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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.

 

Skeletons in your closet

A Philadelphia museum discovers a 6,500-year-old human skeleton hidden away in its cellar. Digging those out can be uncomfortable.

 

Absolutely mandatory reading

A New York woman steals a ball python and crashes her car into a firehouse. Police are investigating whether she may have been intoxicated.

 

Video: In New York they might just shove you in further

Australian commuters team up to free a man whose leg had become lodged between the subway train and the station platform.

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

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.

 

An inconvenient reindeer

Norway’s reindeer to seek refuge from unusually high temperatures in a tunnel on a major highway, snarling traffic and confounding local authorities.

Six-sided geniuses, 8-legged supermoms

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

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.

 

Things turn sour in D.C.

Federal regulators in the U.S. call out major packaged food brands, arguing they need to disclose the amount of sugar added to their products.

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

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.

 

Auction packs a punch

This price tag had to sting: Muhammad Ali’s boxing gloves from his “Fight of the Century” match against Joe Frazier sell for nearly $400,000.

School lunch, buried treasure and USB hackers

Gold Pyx from late 1600's seen in an undated handout photo

A high karat gold Pyx which was believed to have been hand crafted in the late 1600′s – early 1700′s for transporting a Eucharist (communion wafer).

Sometimes there is buried treasure

A Florida family scavenging a shipwreck finds a missing piece of a 300 year-old gold filigree necklace that was sacred to Spanish priests.

And sometimes there are just nasty people prying in your stuff

Think your USB device is safe from hackers? Think again.

What’s in a number?

Recent economic data was a boost for Obama.

That lunch box cost how much?

How much should you pay to package the food that your children take to school?

Slideshow: Heading for the Rio Grande

Following in the footsteps of migrants trying to hike to the U.S.

Photo: REUTERS/1715 Fleet-Queen’s Jewels, LLC/Handout

A PlanetBox Rover lunch box set is seen in this picture taken in New York, July 30, 2014. Launched five years ago, PlanetBox says sales are up 150 percent the last two years. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Compatibility games

 

Did they need a dating site? A couple kisses at a bus stop in Buenos Aires July 13, 2014. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado

OkCupid’s user experiment doesn’t win any love

“We took pairs of bad matches … and told them they were exceptionally good for each other,” OkCupid’s President wrote. Some predict an inquiry by the Federal Trade Commission.

Curfew time, kids

Baltimore’s police commissioner wants to make it a violation for those under 14 to be outside their homes after 9 p.m.

Step aside, Helvetica

  A woman stands at a window of 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

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.

 

Wait, you mean it’s legal now? Lame.

The decriminalization of marijuana has not encouraged more pot use among U.S. teenagers, a new study shows.

Seceding Caribou?

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

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.

 

Take that, Etsy

Amazon will now offer custom 3D printing services to customers.

 

Prison amenities never sounded so lavish

Formerly incarcerated Amish farmers try to readjust after developing a taste for soda and a fondness for yoga and pool while behind bars.

Satellites for martians

  A dune field on the planet 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

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.

 

Bringing home less bacon

Drought and disease push meat and seafood prices higher in the U.S.

 

Sour grapes

A former wine collector must pay $20 million for selling counterfeit bottles of wine.

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

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.

 

Speaking of religious karma

A group of thieves steal air conditioners from various rural churches in Tennessee. They (probably) escaped on foot down a road paved with good intentions.

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