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Staffordshire Bull Terrier puppy swallowed 8in-long knife

A puppy called Macie was "extremely lucky to survive" after swallowing an 8-inch (20cm) long kitchen knife, according to experts. Fortunately, the handle went in first rather than the blade which would have pierced her organs and probably caused fatal injuries.The handle passed through Macie's...

A moo-ving story: Cow rescued from swimming pool in Oklahoma

A bovine visitor took a fancy to a neighbourhood swimming pool and couldn't resist an early morning dip. An Oklahoma City homeowner was enjoying his morning coffee when he was startled by loud "snorting" noises from the vicinity of the pool on Sunday. He was...

Friday 13th: Why so superstitious?

If you are avoiding doing something today due to the unfavourable date, you are not alone. There is even a word to describe how you are feeling - paraskavedekatriaphobia. Derived from the Greek word for Friday, it means fear of Friday the 13th.Nearly three-quarters of...

Finally! After years of trying, China celebrates ballpoint pen breakthrough

China has finally produced its own fully home-produced ballpoint pen after years of trying to master the complex techniques involved in making the delicate tips. Despite manufacturing 80% of the world's ballpoint pens, the country had previously been unable to produce the small but...

US Congress broadcast interrupted by Russian channel RT

An online broadcast of a US network from the floor of the House of Representatives has been bizarrely interrupted by the Russian news site RT. The C-SPAN website was replaced by RT for about 10 minutes, said a spokesman for the US network devoted to...

Would This Help Send Your Child To Sleep?

Peppa Pig, Paw Patrol and the Minions night lights have been popular sellers for children in recent years. But now, there’s a new suggestion to help send your child into a peaceful night’s sleep – or maybe not. Apparently turning your child’s old dolls head into...

‘Where’s Wally’ fugitive hands himself in to police live on Facebook

A man who changed his Facebook profile picture to Where's Wally as he was being pursued by police has handed himself in, live on social media. JJ McMenamin had taunted officers, who deployed a helicopter and sniffer dogs in their search for him over the weekend,...

Amazon Echo orders doll houses after ‘hearing’ TV presenter talking

A US TV station has been inundated with complaints after viewers' voice-commanded Amazon Echo systems "heard" a presenter's remarks about doll houses - and started ordering them. Using the device's voice command assistant, which is called Alexa, a six-year-old girl in Dallas, Texas, managed to...

Snow Wight – The Island Remembers Heavy Snowfall Seven Years On

PICTURES: It's seven years ago today (6 January, 2010) that the Isle of Wight was hit by its heaviest snowfall in many years. Main picture: Stenbury Down near Wroxall. Scroll down for more pictures. Public transport was halted, roads deemed impassable, schools were closed and businesses shut,...

Brazilian woman prayed to Lord of the Rings elf after mistaking for saint

A Brazilian woman has revealed on Facebook that her grandmother has been praying daily to a Lord of the Rings figurine after mistaking it for an icon of a saint. Beautician Gabriela Brandao, from Florianapolis, posted images of the three-inch figure of the half-elf character...