Weird / Interesting

30 July 2010 [12:15]

Russian crime-busting parrot saves owner from house robbery

A crime-fighting parrot saved his owner from a house robbery by frightening off the intruders with his all-mighty squawk.
29 July 2010 [13:29]

New research explains, why "popular people" live longer

Popular people with lots of friends and a loving family live longer lives, according to new research.
28 July 2010 [13:45]

Locked-in patients may be able to drive wheelchairs and surf internet by breathing

People with severe paralysis may soon be able to surf the internet or drive a wheelchair simply by breathing, according to scientists in Israel.
28 July 2010 [13:38]

Teenager killed by stone in Azerbaijan's Shirvan city

A quarrel between neighbours in Nakhchivan Street of Shirvan region of Azerbaijan had fatal consequences.
28 July 2010 [11:45]

Best soccer goal celebration ever? - VIDEO

An Icelandic football team have become an internet sensation for celebrating their winning goals in a somewhat unique style.
28 July 2010 [11:25]

U.S. politician "under fire" for calling Islam "a cult, and not a religion"

Tennessee’s current lieutenant governor said he had reservations about whether the American Constitution, which guarantees “freedom of religion”, applied to followers of the world’s second largest faith.
27 July 2010 [18:15]

Teenager survives fall from 16th story balcony

A 15-year-old New Zealand boy has survived with minor injuries after falling 16-storeys from the balcony of his family's apartment onto a concrete floor, New Zealand media reported.
27 July 2010 [17:55]

A lot of bottle: Recycled boat crosses ocean

A boat made out of 12,500 recycled plastic bottles has reached dry land after sailing across the Pacific Ocean.
27 July 2010 [17:22]

Motherly love "does breed confidence"

Being lavished with affection by your mum as a young child makes you better able to cope with the stresses and strains of adult life, say researchers.
27 July 2010 [16:54]

Nuns sign record deal with company behind Lady Gaga

An order of Benedictine nuns which is cut off from the outside world has signed a major record deal with the company behind U2 and Lady Gaga.
27 July 2010 [16:35]

Man robs bank in clown pants and fake breasts

A man has robbed a bank wearing a woman's blond wig, fake breasts under a sweater and clown pants.
27 July 2010 [14:25]

Meteorite strikes spectators at cricket match

Two cricket fans got more than they bargained for while watching a match over the weekend and ended up being hit by a meteor strike.
27 July 2010 [11:25]

First black elected to office in Russia

In a country where racism is entrenched and often violent, an ‘Afro-Russian’ becomes the first black to be elected to office. Jean Gregoire Sagbo, of Benin descent, says he feels no racism in his town, where he is viewed as a Russian who cares about his hometown.
26 July 2010 [16:10]

Japan women's life expectancy world longest for 25th straight year

Japanese women held the world's longest life expectancy for the 25th year in row in 2009, with their average life-span hitting a record high of 86.44 years, the government said Monday.
26 July 2010 [13:40]

Giant fake shark tried to swallow "the Bronze Surfer" statue

A bronze surfer statue near San Diego has been the target of many gags, but never one this big and scary.
26 July 2010 [13:15]

Staying in education for longer staves off dementia

Education helps the brain stave off the effects of dementia, a new study claims.
24 July 2010 [13:08]

Meteorite Man: I am targeted by aliens

A man has claimed to be a victim of alien attacks after his home was repeatedly hit by meteorites over a three-year period.
24 July 2010 [12:45]

Quantum time machine 'allows paradox-free time travel'

Quantum physicists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology believe it is possible to create a time machine which could affect the past without creating a "grandfather paradox".
24 July 2010 [11:45]

"Darth Vader" attacks and robs a bank in New York

The Force was with a man when he robbed a bank wearing a Darth Vader mask and a cape.
24 July 2010 [11:27]

2 old nuns escape from the convent, over threat to be sent to retirement home

Two fugitive nuns in their 80s have gone on the run in France to escape being sent to a retirement home by their Mother Superior.
24 July 2010 [10:55]

Driver manages to "park" car into the house roof

Maria Rizzo, 34, stopped to admire the spectacular view from the street above the house in Alassio in northern Italy.
23 July 2010 [16:55]

Research: Obese women are more likely to give birth early

Women who are overweight or obese when pregnant are one third more likely to give birth early, researchers have warned.
23 July 2010 [16:09]

Robot surgeons to be used to carry out operations on patients without human assistance

Robot surgeons that can operate without human assistance may one day be able carry out routine procedures on real patients.
23 July 2010 [15:36]

New parents miss 6 months' sleep in two years - study

Parents of new babies miss out on six months worth of sleep in the first two years of their child's life, according to a study.
23 July 2010 [14:35]

Evidence of human sacrifices found on Peru's northern coast

An ancient ceremonial ground used by a Pre-Columbian civilisation for human sacrifices has been uncovered on Peru's northern coast, archaeologists said on Thursday.
23 July 2010 [14:16]

How a brain scan could help you choose the perfect career?

Brain scans may be able to help people choose their careers, scientists claim.
23 July 2010 [13:15]

Research: How often people get heart attacks because of their relationships?

Researchers have found that people who feel insecure or anxious about their lovers are nearly 50% more likely to have a heart attack or stroke than those happy with their partner.
23 July 2010 [12:55]

Rare baby leopards born in Paris

23 July 2010 [11:15]

Chinese police beat official's wife by mistake

Plainclothes police severely beat the wife of a provincial official, mistaking her for one of many Chinese who petition government offices in the hope of redressing wrongs, the China Daily reported.
23 July 2010 [10:25]

Archaeologists found "the most important discovery at the world famous site for 50 years"

Archaeologists have found Stonehenge's lost "twin" - described as the most important discovery at the world famous site for 50 years.
22 July 2010 [10:25]

Facebook reaches 500 million users

Social networking site Facebook officially has 500 million users, the company announced Wednesday, dpa reported.
20 July 2010 [14:35]

Black British couple give birth to white blue-eyed blonde baby girl - PHOTOS

This is the black couple who have amazed medical experts after their baby daughter was born with white skin, blue eyes and blonde hair.
19 July 2010 [15:23]

Germany starts 'exit program' for would-be militant Islamists

The German government set up a hotline Monday aimed at helping Muslims who feel pressured into espousing extremist ideas, the federal constitutional protection office said, DPA reported.
16 July 2010 [17:35]

Boat from 1700s found at World Trade Centre site in New York

Archaeologists working at the World Trade Centre site in New York have found the remains of a wooden ship apparently buried there more than 200 years ago.
16 July 2010 [17:07]

Saudi doctors perform operation to separate Siamese twins from Iraq

The operation to separate the Siamese twins from the Iraqi city of Najaf, Zainab and Roqiah, began here today at King Abdulaziz Medical City of the National Guardç according to SPA.
15 July 2010 [17:35]

Vending machines to sell bananas in Japan

Dole Food Company, an American-based food distributor, has plans on setting up banana vending machines in Japan.
13 July 2010 [11:25]

New Zealand dog shoots man in buttock

A New Zealand man was shot in the backside by a dog that jumped onto a loaded rifle, a news report said Tuesday, dpa reported.
10 July 2010 [13:10]

Giant alligator snapping turtle found in Midlands reservoir

An angler was left with a nasty surprise when he caught a giant turtle in a Midlands reservoir.
10 July 2010 [12:45]

Italian drivers stole nearly 2 billion Euros after "money truck" overturned on a motorway

Drivers in Italy have reportedly stolen thousands of euros after a lorry carrying ?2 million (£1.67 million) overturned on a motorway in southern Italy.
10 July 2010 [11:07]

Antibodies found that prevent most HIV strains from infecting human cells

Scientists have discovered two potent human antibodies that can stop more than 90% of known global HIV strains from infecting human cells in the laboratory, and have demonstrated how one of these disease-fighting proteins accomplishes this feat.
10 July 2010 [09:55]

Alternative Evolution: Why change your own genes when you can borrow someone else's?

It has been a basic principle of evolution for more than a century that plants and animals can adapt genetically in ways that help them better survive and reproduce.
09 July 2010 [13:45]

British shop closes after working for ...480 years

Britain's oldest ironmongers is beaten by the recession (and B&Q) and closes after 480 years.
09 July 2010 [13:25]

Taiwan Parliament: Nationalists vs Democrats, fist-fighting & cursing - PHOTOS

It's been several months since the legislators in Taiwan's parliament got into a huge brawl with each other, but they've returned to their old ways - with two hospitalised following a punch-up over a trade pact.