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Darts-Players let rip in flatulence row at Grand Slam of Darts

(Reuters) - Players set more than just their arrows flying at the Grand Slam of Darts this week, with opponents rowing over who had emitted noxious smells during their match, media reported on Saturday. Twice world champion Scotsman Gary Anderson, 47, won...

Saturday, November 17, 2018, 10:45 AM

Japan cybersecurity and Olympics minister: 'I've never used a computer'

(Corrects minister's time in parliament in second paragraph of this Nov. 14 story.) TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's recently appointed cybersecurity and Olympics minister has told parliament he has never used a computer in his life, though he is responsible for...

Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 11:00 PM

Soccer: Referee banned by FA after rock, paper, scissors blunder

LONDON (Reuters) - Referee David McNamara has been handed a three-week ban by the English FA for asking two captains to play rock, paper, scissors to decide the kick-off before a Women's Super League (WSL) match after forgetting his coin, British media reported on Tuesday...

Tuesday, November 13, 2018, 8:00 PM

'Frog ladders' help critters escape death-trap drains

By Matthew Stock WARWICK, England (Reuters) - A small group of British conservationists are installing mesh- covered ladders in roadside drains to save...

Wednesday, November 7, 2018, 8:45 AM

Rotten shark made you queasy? A vomit bag for every guest at the Disgusting Food Museum

MALMO, Sweden (Reuters) - The dead mouse in the Chinese wine sure looks nasty, and the maggots in the cheese tend to put people off. But nothing is more horrible to an unaccustomed palate than the Icelandic fermented shark. It's the...

Friday, November 2, 2018, 8:01 AM

Indian diamond merchant makes gift of 600 cars to staff with Modi's help

By Alasdair Pal NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi helped a diamond merchant hand over hundreds of cars as gifts to his employees on Thursday. Six hundred employees of Hari Krishna Exporters, a diamond trading company...

Friday, October 26, 2018, 5:00 AM

Eggs with benefits: Sydney's same-sex penguins become parents

By Kate Ashton SYDNEY (Reuters) - Two male penguins entrusted with the care of a fostered egg have welcomed a tiny sub-Antarctic Gentoo chick...

Friday, October 26, 2018, 12:00 AM

No money down the drain for Philippine sanitation workers

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippines sanitation workers unblocking a drain discovered dozens of wallets had been clogging it up, some containing credit cards and IDs, but no money. A man working near the scene shot video footage showing the workers in a...

Thursday, October 18, 2018, 6:00 AM

She came, she saw, she conquered, British woman claims conker crown

LONDON (Reuters) - Standing in a rain soaked English village, more than 200 competitors armed with horse chestnuts dangling from shoelaces faced off for the World Conker Championship. The quintessential...

Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 2:46 AM

Kangaroo attacks couple in northeastern Australia, injures woman

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian wildlife carers Jim and Linda Smith are lucky to be alive, an ambulance official said, after they were attacked by a kangaroo in northeastern Queensland state. The Smiths were feeding wild kangaroos on their property in the Darling...

Monday, October 15, 2018, 1:45 AM

A wagging finger sticking out of your mobile phone is creepy. Why?

PARIS (Reuters) - A French researcher has invented a robot finger that attaches to your mobile phone. It can wriggle across your desk. It can stroke your hand. And...

Thursday, October 11, 2018, 9:46 AM

Purrfect job; Russian town hires cat chief to attend to strays

MOSCOW (Reuters) - It was an unusual job advert. Wanted: Cat chief. Location: Zelenogradsk, Russia: Duties: Tending to the town's approximately 70 stray cats. Some 80 applicants applied for the new role with the municipality in the small town in the Kaliningrad...

Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 2:45 PM

And the fattest bear in Alaska is ... 409 Beadnose

By Yereth Rosen ANCHORAGE (Reuters) - In an Alaska clash of tubby titans that has become a social media sensation, a shaggy, brown and possibly pregnant mother known as 409 Beadnose was crowned on Tuesday as Fattest Bear of 2018. Beadnose nosed...

Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 12:00 AM

Axe throwing takes aim at sunny Los Angeles

By Rory Carroll LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Axe throwing may not seem to have a place in Los Angeles, where sun and surf reign supreme, but the city's first venue featuring the niche sport is counting on...

Tuesday, October 9, 2018, 10:46 PM

Dogs owners march on UK parliament demanding new Brexit 'Wooferendum'

LONDON (Reuters) - Around a thousand dogs and their owners marched on Britain's parliament on Sunday demanding an end to Brexit via a second vote on the terms of the country's exit from the European Union...

Sunday, October 7, 2018, 11:00 AM

Rwandan entrepreneur woos drinkers with beetroot wine

KIGALI (Reuters) - Rwandans enjoy eating beetroot but entrepreneur Assumpta Uwamariya has found a novel use for the vegetable...

Friday, October 5, 2018, 1:46 PM

Whoops! Typos on highway signs vex drivers from New York to Ohio

By Barbara Goldberg NEW YORK (Reuters) - When a typo appears on a road sign, fixing the error is not as easy as hitting "backspace" or opening a giant container of Wite-Out. In some cases, it can take more than 50 years. Generations of literate...

Thursday, October 4, 2018, 12:45 PM

Houston officials block brothel from featuring sex dolls

(Reuters) - The Houston City Council on Wednesday prevented what was billed as the first brothel in the United States equipped with sex dolls from opening in the Texas city, altering a local ordinance to block the business and any others like it. The...

Wednesday, October 3, 2018, 2:46 PM

Paddle your own pumpkin: German racers swap boats for vegetables

LOHMAR, Germany (Reuters) - With a look of apprehension, a blond woman clad in a wetsuit wobbles her way onto a lake in western Germany in a huge, hollowed-out vegetable. Paddle held aloft, she's a contestant in the Krewelshofer lake's annual...

Wednesday, October 3, 2018, 12:45 PM

Putting on the dog: Thai ad agency employees bring pets to work

By Jiraporn Kuhakan and Panu Wongcha-um BANGKOK (Reuters) - Nimo bounds out of a car in a rush to get to work at a Bangkok advertising agency, but Nimo is no ordinary employee. He's a...

Tuesday, October 2, 2018, 12:46 AM