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If marathons weren't hard enough already: strap a tree to your back

By Katharine Houreld NAIROBI (Reuters) - This Sunday in South Africa, an accountant, an entrepreneur and a boxing executive are among 20 friends running the Cape Town marathon - with saplings strapped to their backs....

Sunday, September 15, 2019 - 10:00am

Thieves steal $5 million gold toilet from Britain's Blenheim Palace

LONDON (Reuters) - Burglars have stolen a fully-functional 18-carat gold toilet from Britain's Blenheim Palace, where it had been installed as an art exhibit, police said on Saturday. The toilet, valued at more than $5 million, was part of an exhibition of work by Italian conceptual...

Saturday, September 14, 2019 - 7:00pm

Egyptian masseur plays with fire to ease muscle pain

GHARBEYA, Egypt (Reuters) - An Egyptian masseur plays with fire to relieve his clients' muscle pain at his spa in the Nile Delta governorate of Gharbeya. Abdel Rehim Saeid, 35, applies the ancient Pharaonic technique, known as the "fiery towel" by starting with a standard massage,...

Friday, September 13, 2019 - 9:00am

Rugby: Octopuses predict Japan will beat Ireland but not reach knockouts

TOKYO (Reuters) - Two octopuses in Obira, on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido, have predicted the hosts of the Rugby World Cup will not progress from their pool when the tournament begins later this month. The two molluscs selected the result of each of...

Friday, September 13, 2019 - 7:00am

Cockpit coffee spill forces commercial jet to make emergency landing

LONDON (Reuters) - A commercial flight with 326 people on board was forced to make an emergency landing when hot coffee was accidentally spilled over the cockpit control panel over the Atlantic ocean, according to a report on Thursday. The Airbus A330-243 flying...

Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 12:00pm

Latest on Antonio Brown sexual assault lawsuit

Here's what you need to know about the Antonio Brown sexual assault lawsuit. The saga that has been the Antonio Brown story took a much darker turn on Tuesday when a New York Times report from Ben Shpigel revealed the 31-year-old has been accused of raping his former trainer, according to a...

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - 1:17pm

French literati ponder 'brexit' dictionary entry

PARIS (Reuters) - French literary types aghast at the political turmoil engulfing Britain as it seeks to leave the European Union launched a tongue-in-cheek Twitter campaign on Wednesday to add 'Brexit' to the national lexicon. French commentator Bernard...

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - 9:47am

PHOTOS: Transgender celebrities and public figures you should know

Laverne Cox, Janet Mock and Caitlyn Jenner are recognized as some of the bigger names when it comes to transgender celebrities and public figures, but there are many others you should become familiar with. These transgender celebrities and public figures are active in the transgender community and...

Friday, September 6, 2019 - 4:52pm

Climbing: Polish climber Dzienski pips lift in man vs. machine race

(Reuters) - It may not match the feeling of winning a world championship but Polish climber Marcin Dzienski's feat of racing and defeating an elevator up 23 meters will certainly have given him a lift. The 2016 world champion who is regarded by many as one of the...

Friday, September 6, 2019 - 7:00am

Just not cricket: Australian charged $68,000 for a beer in Britain

SYDNEY (Reuters) - An Australian cricket journalist in Britain for the Ashes test series is claiming to have drunk "the most expensive beer in history" after being charged nearly A$100,000 ($68,120) for the tipple. Peter Lalor, chief cricket writer for the...

Friday, September 6, 2019 - 1:00am

MAP: Timeline of mass shootings in the US since 2000

UPDATED September 3, 2019 Horrific mass shootings like the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting put a renewed spotlight on gun violence, but dozens of American lives have been claimed in mass shootings since 2000, many of which involved the use of high-powered handguns and semiautomatic...

Tuesday, September 3, 2019 - 5:38pm

The top 20 signs of 'adulting'

Things aren't so simple now. What would once be considered "adulthood" is now delayed, disfigured and straight up disorienting. In fact, a new study shows just how different people's perceptions are as far as what "adulting" truly means. Farm Rich examined how different generations perceive...

Tuesday, September 3, 2019 - 11:41am

UK PM Johnson to the rescue: girlfriend adopts a rescue puppy

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his girlfriend, Carrie Symonds, revealed on Monday that they had adopted a rescued Jack Russell puppy. Television footage showed the 15-week-old puppy, named Dilyn, being brought to Johnson's Downing Street office and Symonds...

Monday, September 2, 2019 - 2:00pm

Czech doctors deliver baby girl 117 days after mother's brain-death

BRNO (Reuters) - When a helicopter rushed an unconscious Czech woman who had suffered a severe stroke to hospital in April, her chances of survival were slim - and those of the fetus she had carried in her womb for 15 weeks little better. And yet, on Aug. 15,...

Monday, September 2, 2019 - 12:00pm

World War Two veteran breaks own scuba diving record at 96

LARNACA, Cyprus (Reuters) - A 96-year-old celebrated his birthday on Saturday by breaking his own record as the world's oldest active scuba diver for the third year running, plunging to the depths of the equivalent of a 15-storey building to explore a shipwreck off Cyprus. World War...

Monday, September 2, 2019 - 11:00am

Maurice the Rooster pitches city slickers against locals in rural France

SAINT-PIERRE-D'OLERON, France (Reuters) - A loud 4-year-old rooster called Maurice on an island off the French Atlantic shore has pitted a couple of city slickers who bought a second home next door against his owners, and stirred a...

Saturday, August 31, 2019 - 3:00pm

Prague opera lovers watch 'Don Giovanni' on rooftop - and in bath tubs

PRAGUE (Reuters) - Mozart's "Don Giovanni" has been a favorite among opera lovers since it premiered in Prague in 1787 but it is unlikely that any have ever watched it on a rooftop in the Czech capital while submerged in a bath tub, a glass of bubbly in hand - till now...

Friday, August 30, 2019 - 12:00pm

Statue resembling Trump erected in Melania's home country Slovenia

SELA PRI KAMNIKU, Slovenia (Reuters) - A large wooden sculpture that strongly resembles Donald Trump was erected this week in Slovenia, home country of Trump's wife Melania, though its designer insists it is meant to represent a "...

Friday, August 30, 2019 - 11:00am

Amazon Echo link could be turning UK parents off the name Alexa

LONDON (Reuters) - The number of parents in Britain calling their baby girls Alexa dropped by more than half last year, statistics showed on Thursday, possibly due to the link with Amazon Echo voice-controlled gadgets. The Echo, a smart speaker that can...

Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 1:00pm

Are people fundamentally good or bad? Study sheds light on the debate

We could all use a little more positivity in our lives. A recent study is here to remind everyone that despite how crazy the world gets, there is still a lot of goodness in the world.  1-800 Contacts conducted a survey that found that 83 percent of people believe that “people are...

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 - 1:49pm