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Austrian town officials resign after Nazi basement film

VIENNA (Reuters) – Two conservative town council members in eastern Austria have resigned from their posts and left the People’s Party after a documentary film showed them singing and toasting one another in a basement room filled with Nazi memorabilia. The case has prompted extensive media coverage in Austria, which is still coming to terms with its past as part of Nazi Germany after Adolf Hitler, who was born in Austria, annexed the country in 1938. …

Posted on 19 September 2014 | 10:20 am

India TV anchor’s number is up after naming China’s Xi ‘Eleven’

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – An Indian TV news anchor has been sacked after she referred to Chinese President Xi Jinping as ‘Eleven’ Jinping, apparently confusing Xi’s name with the Roman numerals XI, a senior official at the state television channel said on Friday, . Xi left India on Friday after a visit to boost trade and economic ties that have been marred by a long-standing border dispute. The blooper occurred on a show on Doordarshan news on Wednesday. “It is an unpardonable mistake,” the official told Reuters on the condition of anonymity, saying the anchor was employed on a casual basis. …

Posted on 19 September 2014 | 8:09 am

Ig Nobel winner: Using pork to stop nosebleeds

Kiyoshi Mabuchi, of Japan, demonstrates measuring the amount of friction between a shoe and a banana skin, and between a banana skin and the floor, when a person steps on a banana skin that's on the floor during his acceptance speech after winning the physics award during a performance at the Ig Nobel Prize ceremony at Harvard University, in Cambridge, Mass.,Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. The Ig Nobel prize is an award handed out by the Annals of Improbable Research magazine for silly sounding scientific discoveries that often have surprisingly practical applications. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)BOSTON (AP) — There's some truth to the effectiveness of folk remedies and old wives' tales when it comes to serious medical issues, according to findings by a team from Detroit Medical Center.

Posted on 19 September 2014 | 12:42 am

Banana peel study, ugly art research win Ig Nobel spoof awards

Abrahams, Master of ceremonies and editor of the Annals of Improbable Research, holds a prize at the 24th First Annual Ig Nobel Prizes awards ceremony at Harvard University in CambridgeBy Richard Valdmanis BOSTON (Reuters) – Researchers who measured the slipperiness of banana peels, the ability of pork strips to stop nosebleeds, and the reactions of reindeer to humans in polar bear suits were among the winners of this year's Ig Nobel prizes for comical scientific achievements. The annual prizes, meant to entertain and encourage global research and innovation, are awarded by the Annals of Improbable Research as a whimsical counterpart to the Nobel Prizes which will be announced next month. Among the 10 awards, four went to researchers that took a peculiar interest in food. …

Posted on 19 September 2014 | 12:09 am

Missing Philadelphia dog found safe in Oregon, 3,000 miles from home

By Courtney Sherwood PORTLAND Ore. (Reuters) – A dog that went missing in Philadelphia five months ago has turned up 3,000 miles away – in a Portland-area animal shelter and officials say they have no idea how the Jack Russell terrier named Gidget made the cross-country trip. “It is an absolute mystery to everyone how little Gidget ended up here,” said Deborah Wood, animal services manager at the shelter. “We are just thrilled that she was microchipped and that the owner’s information was current. …

Posted on 18 September 2014 | 9:22 pm

San Francisco drag queens meet with Facebook over name policy

The Facebook logo is pictured at the Facebook headquarters in Menlo ParkSAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – San Francisco drag queens and a city lawmaker met with Facebook on Wednesday demanding the site change its policy banning users from using aliases online, but said they were rebuffed. Facebook, the world's largest social media network, has cracked down on users with fake names. A company spokesman said it had locked scores of accounts in recent weeks, including hundreds owned by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. …

Posted on 18 September 2014 | 8:29 pm

Cat Lover Spends 15 Years Customizing House for Feline Friends

Detecting a home that houses multiple cats is sometimes very easy, but none have as much cat-itude as Greg Krueger’s home in St. James, Minn. The 49-year-old has been constructing the perfect (read: purrrfect) habitat over the last 15 years for his four cat friends/roommates. The house features about 100 yards of overhead catwalks, elaborate staircases, and secret hideouts that feature comfortable padding and soft lighting. Some of the openings in the walls are shaped like cats, and one is in the shape of a bird.

Posted on 18 September 2014 | 7:38 pm

Drunken Tennessee man vows to join Islamic State after arrest -police

Metropolitan Nashville Police Department photo of Marco DominguezBy Tim Ghianni NASHVILLE Tenn. (Reuters) – A Tennessee man charged with drunken driving on Thursday told the police officer who arrested him that he would join the Islamic State militant group and seek revenge, Nashville police said. "I am going to join ISIS. When I do, you will be the first person I will kill," suspect Marco Antonio Dominguez, using an acronym for the group, said from the back seat of the Nashville police car that took him to jail, according to a prosecution affidavit. …

Posted on 18 September 2014 | 5:53 pm

Leaking lime juice sends responders to cargo jet

KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — A mysterious liquid leaking on a cargo jet sent emergency responders to the island that is home to the Ketchikan, Alaska, airport.

Posted on 18 September 2014 | 5:24 pm

Armed with banana, man robs Philadelphia store, slips away on bike

Robbery suspect uses banana in holdupBy Daniel Kelley PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – A man armed with a banana robbed a convenience store in Philadelphia and rode away on a bicycle with cash and cigarettes, a security surveillance tape showed. The suspect strolled into Tejada Grocery and got in line behind another customer at the counter, where individual bananas were available for sale, according to the tape of Tuesday's robbery, which was released by police on Wednesday. As his turn at the cash register approached, the man stuffed a banana into the pocket of his hoodie and used it to simulate a gun. …

Posted on 18 September 2014 | 4:25 pm

Weird News – Funny and strange news – How About That

Stingray jumps onto ramp for food

Watch what this stingray does to get food

Posted on 19 September 2014 | 4:07 pm

Divers come face-to-face with crocodiles

Would you dare swim up this close to a crocodile?

Posted on 19 September 2014 | 3:58 pm

Cute koalas fight in Australian park

Watch as these adorable koala bears settle a dispute in and Australian park to the delight of tourists

Posted on 19 September 2014 | 3:40 pm

The one-handed piano sonata for busy parents

This busy composer finds a novel approach to balanding parenting with piano playing – one-handed

Posted on 19 September 2014 | 1:04 pm

Lightning strikes storm chaser

Watch the terrifying moment a bolt of lightning strikes a car heading towards a storm

Posted on 19 September 2014 | 11:54 am

Pictures of the day: 19 September 2014

Swimming with whale sharks, playful tigers and the Scottish Referendum

Posted on 19 September 2014 | 10:45 am

Watch: 400mph land speed test halted by exploding fire extinguisher

Dramatic footage shows the terrifying moment a fire extinguisher fills a speed test driver’s cockpit with foam

Posted on 19 September 2014 | 9:32 am

Apple iPhone 6 Plus teardown, in pictures

What is inside the Apple iPhone 6 Plus? iFixit teardown Apple’s latest mobile phone.

Posted on 19 September 2014 | 9:04 am

CNN gaffe shows 110 per cent turnout in Scottish referendum

American news network CNN feature a graphic which shows that 110 per cent of the Scottish population have been polled

Posted on 19 September 2014 | 8:53 am

Watch: RAF Sea King takes part in epic joint live exercise with emergency services

An RAF Sea King helicopter and a Chinook take part in the largest multi-agency live exercise in recent times

Posted on 18 September 2014 | 6:30 pm

Reuters Video: Oddly Enough

Riding a bike "side-saddle"

Irish inventor debuts a new bicycle in Paris – one that travels sideways. Sasha Salama reports.

Posted on 18 September 2014 | 7:35 pm

From car parts to life-size transformers in China

Chinese villagers make life-size “Tranformers” action figures from scrap metal. Sasha Salama reports.

Posted on 18 September 2014 | 4:48 pm

Japanese keep ancient archery tradition alive

Based on rituals of warrior samurai, Japanese horseback archery continues to draw crowds. Sharon Reich reports.

Posted on 17 September 2014 | 9:25 pm

French restaurants make fine dining affordable for foodies

Food lovers are able to experience some of France’s finest restaurants at half the price during a week-long festival. Sharon Reich reports.

Posted on 17 September 2014 | 8:31 pm

Brits throw black pudding to re-enact old rivalry

Black pudding, a mix of congealed pigs’ blood, fat and rusk encased in lengths of intestines, takes centre stage in the annual throwing championships in Northern England. Elly Park reports.

Posted on 16 September 2014 | 8:01 pm

Celebs speak up in Scottish independence debate

With Scotland’s independence referendum imminent the debate has drawn a range of opinions from celebrities, including “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling, Sean Connery and David Bowie. Elly Park reports.

Posted on 16 September 2014 | 6:13 pm

Flying a plane using power of the mind

German scientists develop a technology which they think could allow planes to be steered using only signals from the brain. Jim Drury has more.

Posted on 16 September 2014 | 4:38 pm

Philippines breeds its first baby penguin

Marine park in the Philippines breeds a baby Humboldt penguin in the country’s first hatching program for the species. Elly Park reports.

Posted on 16 September 2014 | 3:50 pm

Nowhere to hide for this horror film

As part of its 8th edition of the Month of Independent Culture, Sao Paulo showcases horror films in a cemetery. Tara Cleary reports.

Posted on 15 September 2014 | 9:50 pm

Beards and mustaches to make your hair stand on end

The world’s hairiest men chin-stroke and pose at the UK Beard and Mustache Championships. Tara Cleary reports.

Posted on 15 September 2014 | 9:08 pm