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Man goes to court over right to ‘Mona Lisa’ passport smile

A Frenchman is fighting to overturn a ban on passport photos which show the person smiling, claiming the rule is keeping people depressed.A citizen who French media are calling "Thierry" has gone to court to challenge the regulation.He took up the case after his Mona...

Serial prankster Vitalii Sediuk ambushes Kim Kardashian in Paris

Kim Kardashian has reportedly filed a police complaint after she was ambushed by a prankster as she entered a restaurant in Paris.Footage shows the reality star walking past photographers when a man in sunglasses suddenly lunges forward and seemingly attempts to kiss her bottom.Vitalii...

Stuntman successfully completes Evel Knievel canyon jump

A stuntman has successfully jumped the Snake River Canyon in a tribute to his boyhood idol Evel Knievel.Eddie Braun, 54, hurtled across the 1,400ft wide canyon in southern Idaho in a custom-built rocket dubbed "Evel Spirit".The rocket hit an estimated 400mph before its parachute...

Warning as Portuguese man-of-war found on England’s beaches

Beachgoers in the UK are being warned to be careful following sightings of the potentially fatal Portuguese man-of-war.The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) has received reports of the stinging creature washing up on beaches in Cornwall and the Scilly Isles.Sightings in UK waters are rare,...

Police called to M62 ‘assault’ find extras dressed as zombies

Police cars were scrambled to a potentially serious assault only to discover two people dressed as zombies.A passer-by rang 999 early on Sunday evening after believing they had seen a man biting a woman and assaulting her on the M62 between Manchester and...

Man gets bitten by snake while trying to snap selfie in India

A man has been bitten by a python after trying to take a selfie with the creature.It happened in India's northwestern Rajasthan state after forest department officials removed the snake from a school.They were holding the python and posing for pictures after successfully capturing it.A man...

Littersweet Symphony: Album for cats released

A musician has created an album of music for feline listeners, even though he is allergic to them.David Teie, a scientist and cellist in the US National Symphony Orchestra, raised hundreds of thousands of dollars through crowdfunding and sold 10,000 copies of his record independently.He...

Japanese karate expert, 63, fights off bear using black belt skills

A 63-year-old karate expert was the unlikely victor of a fight with an angry bear, police in Japan have said.Atsushi Aoki was fishing in the mountains of the Gunma Prefecture region when the animal emerged from woodland.The snarling black bear - reportedly standing at 6ft 3ins on its...

Man who lived like a badger in a Welsh hole gets spoof Nobel prize

A researcher who lived as a badger in a Welsh hole is among winners of the annual spoof prizes for quirky scientific achievement.Charles Foster, a fellow at the University of Oxford, was honoured with an Ig Nobel prize in a zany ceremony at Harvard University.The...

Lightning strike kills more than 300 wild reindeer in Norway

A lightning strike has killed more than 300 wild reindeer in Norway, in what officials described as an unusually large natural disaster.Aerial footage shows reindeer carcasses scattered across a small area on the Hardangervidda mountain plateau.The footage was released by the Norwegian Environment Agency,...

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