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Napoleon's two-cornered hat up for grabs at French auction

Rarely have a man and his hat been so linked in the collective imagination as Napoleon and his black, two-cornered hat. Next month, a “bicorne” felt hat thought to have belonged to the French emperor will be up for auction in Fontainebleau in what the auctioneer calls the “sale of ...

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 ...

Lava spares family headstone in Big Island cemetery

Nov 5, 2014

Lava spares family headstone in Big Island cemetery

As slow-moving lava approached a cemetery in a Hawaii town, Aiko Sato placed flowers at the headstone of the family plot she’s tended to over the years, thinking it would be the last time she would see it. “I made peace with myself,” Sato ...

Spanish shepherds guide thousands of sheep across Madrid

Nov 3, 2014

Spanish shepherds guide thousands of sheep across Madrid

Shepherds guided a flock of 2,000 sheep through Madrid’s streets on Sunday in defense of ancient grazing, herding and migration rights increasingly threatened by urban sprawl and modern agricultural practices. Tourists and city-dwellers were surprised to see the capital’s traffic cut to permit the ...