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Aug 6, 2014
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The weirdest news across the globe




Video: There are some things you can’t un-see

A Chinese company develops a sperm extractor, designed for patients who need to deposit semen but wish the process involved more robots, I guess?


Will they smoke the competition?

South African Airways and Boeing partner to create a jet fuel derived from tobacco.

Aug 5, 2014
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Dazzling diamond, sweltering reindeer



A member of the French historical association “Le Sapeur Picard,” dressed as a German soldier, stands in a recreated German World War One trench in Fay, Picardie region, August 2, 2014. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

Gallery: Life in the trenches

On the 100th anniversary of World War One‘s outbreak, a French historical society rebuilds the conflict’s notorious trenches.

Aug 4, 2014
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Six-sided geniuses, 8-legged supermoms



A volunteer wears a costume dressed as a Rubik’s Cube during the National Rubik’s Cube Championship in Jersey City, New Jersey August 1, 2014. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

Gallery: Don’t be such a square

At the Rubik’s Cube National Championship, hundreds of people smarter than you vie for puzzler dominance.

Aug 1, 2014
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Jorge rests in Times Square, July 29, 2014. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

Gallery: And you thought it was hard being green

A Reuters photographer follows an Elmo performer in New York’s Times Square, as he attempts to make a living posing with tourists and angling for tips.


Video: Wining, not whining

Even in the face of a historic drought, one California winemaker says his team has weathered the storm – or lack thereof.

Jul 29, 2014
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Step aside, Helvetica



A building bearing a design of the signature of late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez in Ciudad Caribia outside Caracas in this September 19, 2013 file photo. REUTERS/Jorge Silva/Files

Still beats Comic Sans

A group of “anti-imperialists” unveil a new font mimicking the distinctive handwriting of late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

Jul 28, 2014
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Seceding Caribou?



The pastoral countryside of Aroostook County, Maine, near Caribou is seen in this picture taken July 18, 2014. REUTERS/Dave Sherwood

They need a vacation from Vacationland

A small town in Maine looks to secede from the U.S., complaining of what is sees as lavish spending by city government.

Jul 25, 2014
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The problem with being a female football fan


It’s a weird time to be an avid NFL fan – particularly when you’re also a woman.

Beginning in September, I treat each Sunday as a holy day of chicken wings, beer and screaming at TVs. I play on an intramural football team. I own three Patriots jerseys (two, regrettably, bearing the name of a certain blue-eyed wide receiver who shall remain unnamed). I own the Patriots beanie, Patriots vintage tee, Patriots Christmas ornament and two Patriots beer koozies. I have funneled hundreds of dollars into the National Football League’s coffers.

Jul 25, 2014
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Satellites for martians



A dune field on Mars is shown in this handout photo taken by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter March 1, 2014 and provided by NASA May 2, 2014. REUTERS/NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona/Handout via Reuters

What, no Comcast?

NASA is seeking a commercially owned and operated satellite network provider for Mars.

Jul 24, 2014
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Holy beer, unholy thefts


Brother Jonah Pociadlo cleans the filler machinery for bottling the Trappist Ale brewed at Saint Joseph’s Abbey in Spencer, Massachusetts July 22, 2014. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Proof that God loves us?

A group of Massachusetts monks begins brewing Trappist Ale, hoping the beer sales will offset the healthcare costs of its aging members.

Jul 23, 2014
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Air pollution, sewage and smeared donuts


A motorist wearing a mask rides along a street near chimneys with rising smoke during a hazy day in Quzhou, Zhejiang province, April 1, 2014. REUTERS/William Hong

No coal in their stockings

Beijing shutters own coal-fired power plant in an effort to tackle rampant air pollution in China.