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Riddle of why shoelaces come undone solved by scientists

Engineering researchers say they have solved the riddle of why shoelaces come undone. After a detailed study, they discovered that two forces act like invisible fingers, first loosening the knot and then tugging until laces are left trailing on the ground.They used a slow motion...

Car on fire rolls up to KFC drive-thru window in Denton, Manchester

A KFC restaurant has been forced to shut after a burning car rolled up to the drive-thru order window and set the building alight. The burnt-out wreck of a small car could be seen next to the blackened order point in pictures of the aftermath...

Friends take ‘random Joe’ on holiday to Spain after mate pulls out

A group of friends decided to invite a random Joe to go on holiday, just to replace their friend Joe, who pulled out at the last minute. Joe McGrath from Manchester received a Facebook message in March, asking if he "would consider coming on holiday...

‘Mowgli girl’ found living with monkeys in Indian jungle

A child found living with monkeys in a forest in India has been dubbed "Mowgli girl" after the character in the Jungle Book. The youngster could not speak, behaved like an animal and ran on all fours. She ate food from the floor without using...

Venomous fang blenny fish could hold key to painkillers

The science behind the pain-free bite from an otherwise unassuming little fish could lead to the development of new painkillers. The fang blenny, which has two large canine teeth jutting out of its lower jaw, uses its venom to put off potential attackers, rather than...

Crayola retires Dandelion from 24 pack to make room for new colour

The colour of the sun will never be the same again in many children's drawings. Crayola is retiring one of its classic shades of yellow from its range.The company announced dandelion will be retiring in a Twitter video post.It is the third time in Crayola's...

Fearsome Tyrannosaurus rex was a sensitive lover, say scientists

He may have been the most terrifying carnivore ever to have walked the Earth but the fearsome Tyrannosaurus rex was apparently also a sensitive lover. Experts say the 20ft T-rex had an extremely sensitive snout, which could mean that males and females enjoyed rubbing their...

Sculptor defends Cristiano Ronaldo bust after online ridicule

The sculptor whose statue of Cristiano Ronaldo was ridiculed for failing to resemble the Portuguese forward has defended his work. Madeiran artist Emanuel Santos was commissioned to create the bust of Ronaldo, which took him three weeks to complete and he insisted both he and...

River Tyne ‘booze cruise’ plans slammed by police

Plans for thousands of people to float on inflatables down the River Tyne on a "booze cruise" have been criticised by police. The event is planned for 1 July, starting in Newburn, Newcastle, and ending three-and-a-half hours later on the Quayside.Publicised on Facebook as the...

Bizarre statue of Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo provokes ridicule

A bust of Portugal footballer Cristiano Ronaldo has caused a storm online - for all the wrong reasons. Madeira, where the 32-year-old Real Madrid star grew up, has renamed its airport in honour of him, and the bronze statue was revealed during a ceremony marking...