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'Early Mona Lisa' traced to English country home

Dec 16, 2014

'Early Mona Lisa' traced to English country home

Researchers into the provenance of a painting dubbed the “Early Mona Lisa” reported on Monday they had identified an English noble who probably bought it in Italy in the late 18th century and a country house where it was found in 1911. The revelations ...

Two U.S. babies born at 10:11 on 12/13/14

Dec 15, 2014

Two U.S. babies born at 10:11 on 12/13/14

Two U.S. babies were born at just the right minute: 10:11 on 12/13/14. Seven-pound, 14-ounce (3.53-kg) Hazel Grace was born on Saturday morning to Leisha Campbell and Shawn Zimmerman at Cleveland’s Fairview Hospital. Her family already knew she’d be born on Saturday’s special date. ...

'Afghan Bruce Lee' high-kicking his way to Internet fame

Dec 10, 2014

'Afghan Bruce Lee' high-kicking his way to Internet fame

From the ruins of a bombed-out palace above Kabul, a young Afghan man bearing a striking resemblance to kung fu legend Bruce Lee is high-kicking his way to Internet fame, aiming to show another side to his war-weary nation. Videos and photos of Abbas ...

Original Batmobile built in 1963 sells for $137,000

Dec 7, 2014

Original Batmobile built in 1963 sells for $137,000

Holy Bargain, Batman! The original Batmobile fetched $137,000 at auction on Saturday, a small fraction of the $4.2 million that a buyer paid last year for another version built for the television show that aired during the 1960s. It was the first time that ...

Dec 6, 2014

First dedicated nude beach opens near Rio

Pedro Ribeiro lives just one block away from Copacabana Beach, one of the world’s most celebrated stretches of golden sand. But almost every weekend he drives nearly three hours to soak up the sun on his own terms — in the buff. Following a ...

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 ...