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Rock music ‘can make men lose at board games’ – study

Men should avoid listening to rock music if they want to stand a chance of winning at board games this Christmas, a study suggests. Men became more distracted and made more mistakes when forced to listen to AC/DC than when they listened to classical music,...

Fancy a snooze? Edinburgh University students back £10k ‘nap pods’ on campus

Students at Edinburgh University have voted in favour of installing "nap pods" in an effort to beat sleep deprivation. The pods, which cost up to £10,000, each provide a specially designed aircraft-style bed and users can "screen out" surrounding sound by playing relaxing music through...

Madonna Does Carpool Karaoke With James Corden

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Arguably the world's most famous singer - Madonna - is the latest star to sing along in James Corden's Carpool Karaoke. The 58 year old goes for a drive through New York City singing classics from her epic catalogue of music, while James Corden learns about...

Zoo probes mysterious drownings of seven penguins

A Canadian zoo has opened an investigation into the “devastating” drowning of seven of its penguins. In a statement, Calgary Zoo said the Humboldt penguins were discovered in the back holding area of its "Penguin Plunge" exhibit.The zoo's director of animal care, Jamie Dorgan, said...

Could a fiver featuring Jane Austen be worth thousands of pounds?

People with £5 notes in their pockets are being urged to check them carefully, in case they could fetch thousands of pounds more. Artist and engraver Graham Short has put four £5 notes into circulation on which he has engraved a tiny portrait...

Passport photo-checking service tells Asian man to open eyes

A New Zealand man had his passport photograph rejected because facial recognition software thought his eyes were closed.  Richard Lee, who is of Asian descent, submitted his picture to an official online photo checker run by the country's internal affairs department.The automated software rejected it because...

Goat goes on the rampage and attacks pensioner named Billy

A pensioner had to be dragged to safety inside a shop after an angry goat went on the rampage down a main street of a quiet town. The manager of the Eurospar in Carrickfergus, County Antrim, said the animal ran amok, jumping on cars, eating flower...

Former Argos security guard elected Gambia president

A former Argos security guard has ended the 22-year rule of the president of Gambia in a shock election victory. Despite being unknown on the political scene just six months ago, Adama Barrow comfortably defeated longtime leader Yahya Jammeh.It is understood Mr Jammeh, who had...

Council gritting lorry Nicole Saltslinger has the X Factor

Oldham Council has named its new gritter Nicole Saltslinger after the X Factor judge and former Pussycat Doll. Ten-year-old Eve McGrath came up with the name, which beat off the challenge from hundreds of other competition entries including Gritney Houston, Grit Expectations and Gritsy Bitsy...

The Pregnancy Simulator

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Would have liked your partner to have experienced this? We think Emily has already ordered one for Paul to wear in the mornings!

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