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Filipinos nailed to cross in Easter ritual frowned on by church

By Erik de Castro CUTUD, Philippines (Reuters) – Nearly 20 Filipinos and a Danish filmmaker were nailed to crosses to re-enact the crucifixion of Christ on Good Friday, a practice the Roman Catholic Church frowns upon as a distortion of the Easter message. The annual Philippine ritual draws thousands of spectators to San Fernando, 80 km (50 miles) north of Manila, to see penitents flagellate themselves and a series of crucifixions in a recreation of Christ’s death on the cross. “It was a great experience between me and God,” 48-year-old Danish film director and stunt coordinator Lasse Spang Olsen, who stayed on the cross for more than 10 minutes, told Reuters before being treated for his wounds. Christianity teaches that Jesus Christ died on the cross on Good Friday and rose from the dead two days later, on Easter Sunday.

Posted on 18 April 2014 | 9:30 am

Fly me to Sochi, demands Cathay passenger armed with chocolate bar, court hears

A passenger on board a Hong Kong-bound Cathay Pacific flight, armed only with a Toblerone chocolate bar, demanded the plane fly to Sochi so he could watch the Winter Olympics, a court heard. Antti Oskari Manselius, 23, from Finland, also made a false bomb threat on the February 14 flight from Amsterdam and said he was robbing the plane, the South China Morning Post reported on Friday. Two flight attendants told the court that they saw Manselius walking towards the cockpit. He held the Toblerone chocolate bar “like a sword”, the newspaper said, quoting one of the attendants.

Posted on 18 April 2014 | 6:42 am

Tacoma zoo’s trained owl spooked, flies off

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A Tacoma zoo says a Eurasian eagle owl named Forrest that is trained to fly during performances of its outdoor theater got spooked and flew off into a nearby park.

Posted on 18 April 2014 | 12:00 am

Freedom of religion? Yes. Freedom from religion? No.

Warren, Michigan is not a city with complete separation of church and state as is evident at city hall.

Posted on 17 April 2014 | 10:10 pm

Lance Armstrong explains how to change a flat tire

A video from Outside magazine features the disgraced cyclist working in a bike shop.

Posted on 17 April 2014 | 9:12 pm

Café has no plans to remove phallic sign

A report says it’s a real sign on a real establishment in Arlington’s Ballston (real name) neighborhood.

Posted on 17 April 2014 | 9:12 pm

Man avoids $525 fine for refill at SC hospital

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A man who faced a $525 fine for refilling an 89-cent drink at a Veterans Affairs hospital apparently will get off with a warning.

Posted on 17 April 2014 | 8:32 pm

Man’s soda refill costs him $525 and gets him slapped with a federal charge

A Charleston, South Carolina man is speaking out after receiving a $525 ticket following his soda refill at a Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital.

Posted on 17 April 2014 | 8:10 pm

Man kicked out of Florida city basketball rec league for being HIV-positive

He might sue the city of Kissimmee, Florida over it.

Posted on 17 April 2014 | 7:13 pm

Man allows 72-year-old who unwittingly bought his stolen car keep it

Derk West of Boonville, Indiana had his car stolen and then did something very generous when he could have just taken it back.

Posted on 17 April 2014 | 5:11 pm

Weird News – Funny and strange news – How About That

Is Kurt Coleman the vainest boy in the world?

Self-obsession and selfies rocket Australian teenager to Internet fame

Posted on 18 April 2014 | 2:29 pm

Russian firefighter rides wet ‘magic carpet’

A firefighter in Russia hovers metres off the ground on a home-made jet-pack

Posted on 18 April 2014 | 2:06 pm

Taxidermy for tea? Walter Potter’s best work

In pics: the disturbing work of Victorian taxidermist Walter Potter

Posted on 18 April 2014 | 1:00 pm

In pictures: the bizarre world of taxidermist Walter Potter

In pictures: the bizarre work of Victorian taxidermist Walter Potter

Posted on 18 April 2014 | 1:00 pm

Chris the runaway rhea found

Fugitive 6ft bird is spotted in a field of rapeseed near golf club in Hertfordshire as quest continues to bring the animal in

Posted on 18 April 2014 | 12:39 pm

In pictures: Spectacular ice climbing on Iceland’s Sólheimajökull glacier

Keith Ladzinski photographs climbers scaling the Sólheimajökull glacier

Posted on 18 April 2014 | 12:29 pm

Bedding firm owner finds 5ft snake in hire van

North American Red Corn Snake found by Steve Potter, who handed van back to Bury Van Hire

Posted on 18 April 2014 | 11:44 am

Easter in pictures: Good Friday celebrations around the world

Easter in pictures: Holy Week celebrations across the globe

Posted on 18 April 2014 | 10:57 am

Pictures of the day: 18 April 2014

Cruising alpacas, mother ducks and Easter commemorations

Posted on 18 April 2014 | 8:49 am

38 million gallon reservoir drained after teenager caught urinating

Mount Tabor Reservoir in Portland, Oregon, had to be drained after the water was contaminated

Posted on 18 April 2014 | 8:39 am

Reuters Video: Oddly Enough

Slovenian artist creates egg-cellent beauty

Apr. 17 – A Slovenian artist makes decorative, lace-like Easter eggs by drilling thousands of holes in eggs shells. Elly Park reports.

Posted on 17 April 2014 | 7:21 pm

Argentine zoo shows off adorable white tiger cubs

Apr. 17 – Three-month old white Bengal tiger triplets make their public debut at Buenos Aires Zoo . Elly Park reports.

Posted on 17 April 2014 | 5:18 pm

Recycled water system saves big bucks and helps keep homes green

Apr 16 – ‘Greywater’ system saves homeowners thousands of gallons per year with the pull of a lever. Sharon Reich reports.

Posted on 16 April 2014 | 9:42 pm

Lonely panda gets own TV set in Chinese zoo

April 16 – A zoo in southwest China installs a television to entertain a lonely panda after her companion was moved elsewhere. Sharon Reich reports.

Posted on 16 April 2014 | 9:42 pm

Seal cub found in eastern Sweden harbor

Apr. 15 – Residents in the seaside resort of Sundsvall are greeted by an unusual sight – a seal cub in the town’s harbor. Tara Cleary reports.

Posted on 15 April 2014 | 6:31 pm

Possible Banksy graffiti appears near British spy agency

April 15 – An artwork near the headquarters of Britain’s spy agency, Government Communications Headquarters, known as GCHQ, is believed to have been the work of renegade street artist Banksy. Tara Cleary reports.

Posted on 15 April 2014 | 4:21 pm

Rubbee set to electrify cycling

Apr. 15 – A Lithuanian inventor has come up with an attachable device that can transform an ordinary bicycle into an electric motorbike. Gediminas Nemanis says his device, called the Rubbee, offers cyclists the chance to ‘go electric’ simply by switching a lever. Debi Bell-Hosking reports.

Posted on 15 April 2014 | 4:13 pm

Soda saves home from fire

April 15 – Valparaiso man credits soda and beer for saving his house from fire. Katie Sargent reports.

Posted on 15 April 2014 | 9:31 am

Christie’s New York displays largest flawless fancy vivid blue diamond ever at auction

April 14 – Nicknamed ‘The Blue,’ the largest fancy blue rock is pegged to fetch 21 million to 25 million U.S. dollars at auction.

Posted on 14 April 2014 | 9:27 pm

Rodin sculptures meet Mapplethorpe photos in Paris art show

April 14 – A new exhibition explores connections between beloved French sculptor August Rodin and controversial U.S. photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. Sharon Reich reports.

Posted on 14 April 2014 | 8:52 pm