Will these $1200 a -month bunk beds solve San Fran’s housing crisis?

Will these $1200 a -month bunk beds solve San Fran’s housing crisis?

A co-living space renting out “pods” to live in is making a splash in San Francisco as a novel way of dealing with expensive housing. One bunk bed – or “pod” - will set you back US$1200 (€1064). Basic food items like cereal and ramen, as well as t...
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Is this the Michael Jordan of melons?

Is this the Michael Jordan of melons?

Move over Michael Jordan, there’s a new basketball star in town! Gong Yanbo, a 27-year-old fruit delivery man, showed off his novel ‘watermelon basketball’ skills at a Jiaxing market. Gong Yanbo slam-dunked his way to internet fame after videos of...
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Chinese toy designer makes real-life Hornet transformer

Chinese toy designer makes real-life Hornet transformer

Chinese toy designer Wang Yanbing has created a giant transformer made from a broken car in his backyard. It took him 8 months and around 9,000 euros to make a mechanism that turns a used car into Hornet transformer with the help of remote control...
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Homes built using bricks made from SEAWEED that’s plaguing Mexico’s coast

Homes built using bricks made from SEAWEED that’s plaguing Mexico’s coast

Mexican builder Omar Vazquez Sanchez has created a unique formula to prepare bricks using the sargassum seaweed that continues to plague the coast of the Yucatan peninsula.
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 Baby leopard attacked by mother gets spots back in Chelyabinsk

Baby leopard attacked by mother gets spots back in Chelyabinsk

Animal rights activist and vet Karen Dallakyan has been giving round-the-clock care to two-week-old leopard cub Eva in Chelyabinsk after she was abandoned by her mother.
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New sarcophagus encasing Chernobyl nuclear power plant unveiled

New sarcophagus encasing Chernobyl nuclear power plant unveiled

A new metal dome encasing the destroyed reactor at Chernobyl has been unveiled. The mobile sarcophagus is designed to prevent further radioactive material leaking out over the next century. It measures a colossal 275m (900ft) wide and 108m (354ft)...
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14 injured and one reported dead in massive fire at Moscow Region power plant

14 injured and one reported dead in massive fire at Moscow Region power plant

At least fourteen people were injured and one person died after a huge fire broke out at a heat and power production station in the city of Mytishchi, Moscow Region. According to the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations (EMERCOM), the fire bro...
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Half-submerged Trump installation mocks withdrawal from Paris climate accord

Half-submerged Trump installation mocks withdrawal from Paris climate accord

A huge, inflatable installation in the shape of the US President Donald Trump's head half-immersed in water can be found floating in Metz's Moselle river. The artwork named 'Everything is fine' is made of PVC canvas, is 4,60m (15ft) high and 6m (2...
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Merkel seen shaking in public for third time in a month

Merkel seen shaking in public for third time in a month

German Chancellor Angela Merkel was seen shaking in public for the third time in the last month, while she was standing alongside the visiting Finnish Prime Minister Antti Rinne in Berlin. The German chancellor was seen in a similar situation on J...
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Explore GIANT abandoned USSR-era radio telescope hidden in Armenian mountains

Explore GIANT abandoned USSR-era radio telescope hidden in Armenian mountains

Located at some 1,700 metres (5,500 feet) above sea level near the town of Orgov, the giant antenna was built between 1981-1985 but it fell into disrepair after the collapse of the Soviet Union.
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Neymar and Zlatan doppelgangers have Sao Paulo seeing double!

Neymar and Zlatan doppelgangers have Sao Paulo seeing double!

Lookalikes of star footballers Neymar, Marcelo, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic were among several doppelgangers to show off their football skills at a charity event for children in Sao Paulo. The fourth such event to be organised by the 'Play Soccer Brazi...
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Tennis memorabilia goes under hammer as Boris Becker battles bankruptcy

Tennis memorabilia goes under hammer as Boris Becker battles bankruptcy

Some of the tennis legend Boris Becker's most prized possessions went up for auction in London as the German attempts to pay off creditors amid a divorce battle which has left him bankrupt. The three-time Wimbledon winner was declared bankrupt bac...
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Pyramid of Senusret II opens to public for first time

Pyramid of Senusret II opens to public for first time

The pyramid of Pharaoh Senusret II, situated in the Faiyum governorate, has been officially opened to the public. Until now, the Al Lahun pyramid, which hails from the Twelfth Dynasty, was closed for restoration works that had begun in the 19th ce...
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Aleppo's ancient coppersmiths' market comes back to life after restorations

Aleppo's ancient coppersmiths' market comes back to life after restorations

The ancient coppersmiths' market, known as 'Souk al-Nahhaseen', in Aleppo's Bab al-Nasr neighbourhood was reopened following restoration works. Souk al-Nahhaseen, situated near Aleppo citadel, was built in 1539. The coppersmiths' market suffered s...
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Nigerian school accepts plastic waste as tuition payment

Nigerian school accepts plastic waste as tuition payment

The Morit International School in Lagos gives impoverished parents the option to pay for their children’s tuition with plastic waste, creating a win-win-win solution for the parents, the school and the environment. The initiative, called the Recyc...
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Noisy French ROOSTER goes on trial in neighborly dispute

Noisy French ROOSTER goes on trial in neighborly dispute

A retired couple in Oleron, western France, may have ruffled some feathers when they decided to sue their neighbours and Maurice, their rooster, for keeping them from sleeping in. Corinne Fesseau, Maurice's owner, started to receive letters from h...
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Truck driver 'paints' masterpieces with road grit on semi-trailer canvases

Truck driver 'paints' masterpieces with road grit on semi-trailer canvases

Truck driver and artist Arnulfo Gonzalez works on an unusual canvas: the back of his dirty truck. Among the artists' tools are only: wipes, paper towels, and the grease of the truck. Gonzalez is currently working on an eagle to celebrate the four...
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Google 3D prints historic 'Lion of Mosul' statue destroyed by IS

Google 3D prints historic 'Lion of Mosul' statue destroyed by IS

London’s Imperial War Museum, together with Google, showcased a 3D-printed version of the Lion of Mosul statue, which was destroyed by the Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL). Google Arts and Culture used crowdsourced photographs and a 3D print...
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Same-sex penguin couple become best daddies at SF Zoo

Same-sex penguin couple become best daddies at SF Zoo

Two male penguins are setting relationship goals since 2015 at the San Francisco Zoo in the USA after successfully raising three chicks and becoming the go-to daddies with their unique ability to incubate, foster and care for the little ones.
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14 sons' names all begin with 'R' in ode to Brazilian footy

14 sons' names all begin with 'R' in ode to Brazilian footy

Irineu Cruz and Jucicleide Silva, residents of Conceicao do Coite, in Brazil, gave all their fourteen of their sons names beginning with the letter 'R' in homage to famous Brazilian football players. Robson, Reinan, Raul, Rubens, Rivaldo, Ruan, Ra...
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Xiaomi announces new smartphone line with 32MP selfie camera

Xiaomi announces new smartphone line with 32MP selfie camera

The world's 4th largest smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi announced its new camera-focused smartphone. The new Mi CC9 series all sport a 32MP front camera and 48MP rear camera. There are three new smartphones: the Mi CC9, the Mi CC9e, which is a smal...
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Home-raised wild wolves graduate to sheep guarding duties in Iraq

Home-raised wild wolves graduate to sheep guarding duties in Iraq

Shepherds from the town of Takiya, Sulaimani province, have domesticated six wolves, which they reportedly found in the wild five months ago in the arid mountains near the village of Bawapati Saru. Aside from protection duties, these once-feral be...
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Riots break out over killing of Ethiopian teen by Israeli police

Riots break out over killing of Ethiopian teen by Israeli police

Protests erupted in Tel Aviv after an 18-year-old Israeli-Ethiopian was shot and killed by an off-duty police officer. Solomon Tekah was killed by a bullet shot by a police officer who claimed that he felt his life was in danger after youths start...
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'The only game that makes me happy' - amputee boy from Sierra Leone shows that love for football has

'The only game that makes me happy' - amputee boy from Sierra Leone shows that love for football has

A young boy Santigie, spoke about his love for football which he plays despite his disability. The boy was born with a congenital condition where one leg turned back on itself and the other split into two. As a result he uses his hands as feet to ...
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65m ‘Mount Everest of Trash’ set to outgrow Taj Mahal by 2020

65m ‘Mount Everest of Trash’ set to outgrow Taj Mahal by 2020

A towering mound of rubbish in the Indian town of Ghazipur is set to grow taller than the country’s iconic Taj Mahal by next year. The so-called ‘Mount Everest of Trash,’ which stands at more than 65 metres (213 feet) high, will soon need aircraft...
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Cracking stuff! No yolking around at UK EGG throwing championship

Cracking stuff! No yolking around at UK EGG throwing championship

People from around the world gathered in the English village of Swaton, to test their egg-throwing skills at the 14th World Egg Throwing Championship. In the main event, two teams of two people throw raw eggs at each other. The pair that are able ...
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Smell like Ecstasy - the new fragrance by Dutch police

Smell like Ecstasy - the new fragrance by Dutch police

Dutch police have released an ecstasy-scented perfume as part of an awareness campaign to encourage members of the public to come forward and report drug labs. The perfume, complete with its designer bottle and logo reading "xtacy," smelt like liq...
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Police pepper-spray eco protesters blocking Paris bridge

Police pepper-spray eco protesters blocking Paris bridge

France’s interior minister has asked the Paris police chief to explain a controversial riot police operation to remove climate activists from a bridge, after a video of officers using pepper spray and dragging protesters went viral on social media.
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OPPO unveils first under-screen smartphone camera at Shanghai show

OPPO unveils first under-screen smartphone camera at Shanghai show

Chinese OPPO revealed its impressive new Under-Screen Camera technology, where the selfie camera is hidden beneath the display itself. The camera module captures more light, the screen has zoning control and, together with "highly-transparent" mat...
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Granny Girl Group release rap video to welcome G20 in Osaka

Granny Girl Group release rap video to welcome G20 in Osaka

A group of six Japanese grannies have released a rap song to welcome the G-20 summit participants in Osaka. Named 'Oba Funk Osaka’, the song is sung in English and mixes local expressions and Japanese slang. The group is called Obachan and is form...
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Modern-day Florentine gladiators slug it out in ancient ultraviolent footy game

Modern-day Florentine gladiators slug it out in ancient ultraviolent footy game

If you wonder what it would look like to mix MMA and football, look no further than Calcio Storico, or 'historic football', a tradition dating back to the 16th century, which saw its yearly tournament take place in Florence. Sucker-punches and kic...
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Peer over the edge of GINORMOUS open pit diamond mine

Peer over the edge of GINORMOUS open pit diamond mine

Even spectacular drone footage of the Mir open pit diamond mine, filmed in the Siberian town of Mirny. With a diameter of 1,200 metres (3,900 feet) and plunging 525 metres (1,722 feet) into the Earth’s crust, the Mir mine is one of the largest man...
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Prosthetic paws give Russian amputee cat a new lease on life

Prosthetic paws give Russian amputee cat a new lease on life

An extraordinary series of operations were conducted on an amputee cat nicknamed Redhead to give it the chance to once again walk on all four paws. With the help of 3D-printed prosthetics, the cat now lives a normal life and even “defends itself f...
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Clashes erupt between student protesters and police in Chile

Clashes erupt between student protesters and police in Chile

Violent clashes erupted in Santiago as students protested against the introduction of a bill that would grant schools wide-ranging authority to expel students involved in riots. The bill, named the Safe Classroom (Aula Segura) aims to strengthen t...
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‘A special type of ugly’ - Scamp the Tramp crowned champ of the manky mongrels

‘A special type of ugly’ - Scamp the Tramp crowned champ of the manky mongrels

Dreadlocked, buck-toothed, cross-eyed Scamp the Tramp was declared the world's ugliest dog at a contest in Petaluma, California. The nearly-three-decade old competition is open all breeds and sizes with the aim of showing that all animals can be l...
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Massive Lego Star Wars X-Wing fighter showcased at Paris Air Show

Massive Lego Star Wars X-Wing fighter showcased at Paris Air Show

A Star Wars x-wing fighter made completely from Lego was showcased at the Paris Air Show, delighting Star Wars, aviation and Lego fans alike! The futuristic fighter, which became an icon from its debut in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, was buil...
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World's longest feather boa sets new world record in NYC's Times Square

World's longest feather boa sets new world record in NYC's Times Square

The new world record for the longest feather boa was set in New York City, with a festive show in Times Square in celebration of World Pride. The 1.2 mile (1,919.5 metres) long rainbow boa, took around two weeks to sew. It consists of a thousand s...
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Make Farming Sexy Again: Bavarian models pose for farm-girl calendar

Make Farming Sexy Again: Bavarian models pose for farm-girl calendar

Six Bavarian models posed for the state's annual farm-girl calendar at a shooting session in Wessling. The publication is sponsored by the Bavarian Young Farming Community aiming to highlight the importance of agriculture.
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Hopefuls inhale HUNDREDS of Hooters chicken wings in eating contest

Hopefuls inhale HUNDREDS of Hooters chicken wings in eating contest

At least 200 people gathered to enjoy the nail-biting 2019 Hooters Worldwide Wing-Eating Championships in South Lake Tahoe, California. Twelve contestants fought for $10,000 prize by eating hundreds of chicken wings in just ten minutes. The winner...
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Former drug lord's $1.6 MILLION ranch to go under the hammer

Former drug lord's $1.6 MILLION ranch to go under the hammer

A ranch in Naucalpan, once owned by drug lord Edgar Valdez Villarreal, also known as La Barbie, is set to go up for auction on June 23. According to reports, the surface of the ranch is around 21,000 square metres. It has a main house, more than 3...
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Children in Afghanistan forced to study in sweltering heat as attacks on schools soar

Children in Afghanistan forced to study in sweltering heat as attacks on schools soar

Half a million Afghan children are reportedly being denied their right to education, as attacks on schools have soared across the country, according to UNICEF. Children are now resorting to studying outside in the sweltering heat, and have a lack ...
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When trash becomes art

When trash becomes art

Russian pensioner sees 'gems' in piles of waste
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Palestinian man creates very own ZOO in Gaza Strip apartment

Palestinian man creates very own ZOO in Gaza Strip apartment

A Palestinian man has provided animals with a place of sanctuary in the besieged Gaza Strip, by creating his very own zoo in his apartment in the Al-Shati refugee camp in Gaza City. Rasheed Anbar cares for about 40 animals, and hopes to provide ch...
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Give your fat dog a work out at the Corgis' Pool Party in Shanghai

Give your fat dog a work out at the Corgis' Pool Party in Shanghai

The Corgi Shanghai Group hosted a pool party especially for corgi dogs and their owners, to get some much needed exercise, in the eastern Chinese city of Shanghai. 150 short-legged corgis and their owners were invited to the event, where the fury ...
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"I Love Ushguli"

"I Love Ushguli"

Young boy from the most remote village in Georgia learned several languages to show the tourists from around the world the beauty of his region.
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Toronto shooting triggers stampede, leaves four injured

Toronto shooting triggers stampede, leaves four injured

A victory parade for the Toronto Raptors basketball team, was interrupted by gunfire, causing a stampede among the huge crowd. Shots were fired in Nathan Phillips Square, inuring four people. Three arrests have been made and investigations are on...
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Caravaggio painting set to fetch up to €150m at auction

Caravaggio painting set to fetch up to €150m at auction

Auction house Drouot Patrimoine showed a painting by Italian Renaissance artist Caravaggio in Paris ahead of it being auctioned off in Toulouse for an estimated 100 to 150 million euros. The painting, discovered five years ago in an attic in Toulo...
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Rat-themed bar opens with a squeak in San Francisco

Rat-themed bar opens with a squeak in San Francisco

The San Francisco Dungeon is offering a rat-themed pop-up bar. Guests can sip on rat-themed cocktails - such as the Ama-RAT-o sour- as they mingle with domesticated rats supplied by local pet adoption agency. Tickets are priced at US$50 (€44.50) a...
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