Sep 2018 12:14:23 -0400
In an unassuming house on France's River Loire, a cobra lives on the coffee table, a 50 kg (110-pound) tortoise roams the garden and a two-meter (seven-foot) alligator sleeps in the owner's bed while another keeps watch at the door.

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Tired Londoners rent sleep pods for some zzz's
Wed, 19 Sep 2018 12:16:02 -0400
Exhausted Londoners hoping to take a rest from their busy schedules are being offered an alternative to coffee breaks: a sleep pod where they can grab some shut-eye for 15 ($20) an hour.

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Soccer: Players rescue ambulance in Brazil league match
Sat, 15 Sep 2018 22:04:41 -0400
Players from Flamengo and Vasco da Gama came to the rescue of an ambulance on Saturday after the vehicle, which was transporting an injured player to hospital, refused to start.

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Rumor has it Chinese 17-year-old wants to be a billionaire
Wed, 12 Sep 2018 04:07:07 -0400
China's crackdown on online rumor-mongers and fraud has snared a fresh target - a 17-year-old junior high school dropout who pretended to be a billionaire, gave himself fake titles and posted Photoshopped pictures of himself with world leaders.

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Homeless vet to get all cash raised by New Jersey couple: GoFundMe
Fri, 07 Sep 2018 14:19:17 -0400
A homeless veteran who spent his last $20 to help a stranded New Jersey woman will receive the more than $400,000 which she and her boyfriend raised for him, online fundraiser GoFundMe and his lawyer said, after the couple was accused of spending most of the money on themselves.

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Guinness World Records celebrates oldest trapeze artist, highest-jumping dog
Thu, 06 Sep 2018 11:44:49 -0400
An octogenarian flying trapeze artist, the owner of the world's fastest jet-propelled go-kart and a dog named Feather with a flair for jumping are among the record-breaking stars to win a place in the latest edition of Guinness World Records.

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Bees besiege Times Square street, drawing swarm of tourists
Tue, 28 Aug 2018 18:43:28 -0400
It was a case of hold the honey, double the mustard in Times Square at lunchtime on Tuesday.

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Gulp! Georgian boy solves six Rubik's cubes under water in one breath
Fri, 17 Aug 2018 14:50:29 -0400
An 18-year-old student from Georgia solved six Rubik's Cubes under water in one breath on Friday, in a bid to set a new Guinness World Record.

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Karachi's rooftop cattle get a crane lift to the ground
Fri, 17 Aug 2018 06:08:32 -0400
Residents of Karachi, Pakistan's largest city, watched as cattle were lowered by crane from the top of a four-storey home ahead of the Muslim festival Eid al-Adha.

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Swiss brothers get ready to refloat the bubble car
Thu, 16 Aug 2018 13:30:27 -0400
With its quirky egg shape and minimalist interior, the bubble car was a symbol of cheap and cheerful mobility on European roads in the 1950s and 60s.

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Scorching weather helps uncover archeological sites around Britain
Wed, 15 Aug 2018 13:23:58 -0400
Britain's hottest summer in decades has revealed cropmarks across the country showing the sites of Iron Age settlements, Roman farms and even Neolithic monuments dating back thousands of years, archaeologists said on Wednesday.

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Muja the alligator still alive and snapping in his 80s at Belgrade Zoo
Wed, 15 Aug 2018 07:04:57 -0400
American alligator Muja arrived at Belgrade Zoo on the eve of the Second World War and is believed to be the oldest of his kind in captivity, and still in good health with a hearty appetite for his age, his handlers said on Tuesday.

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Trump 'live figure' thumps Merkel at Berlin's Madame Tussauds
Tue, 14 Aug 2018 13:08:29 -0400
Madame Tussauds in Berlin unveiled its latest attraction on Tuesday - a posturing Donald Trump figure striking a picture of German Chancellor Angela Merkel on a punchball.

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Paris residents peeved at very public eco-friendly urinals
Tue, 14 Aug 2018 09:52:15 -0400
A new set of eco-friendly but completely exposed urinals deployed on the streets of Paris are provoking uproar from locals.

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Face value: Australians seek free portraits of Queen Elizabeth
Fri, 10 Aug 2018 06:03:30 -0400
Australians by the dozen are demanding portraits of Britain's Queen Elizabeth, after a news item drew attention to an obscure rule entitling them to such articles from local politicians.

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Who let the goats out? Runaway herd invades Idaho neighborhood
Fri, 03 Aug 2018 15:54:54 -0400
More than 100 goats burst into a neighborhood in Boise, Idaho, on Friday, startling residents and captivating spectators on social media as they feasted on lawns, flower bushes and tree leaves.

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Christmas comes early for London department store
Thu, 02 Aug 2018 13:06:24 -0400
On a hot summery Thursday in London, Santa Claus turned up 144 days early wearing a studded leather jacket to open the new Christmas shop at department store Selfridges.

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Fields Medal stolen from Kurdish mathematician in Rio
Wed, 01 Aug 2018 19:56:03 -0400
A winner of the Fields Medal, often called the 'Nobel Prize of mathematics,' had his prize stolen shortly after receiving it during a ceremony in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday.

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Six-year-old YouTube star brings his own toy line to Walmart
Tue, 31 Jul 2018 11:54:32 -0400
A 6-year-old boy whose toy reviews have drawn billions of views on YouTube will debut his own line of slime, stuffed animals and other merchandise at Walmart Inc next month, the retailer said on Monday.

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Split concerns force Durex to recall some condoms in UK and Ireland
Tue, 31 Jul 2018 11:53:29 -0400
Durex, owned by Reckitt Benckiser, has recalled some batches of its "Real Feel" and "Latex Free" condoms in the United Kingdom and Ireland due to concerns they may burst.

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