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Thai man bloodied but unbowed after snake attacks him in toilet

A Thai man is recovering from a bloody encounter with a 3-meter (10-foot) python that slithered through the plumbing of his home and latched its jaws onto his penis as he was using a squat toilet. Attaporn Boonmakchuay was smiling as television stations interviewed him in his hospital bed about ...

Fish photographed inside a jellyfish

Jun 9, 2016

Fish photographed inside a jellyfish

A fish has been pictured swimming inside a jellyfish off Australia’s east coast in a remarkable and rare image that has gone viral, with more than 2 million online views. Underwater photographer Tim Samuel was in the water with a friend near the popular ...

Jun 2, 2016

Kangaroo ruptures Australian woman's breast implants

A kangaroo jumped onto a woman cycling in South Australia, rupturing her breast implants and using her as a “little airbag,” she told local media Tuesday. Sharon Heinrich, 45, was on the Riesling Trail in the Clare Valley with her friend when the “cute” ...

Forbidden fruit: China bans 'erotic' banana-eating live streams

May 8, 2016

Forbidden fruit: China bans 'erotic' banana-eating live streams

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Bananas may be China’s new forbidden fruit — at least online. As part of the government’s crackdown on “inappropriate” content online, Chinese live-streaming video services have banned people from filming themselves while eating bananas “erotically,” state media has reported. New regulations mean hosts of ...

Apr 22, 2016

Man pleads guilty over yoga altercation on airplane

A tourist accused of becoming violent because he couldn’t do yoga on a plane pleaded guilty Thursday to interfering with a flight crew. As part of a plea deal, Hyongtae Pae is expected to be sentenced to time served, which was about 12 days, ...

Enthusiastic artist gets granular with Taiwan's president-elect

Apr 21, 2016

Enthusiastic artist gets granular with Taiwan's president-elect

A Taiwan artist has refused to see the big picture and instead captured the likeness of president-elect Tsai Ing-wen, to celebrate her inauguration next month, on a single grain of rice. Chen Forng-Shean, who has also sculpted the face of China’s late Chairman Mao ...

Apr 1, 2016

April Fools' Day is no joke: Xinhua

April Fools’ Day is no laughing matter, China’s official news service intoned Friday, saying the Western tradition of opening spring with a gag was un-Chinese. The official news agency Xinhua’s stiffly worded post on micro-blog Weibo declared: “Today is the West’s so-called ‘April Fools.’ ...

Mar 31, 2016

Man arrested after doing yoga, meditating on airplane: FBI

A Japan-bound airplane returned to Hawaii because of a violent South Korean passenger who wanted to do yoga instead of sit in his seat, the FBI said. The pilot of the March 26 United Airlines flight from Honolulu International Airport to Narita International Airport ...

Mar 29, 2016

China gets tough on foreign-sounding street and development names

China will clamp down on foreign-sounding and bizarre names after too many streets and developments called “Manhattan” or “Venice” have popped up amid decades of frenzied building, a government official says. Civil Affairs minister Li Liguo said in a recently televised speech that the ...

Thousands marry in mass South Korea wedding ceremony

Feb 20, 2016

Thousands marry in mass South Korea wedding ceremony

About 3,000 couples from 62 countries tied the knot in South Korea on Saturday, in a mass wedding ceremony conducted by the Unification Church founded by the late Reverend Sun Myung Moon. A further 12,000 couples worldwide participated in the ceremony via the Internet, ...