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'Racist' robot rejects Asian-face passport photo

Dec 08, 2016 - 9:24 AM

A computer generated response said the photo of a New Zealander of Asian descent did not meet New Zealand s criteria because the eyes are closed

Inside Gastro Park Kapitolyo: A look at all 15 food stalls

Apr 08, 2016 - 8:35 PM

Gigantic cotton candy milkshakes thai inspired tacos yakitori liquid nitrogen ice cream and more – here s what Gastro Park Kapitolyo is serving up

New Zealand approves colander hats and flying noodle weddings

Dec 20, 2015 - 10:58 AM

Church adherents who wear colanders on their heads revere pirates and believe the universe was created by a flying noodle have been recognized in New Zealand as a bone fide organization

Frenchman makes false bomb alert to delay girlfriend's plane

May 24, 2015 - 6:32 PM

The 33 year old risks up to two years in prison and a 30 000 euro 33 000 fine

Runaway train: Driver leaves for coffee, train leaves station

Apr 22, 2015 - 11:23 AM

The driver of the Rabat bound train got off at Kenitra station and the train started rolling in the wrong direction before later coming to a halt on its own a report says

[Executive Edge] Fund raising through crowdfunding

Oct 19, 2013 - 12:48 PM

A successful crowdfunding campaign tailors message to 3 types of backers: project advocates patrons and walk ins shares Spark Project founder

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10-year-old takes university math class

Oct 03, 2013 - 9:53 AM

Gifted Janisch has already skipped 3 grades in primary school

GENIUS. Maximilan Janisch is way ahead of his time. Screen grab from YouTube (ALLONEXUS+)

Homeless who turned in US$42,000 gets rewarded

Sep 20, 2013 - 11:26 AM

Glen James said he would never have kept even a penny

GOOD KARMA. Glen James' honesty gives him overflowing rewards

300,000 attempts to view porn from British parliament

Sep 05, 2013 - 7:41 AM

The figures cover computers used by more than 1 300 lawmakers their staff and other employees

GUILTY? Officials insisted the figures were inflated by websites automatically refreshing

Angela Merkel's flag necklace tweets

Sep 03, 2013 - 7:31 AM

Made of beads in gold red and black the necklace is a bespoke piece that the chancellor has owned for 10 years

LIFE OF ITS OWN. Angela Merkel's necklace tweets sarcastic remarks people enjoy. Screenshot from Twitter.com

Priest breaks fatherhood news in mass

Aug 29, 2013 - 8:10 AM

With time we noticed that our friendship had something more

Elder Bush shaves head for child with cancer

Jul 25, 2013 - 3:10 PM

Apart from his lack of locks the former president has made a fashion splash in recent months

FOR ROBIN AND PATRICK. The 41st president took the no-hair plunge after noticing that members of his security detail, known as the Bush Protective Division (BPD), had done the same

Giant rubber duckie goes to Taiwan

Jul 25, 2013 - 2:53 PM

Since 2007 the original duck has travelled to 13 different cities in 9 countries

'RUBBER DUCKIE, YOU'RE THE ONE' The 16.5-meter-tall inflatable Rubber Duck art installation seen at the Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong last May 2 will have a permanent version in Taiwan, still by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman. AFP PHOTO/Philippe Lopez

Meet Prince George's baby croc

Jul 25, 2013 - 2:37 PM

When the crocodile turns 18 George would be encouraged to see whether or not he might be able to take him back home to his country

MEET GEORGE. Prince George's croc hatched on December 3, 2012, the day the prince's conception was announced. Photo from the George the Royal Crocodile Facebook page

Drunk Canadian swims to the US

Jul 25, 2013 - 1:59 PM

Morrillo reportedly managed to swim across the river separating Windsor Ontario and Detroit

FROM CANADA TO THE USA. John Morillo may have been arrested, but he is proud of his feat

Mystics say #RoyalBaby will be 'elected'

Jul 24, 2013 - 3:19 PM

Being a king or prince will not matter to him

AUSPICIOUS BIRTHDATE. The #RoyalBaby was born on a full moon Indian festival known as Guru Purnima

Silliness reigns as world awaits #RoyalBaby

Jul 21, 2013 - 1:13 PM

Rumors that Kate may have gone into labor cause regular flurries of excitement on Twitter

A VERY LONG WAIT. Creative social media fans have come up with ways to keep boredom away while waiting for the royal birth. Screen shot from itunes.apple.com

No Minister beside Kate during birth

Jul 18, 2013 - 11:38 AM

A lawmaker mischievously asks the question at a committee hearing

ANY DAY NOW. Duchess Kate (left) will give birth to the royal heir this July

President Obama revives broccoli-gate

Jul 10, 2013 - 8:14 AM

The president with his wife close by stayed faithful to the First Lady s Let s Move campaign

BROCCOLI'S BEST FRIEND. The slim line Obama was asked by a guest at a 'Kids State Dinner' event at the White House to name his favorite food

Condoms as baby present for William and Kate

Jul 04, 2013 - 4:53 PM

They have been given the exact same box as is given to all expectant mothers in Finland

CONDOMS AND BABY STUFF. Expectant couple William and Kate are given the special baby gift box from Finland

Brief encounter for porn film at China railway station

Jul 02, 2013 - 3:15 PM

A maintenance worker surprised passers by near a Chinese railway station when he started watching a banned porn film not realizing his computer was connected to a giant screen

Arnie defends his Hummer fleet as eco-friendly

Jun 25, 2013 - 9:35 AM

The Hollywood star known for his lavish tastes in his 8 years in office as governor of California defended his own fleet of military style Hummer vehicles

HIP AND SEXY ENVIRONMENTALIST. Arnold Schwarzenegger at the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Young Americans' Challenge in 2007

Prague to unveil ‘Love Train’ for singles

May 21, 2013 - 9:32 AM

Single in Prague? Just ride the soon to be opened Love Train

LOVE TRIP. You can enter the 'Love Train' in Prague single and step out with someone promising. Photo from www.plus.google.com

What the duck? Hong Kong's giant rubber duck deflates

May 15, 2013 - 5:00 PM

Organizers said that the duck had been deflated Tuesday evening as part of scheduled maintenance work

DUCK DOWN. The 16.5-meter-tall inflatable Rubber Duck art installation lies deflated in Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour on May 15, 2013. Organizers said the inflatable Rubber Duck created by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman had been deflated for scheduled maintenance, but visitors who had made the trip to see it were left disappointed. AFP PHOTO / Philippe Lopez

Man who charged at elephant gets fired

May 15, 2013 - 11:57 AM

With friends cheering and encouraging him the man runs at the elephant which initially swings its trunk towards him but soon beats a retreat

SACKED. This off-duty guide has been fired from the animal reserve. Screen grab from YouTube (Kruger Sightings)

Penis size matters to women

Apr 09, 2013 - 6:59 AM

Researchers found that women rated tall men with long penises as the most attractive

The 'Man with the Golden Shirt'

Feb 01, 2013 - 4:29 AM

His fashion choice may sound ostentatious in a country where an estimated 42 of children under 5 are malnourished but Phuge is adamant that it is my property it does not matter what other people think or say

SHIRT OF GOLD. Datta Phuge wears his gold as his sleeve. Screen grab from YouTube (GeoBeatsNews)

Barbie Cafe opens in Taiwan

Feb 01, 2013 - 4:17 AM

Taiwan has a long history with Barbie as it used to be a manufacturing center for the dolls

COFFEE WITH BARBIE. Mattel hopes that the cafe will attract tourists from China, Hong Kong, and Japan. Screen grab from YouTube (itvnewschannel)

Life and Style wRap: Baby boom, miniature festival, and more

Jan 27, 2013 - 3:11 PM

Singaporean babies a 19 year old fantasy author a festival of the tiny and the smartphone brands that rule the world are just some of this week s Life and Style stories

A BABY BOOM is sorely needed in Singapore. Photo from the Asian Babies Facebook page

January's offbeat celebrations

Jan 05, 2013 - 11:32 AM

Just when you thought the celebrations are over we give you 6 more days to celebrate this month

SHE ASKS, YOU ANSWER. January 22 is Answer Your Cat's Questions day. Photo of Max the rescued kitten by Kai Magsanoc #Rescue #AdoptDontBuy #PAWS

Word gurus banish 'fiscal cliff'

Jan 01, 2013 - 11:12 AM

Find out the other words that made it to the banish list

NO TO 'FISCAL CLIFF.' The word tops LSSU's list of words that should be banished in 2013. Image from the school's Facebook page

End of the world: Gangnam Style?

Dec 18, 2012 - 2:23 PM

A hoax video published on YouTube on December 2 has reached more than one million hits

END OF THE WORLD THROUGH DANCE? Will Psy and his horse dance bring about the apocalypse? Photo from the Psy Facebook page

From Michelle with love

Oct 16, 2012 - 3:05 PM

The First Lady casts her vote

IMAGE FROM THE MICHELLE Obama Facebook page

Hobbit treasure for real life

Oct 11, 2012 - 5:19 AM

Money from the epic to become legal tender in New Zealand

JOIN BILBO BAGGINS' ADVENTURE with real-life 'The Hobbit' treasure. Image from the movie's Facebook page

Moore teases fellow Bond Connery

Oct 09, 2012 - 1:59 AM

The English in Roger Moore playfully teases Scottish Sean Connery

ROGER MOORE AS JAMES Bond 007. Image from Facebook

Celebrity endorsements, zero effect

Oct 02, 2012 - 10:48 AM

US voters feel no celebrity pressure or influence when it comes to their choice of President

THE CLOONEY CHARM MAY not be helpful to the actor's candidate. Image from the George Clooney Fans Facebook page

Who paid for that political ad? An app can tell

Sep 26, 2012 - 2:09 AM

May this app be used for next year s PH elections? Hmm

THE SUPER PAC APP at work. Photo from Facebook taken by Justin Adelson

More money in exchange for a tooth

Sep 06, 2012 - 10:35 PM

The tooth fairy is leaving more money for children nowadays a survey says

DWAYNE 'THE ROCK' JOHNSON as a tooth fairy in the 2010 film, 'Tooth Fairy.' Image from Facebook

Oprah to speak for Obama?

Sep 06, 2012 - 10:21 AM

Michelle Obama: It would have to be somebody who knows him

IMAGE FROM THE OPRAH Winfrey Network page in Facebook

Mind your manners

Sep 05, 2012 - 9:12 AM

Brussels to fine offensive language

IT's RIGHT TO BE polite. A photo from the Facebook page of the Brussels Vintage Market

Amateur botches 'restoration' of Christ painting

Aug 23, 2012 - 11:04 AM

The octogenarian meant well Still people are not happy with what she did

ECCE HOMO (Behold the Man) original (left) and 'restored' (right). Screen grab from YouTube (19of74)

For his looks, Paul Ryan gets bipartisan approval

Aug 21, 2012 - 7:16 AM

Just because he is hot will the Republican VP pick get the vote?

HOT OR NOT? REPUBLICAN VP candidate Paul Ryan. Screen grab from YouTube (RepPaulRyan)

US tightrope walker takes stroll above beach

Aug 10, 2012 - 12:05 PM

After conquering Niagara Falls Nik Wallenda thought it was time to hit the beach

NIK WALLENDA, TIGHTROPE WALKER extraordinaire. Screen grab from YouTube (icanjuggle)

Toad Suck and other oddball US town names

Aug 10, 2012 - 11:19 AM

Can you think of Filipino towns or places with odd or funny names too?

PART OF THE DESIGN of the Toad Suck Daze 2009 official shirt. Screen grab from YouTube (ToadSuckDaze)

VietJet penalized for bikini show

Aug 10, 2012 - 10:15 AM

A Hawaiian dance on a Vietnamese airline flight? Better believe it

THE VIET JET AIR dancers. Screen grab from YouTube

16-year-old is America's fastest texter

Aug 09, 2012 - 4:59 PM

A boy shows the world that even with texting records can be had

'CHAMPION TEXTER' AUSTIN WEIRSCHKE at last year's LG texting tournament where he also emerged victorious. Screen grab from YouTube (MultiVuOnlineVideo)

'Could Bruce Willis Save the World?'

Aug 08, 2012 - 8:36 AM

Armageddon looming? Tell Bruce Willis not to bother

FROM THE ARMAGEDDON MOVIE poster (1998). Image from Facebook.

Swiss violinist reunited with lost Stradivarius

Aug 02, 2012 - 6:18 AM

What would you do if you found an item worth millions of dollars?

TOP VIOLINIST ALEXANDER DUBACH in a performance with Sebestyén Nyirö (piano). Screen grab from YouTube

Bear wanders into US mall, no one hurt

Jul 23, 2012 - 6:26 AM

What happens when a bear decides to go shopping?

IMAGE FROM THE SEARS Facebook page

New feat awaits Niagara Falls high-wire walker

Jul 20, 2012 - 9:17 AM

Nick Wallenda will attempt another record breaking walk on August 9

NICK WALLENDA AT HIS Niagara Falls walk. Screen grab from YouTube