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Dec 5, 2014

Massive white truffle to be sold at New York auction

An Italian white truffle, reportedly the largest in the world, will be sold at an in-house and online auction in New York on Saturday where bidding is expected to start at $50,000 and could go much higher, Sotheby’s said on Thursday. The auction house ...

Dec 4, 2014

Australia: Embassies not there for absurd requests

No, you can’t get a loan to pay for a prostitute in Thailand. And seeking assistance to evict a polecat above a ceiling in the U.S. is going to be futile. Australia is taking steps to curb such absurd requests that its traveling citizens ...

Dec 4, 2014

About 100 brains missing from University of Texas

The University of Texas at Austin is missing about 100 brains. That’s about half of the specimens the university had in a collection of brains preserved in jars of formaldehyde. One of the missing brains preserved is believed to have belonged to clock tower ...

Eiffel Tower's latest star attraction: army of grazing sheep

Nov 28, 2014

Eiffel Tower's latest star attraction: army of grazing sheep

French farmers flocked to the Eiffel Tower on Thursday, sheep in tow, to express their frustration over increasing attacks by wolves which some say have been “overprotected” by the government. Some 300 sheep bleated or lazily grazed at the foot of the French capital’s ...

Nov 28, 2014

Earthlings to beam 90,000 hellos to Mars

Radio telescopes on Earth will beam 90,000 messages to Mars on Friday to commemorate the launch 50 years ago of the first robotic probe to visit the planet. A U.S. space funding company called Uwingu organized the extraterrestrial shout-out to mark the 50th anniversary ...

Nov 28, 2014

Porpoise slaughter: Seals fingered in whodunnit

It seemed like an open-and-shut case — a beach mystery that a 10-year-old detective with an ice cream and some time on his hands could figure out. For the better part of a decade, hundreds of harbor porpoises washed up along the southeastern coastline ...

Obama defends legal authority — to pardon turkeys

Nov 27, 2014

Obama defends legal authority — to pardon turkeys

President Barack Obama is defending his legal authority to take executive actions — to spare a pair of Thanksgiving turkeys. Obama joked that his annual turkey pardon will be his “most talked about executive action this month.” Last week, the president issued a series ...

Woolly mammoth skeleton fetches £189,000 at U.K. auction

Nov 27, 2014

Woolly mammoth skeleton fetches £189,000 at U.K. auction

The skeleton of an Ice Age woolly mammoth fetched £189,000 ($300,000, €239.000) at auction Wednesday as it went under the hammer in Britain with a host of other rare or extinct species. The 5.5-meter-long skeleton made up of more than 150 bones lay in ...

Metrosexuals be gone: Europe is agog for beards

Nov 25, 2014

Metrosexuals be gone: Europe is agog for beards

Jakub Marczewski grew a beard six years ago because he was too lazy to shave. Now he finds himself in the middle of a global trend. The 21-year-old got his hair and beard trimmed at a new shop with a hip retro vibe, the ...

Cassady letter that inspired  Kerouac found

Nov 24, 2014

Cassady letter that inspired Kerouac found

It’s been called the letter that launched a literary genre — 16,000 amphetamine-fueled, stream-of-consciousness words written by Neal Cassady to his friend Jack Kerouac in 1950. Upon reading them, Kerouac scrapped an early draft of “On The Road” and, during a three-week writing binge, ...

Nov 20, 2014

London's bankers battle in the boxing ring

Gasping for breath and bleeding from a thick lip, Nick “Suicide” Seto exited the ring. But the pain of defeat would be forgotten the next day when he returned to work at a London bank. “I love winning, so it hurts, but I hope ...

Not feeling sexy? Try frog juice fresh from the blender!

Nov 19, 2014

Not feeling sexy? Try frog juice fresh from the blender!

Suffering from stress? Not feeling sexy? High in the Andes Mountains, some locals believe that putting frogs in a blender is the answer. Unfortunately, there is no scientific evidence confirming any medicinal benefits from frog juice. And the frogs that Peruvians use are from ...