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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 ...

Nov 19, 2014

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

Suffering from stress? Not feeling sexy? High in the Andean mountains, some locals believe 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 the ...

Nov 17, 2014

Atari games buried in U.S. landfill net $37,000 on eBay

What some have called the worst video game ever made has fetched thousands of dollars for a city in New Mexico. An old “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial” game cartridge drew the highest bid among 100 Atari games auctioned on eBay by Alamogordo officials. The games ...

World's tallest and shortest men meet on Guinness World Records Day

Nov 14, 2014

World's tallest and shortest men meet on Guinness World Records Day

The world’s tallest and shortest men met Thursday to celebrate the 10th annual Guinness World Records Day, as people across the globe set several bonkers new benchmarks. Turkey’s Sultan Kosen, who stands 2.51 meters tall, met with Chandra Bahadur Dangi from Nepal, who measures ...

Rubik's Cube, soap bubbles among Toy Hall of Fame inductees

Nov 7, 2014

Rubik's Cube, soap bubbles among Toy Hall of Fame inductees

Soap bubbles, little green army men and Rubik’s Cube are the latest inductees to the U.S. National Toy Hall of Fame, the National Museum of Play announced Thursday. They were among 12 toys considered this year for the honor, alongside the likes of American ...