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Siberian pageant shows beauty comes in all sizes

KRASNOYARSK, Russia (Reuters) - In Russia's snowy Krasnoyarsk, women preparing for a plus-sized beauty contest parade around a hall dressed in ball gowns and swimsuits - but also take classes in kick-boxing and dancing. The...

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 10:55pm

'Blonde Bombshell' racehorse stolen in Italy

ROME (Reuters) - A prize-winning racehorse dubbed the "Blonde Bombshell" and a thoroughbred colt were stolen from their stables in Italy on Tuesday, in a blow for an industry reeling from years of crisis. The abduction of the chestnut mare, called Unicka, and...

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 8:35pm

Hoard of coins extracted from sea turtle

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai veterinarians on Monday removed 915 coins from a 25-year-old sea turtle which had been swallowing items thrown into her pool for good luck, eventually limiting her ability to swim. The coins and other...

Monday, March 6, 2017 - 8:02am

That was hairy - Paris wax museum plays catchup with Trump dummy

PARIS (Reuters) - A Paris wax museum unveiled a Donald Trump effigy with real human hair on Thursday, having being caught off guard with a half-ready figure of Hillary Clinton when he won the U.S. presidential election in November. The Grevin...

Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 5:37pm

Czech bubble artist surrounds 275 students with soap 'screen' to claim record

MLADA BOLESLAV, Czech Republic (Reuters) - A Czech performer of bubble art surrounded 275 high school students and a car with a single soap-bubble screen on Wednesday, breaking the national record. Matej Kodes raised the screen around a rectangular...

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 2:22pm

Egyptian man grows 'Beard of Bees', hopes to promote apian benefits

By Amr Abdallah Dalsh SHIBIN EL KOM, Egypt (Reuters) - Mohamed Hagras stands barechested as dozens of honeybees congregate around his face, eventually forming what he calls the "Beard of Bees". To attract the insects he...

Friday, December 2, 2016 - 9:50pm

Man writes letter to editor about yoga pants; women take to the streets

By Elly Park BARRINGTON, R.I. (Reuters) - A male reader who sent a letter to a small Rhode Island newspaper criticizing women who wear yoga pants in public found that snug-fitting pants were the least of his problems as hundreds of people picketed his home and...

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 - 5:21am

New St Andrews students welcomed with shaving foam fight

ST ANDREWS, Scotland (Reuters) - Students dressed in costumes chased each other with shaving cream in a massive foam fight at the University of St Andrews on Monday, as part of a decades old tradition for newcomers...

Monday, October 17, 2016 - 9:53pm

All-female cast in Brooklyn stages nude production of Shakespeare's 'The Tempest'

NEW YORK (Reuters) - To be clothed, or not to be clothed? That was a no-brainer for members of an all-female cast in Brooklyn who stripped down to celebrate their freedom of expression in a nude version of Shakespeare...

Tuesday, September 13, 2016 - 6:15am

Pokemon Go hunters snare real thief in New Zealand

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Some New Zealand fans of the smartphone game Pokemon Go caught more than they bargained for when they grabbed a thief who broke into a car and held him until police arrived. The young people were out hunting virtual cartoon characters in...

Thursday, September 1, 2016 - 1:28pm

Curious radio signal stirs talk of extraterrestrials

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - A curious radio signal picked up by a Russian telescope is probably not a transmission from an extraterrestrial civilization, but astronomers in California are taking a second look anyway, the SETI Institute said on...

Tuesday, August 30, 2016 - 11:58pm

Panic on NY subway train as crickets, worms let loose in apparent prank

By David Ingram NEW YORK (Reuters) - It could have been a scene straight out of a horror movie. A woman who said she was selling crickets and worms on a crowded New York City subway car appeared to become frazzled by some teenagers and let the critters...

Saturday, August 27, 2016 - 7:06am

Pizza by drone: unmanned air delivery set to take off in New Zealand

By Rebecca Howard and Byron Kaye WELLINGTON/SYDNEY (Reuters) - A New Zealand pizza chain aims to become the world's first company to offer a commercial drone delivery service, a milestone in the once-unthinkable quest to save time and money with an air-borne...

Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 12:34pm

Texas students use sex toys to protest new gun laws on campus

By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - To protest a new state law that makes the carrying of concealed handguns legal in college classrooms, students at the University of Texas on Wednesday openly displayed sex toys, an act considered...

Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 1:39am

Thousands of Bolivian Catholics break rocks to change fortunes

By Elly Park (Reuters) - Every year, on the third week of August, thousands of Bolivian Catholics gather on the outskirts of capital La Paz to take a swing at fortune by breaking rocks. The rite is performed to call for the blessing of...

Wednesday, August 17, 2016 - 5:07am

Bright green Olympic pool overshadows events

By Brenda Goh RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - The water in the Olympic diving pool was bright green on Tuesday, baffling at least one competitor who said she could not see her partner underwater, although organizers said that it did not...

Wednesday, August 10, 2016 - 4:08am

Some fish tackle ocean global warming by pretending it's night

By Alister Doyle OSLO (Reuters) - Some fish may cope with the changing chemistry of the oceans linked to global warming by permanently setting their body defenses to night-time levels, the time of day when they find sea water least hospitable, a study said on...

Monday, August 1, 2016 - 8:54pm

California wildfire displaces exotic animals, horses, cats and dogs, too

By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A virtual Noah's Ark of wild beasts and livestock has been relocated to save them from a massive wildfire burning north of Los Angeles in a region that is home to...

Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 10:51pm

British 'donkey whisperer' translates 'ee-aws' using technology

By Jane Witherspoon (Reuters) - A self-proclaimed "donkey whisperer" is encouraging people in London to use technology to help them understand donkeys' emotions and mannerisms. Mark Ineson,...

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - 5:41pm

California wildfire displaces exotic animals, horses, cats and dogs, too

By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Crews battling a deadly wildfire in rugged drought-stricken terrain north of Los Angeles faced a return of brutal heat on Tuesday after a day-long respite of cooler weather and diminished winds that helped them gain...

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - 10:03am