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Yoga on ice: India to offer classes during Davos summit

Saturday  09:05,   20 january 2018
Reuters

India aims to showcase its potential as a driver of global economic growth, after China, as well as its soft power, reflected in the popularity of yoga as well as its cuisine. Two yoga teachers from India will hold daily classes next week at the[...]

Man fools officers with car made of snow, gets fake parking ticket

Friday  19:21,   19 january 2018
CBS News

Simon Laprise sculpted a life-size model of a DeLorean DMC-12 in the middle of a local snow removal zone and posted images onlineThe "car," made famous by the "Back to the Future" movie franchise, drew the attention of one police officer who was so[...]

Bright lights, big city: Light art festival takes to London's streets

Friday  08:40,   19 january 2018
Reuters

London's dark winter nights will shine a little brighter starting Thursday, as a nighttime art exhibition featuring a range of publicly displayed works that use light as a medium gets underway. Lumiere London features over 50 works by British[...]

Giant pandas arrive in Finland in Chinese charm offensive

Friday  07:21,   19 january 2018
AFP

Finland on Thursday welcomed a panda pair after a long plane ride from their native China, which leased the fluffy animals to the Nordic nation to strengthen ties.  As part of "Panda Diplomacy" -- China's historic use of the[...]

Fragment of flag Nelson flew at Trafalgar sells for almost 300,000 pounds

Thursday  15:16,   18 january 2018
Reuters

A piece of the Union Jack flag believed to have been flown from the flagship of Britain's Lord Horatio Nelson's ship during the Battle of Trafalgar sold for 297,000 pounds at an auction in London on Thursday. The item was part of a[...]

Spanish village 'purifies' horses with fire in age-old ritual

Thursday  08:05,   18 january 2018
AFP

Thick smoke fills the cobbled streets of San Bartolome de Pinares as the clip-clop of galloping hooves edges ever closer to a bonfire crackling nearby. Suddenly a horse and its rider burst through the flames as the mysterious age-old festival of Las [...]

Alien sightings are no excuse for filing your tax return late

Wednesday  20:51,   17 january 2018
Reuters

As Britain's deadline for annual tax returns looms, revenue authorities have warned they will be keeping a sharp lookout for any mention of aliens. Seeking to encourage taxpayers to file their returns by Jan. 31, Her Majesty's Revenue and[...]

In the coldest village on earth, eyelashes freeze, dinner is frozen and temperatures sink to -88F

Wednesday  15:30,   17 january 2018
The Washington Post

Life in this Siberian village, where temperatures plunged to as low as -88F this week, is constant negotiation with the cold.Eyelashes freeze; frostbite is a constant danger; and cars are usually kept running even when not being used, lest their[...]

Aliens, apocalypse, lightning? ... No, just a meteor rocking Michigan

Wednesday  15:30,   17 january 2018
Reuters

A bright meteor briefly swept across the sky over parts of the U.S. Midwest and Canada on Tuesday, weather and geology agencies said, and then caused a powerful explosion that rattled homes and onlookers. The meteor was seen across the region in[...]

Whisky and waders as fishermen welcome salmon season in Scotland

Wednesday  09:25,   17 january 2018
Reuters

On the banks of the River Tay in the Scottish highlands, a parade of pipers and a whisky-based blessing helped mark the start of the country's salmon fishing season on Monday. The village of Kenmore has been the traditional starting place for[...]

New zip line opens over Grand Canyon for thrill seekers

Wednesday  08:25,   17 january 2018
Relaxnews (AFP)

A new way to experience the Grand Canyon has opened targeting adrenaline junkies.  If the glass-bottom Grand Canyon Skywalk bridge at Grand Canyon West isn't exciting enough for you, a new attraction has opened in the[...]

Drunk droning now illegal in New Jersey

Tuesday  20:36,   16 january 2018
Reuters

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed a law on Monday making it illegal to fly an unmanned drone aircraft after too many drinks, a spokesman said on the Republican's last day in office.The law prohibits flying a drone with a blood alcohol[...]

Subway-themed sports shoes are just the ticket for Berliners

Tuesday  20:35,   16 january 2018
Reuters

Dozens of sports shoe enthusiasts stormed Adidas stores in Berlin to snatch a pair of shoes launched in collaboration with the public transport network that incorporate the same pattern as the subway's seats, as well as an annual ticket. Adidas[...]

Le smartphone? France has another term in mind

Tuesday  09:11,   16 january 2018
AFP

Smartphones may have become ubiquitous in France, but the country's language mavens hope there's still time to keep the word from becoming ensconced in everyday speech. The Enrichment Commission for the French Language has come up with what[...]

World's fifth largest diamond discovered in Lesotho

Monday  19:20,   15 january 2018
Relaxnews (AFP)

A diamond thought to be the fifth largest of gem quality ever found has been discovered in Lesotho, miner Gem Diamonds said Monday, and could be worth as much as $40 million.  The company unearthed the D-colour stone at the Letseng [...]