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2 Jan. 2019
‘Why don’t you die?’: Australian’s fight with a spider sparks police call
An Australian man triggered an emergency police response after a noisy exchange with a spider startled a passerby into reporting what sounded like a violent disturbance to the authorities, media reported.
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11 Dec. 2018
Firefighters to the rescue after German chocolate factory spill
Firefighters in the town of Werl in western Germany tackled an unusual emergency late on Monday when a tank at a local firm making liquid chocolate overflowed and poured out onto a street.
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14 Dec. 2018
Worth the sting: Cuba’s scorpion pain remedy
Once a month for the last decade, Pepe Casanas, a 78-year-old Cuban farmer, has hunted down a scorpion to sting himself with, vowing that the venom wards off his rheumatism pains.
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11 Dec. 2018
Curry signals willingness to meet with NASA over Moon landing doubts
Three-time NBA champion Stephen Curry on Tuesday signaled that he is willing to take NASA up on its offer to tour its lunar lab in Houston after his pronouncement this week that he does not believe humans ever walked on the Moon.
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13 Jan. 2019
All the rage: Beijingers vent their stress in ‘anger room’
It took Smash customer Qiu Siyu just a few sharp blows with a baseball bat to wreck what looked like an old car radio, after which two friends battered telephones, audio speakers, rice cookers and even a mannequin.
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22 Jan. 2019
Brexit survival kit helps Britons face the worst with freeze-dried fajita
With just nine weeks to go until Britain is due to leave the European Union, a company is selling worried Britons a survival kit to help them prepare for the worst. 
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13 Dec. 2018
Chirp perp: Finches found in luggage at NY airport
A man was caught at New York’s JFK airport last weekend trying to smuggle dozens of South American finches into the country, a bird that Guyanese immigrants covet for chirping but officials fear could spread disease, officials said on Thursday.
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18 Dec. 2018
Korean Air to raise refund fees after K-pop fans get the picture, get off
Korean Air Lines Co Ltd said on Tuesday it will raise refund penalties after K-pop fans got on a plane only to take pictures of a boy band on the flight, then demanded to get off before it departed and got refunds on their tickets.
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16 Jan. 2019
Face value: One-time Afghan wedding singer a ringer for Canada’s Trudeau
Afghan singer Abdul Salam Maftoon’s striking resemblance to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has turned him into an unlikely celebrity in the war-torn country since his debut on a talent show.
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17 Dec. 2018
Bees, brothels and monkey selfies: oh my; 2018 abuzz with odd U.S. stories
A hive of honeybees in the heart of New York City, a monkey with a photographer’s eye, a brothel full featuring robotic sex dolls and a political candidate who carried the day from his grave were among the characters featured in the strangest stories of 2018.
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6 Dec. 2018
Enter the Bull: Fighters mix kung fu and bullfighting in China
Several times a week, kung fu teacher Ren Ruzhi enters a ring to spar with a bovine opponent around five times his weight and capable of killing him.
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13 Dec. 2018
Craps: Dice roll sinks Arkansas candidate who twice missed voting for himself
An Arkansas city council candidate who twice showed up too late to vote for himself in a contest that ended in a tie wound up losing the race on Thursday in a dice roll to decide the winner.
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