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This Japanese mathematician's optical illusions will make you question reality

Wednesday  09:46,   23 may 2018
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Kokichi Sugihara is a Japanese mathematician, professor, and artist who specializes in 3D printing "impossible objects" to create award-winning optical illusions.Most of his illusions use nothing but specially designed, 3D printed objects, [...]

Ohio man calls police to report he's being followed by a pig

Tuesday  09:10,   22 may 2018
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Police officers in Ohio were convinced a man who called 911 about a pig following him was drunk and hallucinating — but turns out the caller was telling the truth, and “very sober.” North Ridgeville police officers received a call just before 5:30[...]

Long Island Couple Weds in Supermarket for Their Own 'Royal Wedding'

Tuesday  09:10,   22 may 2018
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Trumpeters played a royal fanfare as Rudy and Nadine Michaud tied the knot in a Stew Leonard's.Hempstead locals Rudy and Nadine Michaud said their vows in front of a town clerk Friday afternoon, not long before the Duke and Duchess of Sussex did [...]

A 30-year-old man is being sued by his parents because he refuses to leave home

Tuesday  09:10,   22 may 2018
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After living with at home rent-free for eight years, Michael Rotondo's parents want him to move out. Michael Rotondo, 30, has been living at his parents' place in Camillus, New York, without paying rent. But now they want him[...]

7 Cases of Mistaken Dog Identity

Monday  13:06,   21 may 2018
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Man's best friend can sometimes be a little hard to recognize.While a delightful story, it's probably not true. These cases are. Take a look at seven people who experienced some alarming examples of animals they thought were dogs, and dogs they[...]

British Schoolchildren Stage Their Own Royal Wedding With Pint-Sized Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

Monday  13:06,   21 may 2018
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The mini-Meghan and little prince arrived in a horse-drawn carriage.The students at Flakefleet Primary School even had bachelor and bachelorette[...]

Italian artist sculpts a Fiat 500 out of marble

Monday  13:06,   21 may 2018
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A young Turin-based artist has spent months sculpting a life-size Fiat 500 car out of a 15-tonne block of white Carrara marble in a work he sees as a critique of today's consumerist, throw-away society. Armed with his circular saw and a face [...]

Researchers Accidentally Discover 128-Year-Old Shipwreck

Monday  09:23,   21 may 2018
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And they captured it on video.Their encounter with the sunken Carlisle, which sank in 1890, was captured on camera, and Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) has released footage showing an aerial view of[...]

A tourist posted a disappointing photo of a hotel pool in real life next to a promotional picture — and people can't stop laughing

Friday  13:31,   18 may 2018
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Twitter user Jenny Kershaw recently tweeted two pictures side-by-side comparing what a hotel's pool looked like as advertised versus what it looked like in real life. - On the left, you can see what appears to be a giant, beautiful,[...]

Archaeologists Finally Identify a 4000-Year-Old Lost City in Iraq

Friday  13:31,   18 may 2018
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A team had been excavating the site for years before figuring out what it was.The mystery remained until recently, when a language expert at the University of Heidelberg translated clay cuneiform tablets unearthed at the site in 2017. The[...]

Exotic frog stows away on flight from US to UK

Friday  13:31,   18 may 2018
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A family were "amazed" and "in hysterics" when an exotic frog jumped out of their suitcase after stowing away on a journey from Florida. The tiny creature - about the size of a ping-pong ball - travelled with the Woods family[...]

Pennsylvania Teen Takes Danny DeVito Cardboard Cutout to Prom as Her Date

Friday  09:27,   18 may 2018
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She moved him around on a scooter.Allison Closs showed up to Carlisle High School with her two-dimensional beau at Friday's school dance for seniors, along with a scooter for it to move around[...]

Georgia Teen Behind Yanny/Laurel Debate Reveals What the Word Really Is

Friday  09:27,   18 may 2018
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She was a[...]

Don't mention the... pub's 'swear box' for nuptials

Friday  09:26,   18 may 2018
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Those who are sick of the royal wedding may find solace in a Derby pub, which has banned all mention of the nuptials on Saturday. The Alexandra Hotel will even fine people with a "swear box" for those who let slip anything about Prince Harry and[...]

Far from zen: Japan monk sues temple for overwork

Thursday  13:31,   17 may 2018
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A Japanese monk is suing his temple, claiming he was forced to work non-stop catering to visiting tourists and that the heavy workload gave him depression, his lawyer told AFP on Thursday. The monk in his forties is seeking 8.6 million yen ($78,000) [...]