Pluto has dunes made of windswept grains of frozen methane.

reuters.com

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A man has paid $3.3 million at auction to have lunch with Warren Buffett.

qz.com

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A new study has shown that women are consistently more disgusted than men.

thetimes.co.uk

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Police guarding the entrance to Parliament are under orders to feel inside men’s underpants.

theguardian.com

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A team of engineers from Glasgow and Ukraine has built and tested a rocket made of solid fuel that eats itself during flight.

newatlas.com

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Birdwatchers in Quebec have observed the biggest North American warbler migration in recorded history, estimated to contain 721,620 warblers.

atlasobscura.com

Rich people are buying up dinosaur skeletons because museums can’t afford to bid for them.

qz.com

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The Director-General of the World Anti-Doping Agency has said that criminal gangs control 25% of world sport.

reuters.com

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Rwanda, the world’s 19th poorest nation, is to pay Arsenal, one of the world’s richest football clubs, $39 million in a three-year sponsorship deal.

qz.com

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The Big Four accountancy firms – Deloitte, PwC, EY and KPMG - employ 890,000 people, more than the five most valuable companies in the world combined.

theguardian.com

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A six-hour stakeout by five Japanese police officers investigating the theft of 40 pairs of sandals revealed the culprits to be two urban foxes.

theguardian.com

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The Lamborghini Countach gets its name from the Piedmontese slang for ‘Holy shit!’

wsj.com

Scientists in Leeds have produced non-toxic hair dye using blackcurrant skins left over from making Ribena.

bbc.co.uk

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A six-foot boa constrictor reported to be on the loose in New York has been found asleep under its owner’s sink.

apnews.com

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A US televangelist has asked his followers to help him buy a new private jet so he can spread the Gospel faster and because ‘Jesus wouldn’t be riding a donkey’.

bbc.co.uk

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In response to Roseanne Barr blaming her behaviour on a brand of sedative, the company that makes it has said none of its products cause racism as a side-effect.

theguardian.com

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By analysing the chemistry of popular wines, a Denver company called Replica makes almost undetectable imitations of the real thing for a little as half price.

wired.com

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A brewery in Florida has produced six-pack rings made of barley and wheat that are not only fully biodegradable but also feed fish and turtles.

wsvn.com

There is no evidence multivitamin supplements do any good.

qz.com

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Scientists have grafted human stem cells onto chicken embryos.

livescience.com

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At an auction in Japan last weekend, a pair of melons sold for a record $29,436.

munchies.vice.com

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Authorities in Hawaii have warned people not to toast marshmallows over the volcanic vents in the erupting Kilauea volcano.

time.com

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In 2006, the average YouTube video was getting 10,262 views; by 2016, this had dropped to 89.

harpers.org

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Among the 2,980 members of the National People’s Congress of China are 45 billionaires.

harpers.org

A rehab clinic in Scotland is to offer treatment for cryptocurrency addiction.

futurism.com

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Scientists at the University of Manchester are perfecting an AI that can recognise people by their footsteps.

gizmodo.com

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Last year, the average US company worth over $1bn paid its CEO 130 times as much as its average employee.

economist.com

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German scientists are developing an electronic nose that could be fitted to the next generation of smartphones.

newatlas.com

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By reacting to the viewer’s brainwaves, a new 27-minute British movie called ‘The Moment’ can be seen in over 100 trillion different possible versions.

technologyreview.com

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Since 2009, despite large warning signs, 150 trucks have become stuck under an overpass outside St Petersburg known as ‘The Bridge of Stupidity’.

themoscowtimes.com

To get round Saudi Arabia’s milk embargo, Qatar is importing 14,000 cows.

economist.com

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The oldest known dandruff has been discovered by Irish scientists on a 125 million-year-old Chinese dinosaur.

livescience.com

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There were twice as many attacks by Somali pirates in 2017 as in 2016 and more than three times as many as in 2015.

qz.com

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The people of Turkmenistan have been warned not to use sheets of newspaper with pictures of the President on to wipe their bottoms with.

bbc.co.uk

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Mexicans have a constitutional right to buy a gun but there is only one gun shop in Mexico and it is not allowed to tell people it exists.

dailymail.co.uk

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NASA has devised a machine for the International Space Station to produce the coldest spot in the Universe, 10 billion times colder than the vacuum of space.

livescience.com

10,000 bitcoins, worth $30 dollars in 2010, are worth $82 million today.

qz.com

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A new study has found that trees seem to have a heartbeat that pumps fluid round their body.

curiosity.com

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A team of US geochemists and space scientists has suggested that Pluto may be formed of a billion comets clustered together.

zmescience.com

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A shipwreck found in the Caribbean in 2015 has been identified as the San José, a Spanish galleon lost in 1708 with a cargo of treasure worth up to $17 billion.

livescience.com

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Japanese train stations deter loitering and vandalism by emitting high-frequency ultrasonic noise that is inaudible to anyone over 25.

citylab.com

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Calming blue lights installed at the end of Japanese railway platforms have been shown to reduce the suicide rate at stations by 84%.

citylab.com

Giant predatory hammerhead worms from Asia are invading France.

qz.com

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Waves of plasma half a million miles across have been detected on the Sun.

livescience.com

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Hurricanes have been discovered to fire beams of antimatter at the ground.

newatlas.com

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A New York judge has sided with the parents of a 30-year-old man who served him five eviction notices.

cnn.com

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New evidence has emerged of a ninth planet 20 times further from the Sun than Neptune, taking 10-20,000 years to orbit compared to Earth’s 365 days.

curiosity.com

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An elderly couple from Gloucester are offering £100 reward for finding their car. They searched Cheltenham for four days after forgetting where they parked it.

telegraph.co.uk

Lonely Planet has rated Dundee one of its Top Ten European destinations.

thetimes.co.uk

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1 in 3 Britons admitted to hospital as an emergency has at least five illnesses.

thetimes.co.uk

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WiFi was invented by accident by an Australian scientist looking for black holes.

nationalgeographic.com

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Sweden’s newly-revised emergency handbook recommends stockpiling tortillas, spreadable cheese, wet wipes, instant mashed potato and buckets with lids.

nytimes.com

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Police have seized 284 Hermès Birkin handbags owned by the ex-Prime Minister of Malaysia’s wife. They are a better investment than the stock market or gold.

qz.com

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After a man in Ohio called 911 to say that a pig was following him home, police were surprised to find that he was sober and that a pig WAS following him home.

sky.com

Before he became a billionaire, Roman Abramovich ran a company that made plastic ducks.

thetimes.co.uk

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The residents of Fisher Island off the coast of Florida have an average income of $2.5 million a year.

cnbc.com

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Missouri has become the first US state to make it illegal to label plant-based or lab-grown food as ‘meat’.

newatlas.com

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A new Kickstarter-funded company has produced tetrapod-shaped soap that is easier to grip when wet.

newatlas.com

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Almost 200 journalists in Italy live under police protection because their reporting angered the Mafia.

nytimes.com

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Octopuses are so different genetically from their ancestors that a group of 33 international scientists has suggested they may be aliens from outer space.

qz.com

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