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VIDEO: Man showers mall in money, gets arrested

2013-12-03 09:14

The Mall of America in Minnesota was coping with the aftermath of an indoor shower of dollar bills thrown by a man who said he was down on his luck and wanted to spread Christmas cheer.

Celeb pooch dies

2012-06-06 17:05

A dog declared by the Guinness Book of World Records to be "the animal photographed with the most famous people" has died of cancer.

Man sells photo of 1860s John Travolta

2011-10-04 12:01

A Canadian man is selling a photograph taken in 1860 which he claims is of Hollywood actor John Travolta.

Budapest names Elvis Presley honorary citizen

2011-05-26 20:09

Budapest's city council has named Elvis Presley an honorary citizen of the Hungarian capital.

Men vie for moustache honours

2011-05-14 22:36

More than 100 men, some who have spent hours manicuring their facial hair, will compete this weekend in Norway at an international championship for moustache and beard growth.

Knitting book has Wills and Kate in stitches

2011-04-21 23:11

The bride's dress, it can now be revealed, is made of wool. So are the groom, the guests and the royal corgi.

Tiny horse fitted with prosthetic leg

2011-03-23 10:51

A miniature horse born without most of his right rear leg now acts like he's born to run, thanks to a new prosthetic leg.

Rare dog sells for $1.5m

2011-03-17 07:44

A Red Tibetan Mastiff puppy has become the most expensive dog in the world after being sold for $1.5m in China.

Teen charged in Facebook birthday hoax

2011-03-16 14:44

A teenager has been arrested for hijacking a girl's Facebook page and posting an open invitation to her 16th birthday party that drew over 200 000 positive replies.

App 'deletes' Charlie Sheen

2011-03-09 11:15

A global art collective has released an antidote for online Charlie Sheen overload - software that edits the headline-grabbing celebrity out of web pages.

To LOL or not?

2011-03-07 15:22

There was a time when LOL - "laughing out loud" - was so simple.

Too much dating choice leaves you alone

2011-03-02 15:33

Scientists have made a surprising discovery - the more options you have for choosing a lover, the likelier you are to end up with no one.

Vanessa Haywood: I'd eat a rat again

2011-03-01 13:41

The Survivor South Africa: Maldives contestant has described the "desperate" situation on the island that drove her to eat rat meat.

Bloem's own Justin Bieber discovered

2011-02-24 10:39

A young singing sensation has caused a media frenzy after a newspaper published his photo asking, "Where in the world is Vicus?"

TV reporter suffered migraine not stroke

2011-02-18 16:24

A TV reporter who has lapsed into gibberish during a live shot outside the Grammys suffered a migraine, her doctors have said.

Twilight fan lied about bite marks

2011-02-14 13:19

A teen has told police that bite marks on her body came from Twilight-inspired vampire role playing - not from someone who attacked her while she was out jogging.

'Thinking cap' makes brain waves

2011-02-10 19:13

Scientists are encouraged by initial results of a revolutionary "thinking cap" that aims to promote creativity by passing low levels of electricity through the brain.

Don't just eat dinner - wear it

2011-02-10 08:21

If you really loved your meal at one New York restaurant, you can now walk out with the skin of the animal you ate.

Language gives dating clues

2011-02-02 15:39

Researchers have found a new way to predict the success of a relationship - compare the speaking style of a couple.

China university bans photocopies

2011-01-19 08:42

Students and faculty at China's top university are being told they can no longer photocopy documents considered subversive.

Pet owners see a 6th sense

2011-01-12 15:15

Two-thirds of American pet owners say their pets have a sixth sense about bad weather.

Man dumps 'demon' wife

2011-01-06 12:28

A Malaysian man abandoned his wife after a temple medium convinced him that she was a demon who wanted to kill him.

Lotto winner tosses tickets

2011-01-03 08:24

A lottery player nearly lost millions in winnings after tossing tickets in the rubbish only to later discover they were winners.

Iconic face of 'Rosie the Riveter' dies

2010-12-31 14:36

A Michigan factory worker used as the unwitting model for the wartime Rosie the Riveter poster has died.

 

Ex-East Germany radiates tropical climes in old hangar

2014-02-10 09:26

Soaring above a pine forest in the heart of former communist East Germany, a huge hangar has been transformed into a popular, if unlikely, tropical getaway.

Send your teddy on tour

2013-10-23 12:32

Feeling a little cooped up, but can't afford to take a break right now? There's a simple solution - send your favourite teddy off into the world with this tour operator for soft toys.

Students nab Sea Point sculpture

2011-10-18 10:56

One suffered a broken foot, the other was pushed over and now one of the 18 life-size sculptures on the Sea Point promenade has been stolen.

Love letter arrives after 50 years

2011-07-16 08:08

The long-lost love letter to a US college student is on its way to him after a delay of more than 50 years.

Russell Brand deported from Japan

2011-05-23 14:30

Russell Brand was told to leave Japan because of his criminal past after he flew into the country with his wife Katy Perry.

Royal wedding tattoo screw up

2011-05-06 10:53

A British man has got a royal wedding tattoo with the wrong date on.

Man names baby girl Facebook

2011-04-15 17:55

An Egyptian man has named his baby girl Facebook.

'Worst song ever' a YouTube hit

2011-03-22 09:09

A song by a California teenager that has been mercilessly panned by music critics has topped 30 million views on YouTube and rocketed up iTunes charts.

Johnny Depp is 'hat person of the year'

2011-03-16 17:36

Johnny Depp has been crowned "hat person of the year", beating out other celebrity hat-wearers including singer Gwen Stefani and Hugh Jackman.

Gareth Cliff teams up with SA's Bieber

2011-03-11 14:52

Vicus Visser has acquired Gareth Cliff as a manager, and will be recording three songs at a studio in Johannesburg.

Couple marries in Skype wedding

2011-03-08 09:34

A California couple whose wedding plans appeared thwarted have married in a ceremony conducted over Skype.

'Rock star' in New Zealand quake

2011-03-03 14:46

A rock has emerged as a star of the Christchurch earthquake, gaining a name, a personality and a value, as well as becoming a symbol of the devastation.

Wallis Simpson's lingerie up for auction

2011-03-01 16:38

Lingerie and luggage once owned by Wallis Simpson, the divorcée who shook the British monarchy, are due to be auctioned off.

Breast milk ice cream goes on sale

2011-02-26 13:00

Gross or tasty? A London company is offering an unusual dessert - ice cream made with human breast milk.

Moms love boomerang boys - study

2011-02-22 15:45

Parents are three times more likely to allow their adult sons to return to the family home than daughters, a survey has revealed.

Teen on hunger strike for royal invite

2011-02-18 09:17

A Mexican teenager is staging a hunger strike in a bid to secure an invitation to the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Sexy iPad gadgets 'not that sexy'

2011-02-11 08:32

Both men and women felt it was slightly more alluring to see someone reading a book than wielding an iPad or smartphone, a study has found.

London museum stages animal sex show

2011-02-10 15:50

A London museum is throwing caution to the wind for an exhibition on sex in the animal kingdom - just in time for Valentine's Day.

Valentine's Day crackdown planned

2011-02-09 08:56

Several Malaysian states are planning a crackdown on "immoral acts" during Valentine's Day as part of a campaign to encourage a sin-free lifestyle.

Survey shows social networking leads to sex

2011-01-25 07:05

A high percentage of people say they believe texting, Facebook and other social networking tools cause new couples to jump into bed faster.

iPhone-controlled fridge shoots beer

2011-01-14 18:36

A US man's invention will ensure people no longer have to walk to the fridge to get a beer.

'Golden voice' homeless man finds success

2011-01-07 08:16

A viral video has propelled a homeless man, who was filmed begging for money with a baritone-rich radio voice, to national attention.

Sri Lanka considers mini-skirt ban

2011-01-03 17:53

Sri Lanka has said it was considering banning mini-skirts following complaints about women wearing skimpy clothing in the conservative island nation.

110-year-old to marry - again

2011-01-02 09:29

A 110-year-old man who has been looking for a wife said he was ready to marry again after an 82-year-old woman responded to his wish.

Millions gathering for New Year

2010-12-31 11:31

Enthusiastic Australians are camped out at parks alongside the Sydney Harbour Bridge to win the best view of spectacular New Year's Eve fireworks.

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