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July 14, 2014
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American father treks to Africa, claims territory for his ‘princess’

HeatonsKingdomDads often dub their little girls a “princess.” Father Knows Best had a teen Princess. Modern Family throws princess parties.

Now a dad from Abingdon, Virginia, has taken his daughter’s wish very seriously, the Bristol Herald Courier reports. Continue Reading →

July 12, 2014
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Photo: Tot gets stuck in metal mop bucket

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Minnie Snodgrass enjoys a song on the car radio as her grandmother whisks her to emergency in Yorkshire, England.

“Mum, Minnie’s stuck!”

Gemma Snodgrass, a mother of five, finished mopping the kitchen floor, threw the water out of the bucket and had just run up the stairs of her home in South Yorkshire, England, when her 4-year-old boy, Matthew shouted to her.

Minnie, 16 months, likes to climb, and she had climbed right into the bucket. Continue Reading →

July 10, 2014
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Close encounter of the Apollo 11 kind

The second astronaut to take “one small step” on the moon has described on reddit the “magnificent desolation” he felt in space and the “unidentified” light he observed outside the lunar module.

Buzz Aldrin, who calls himself “a global space statesman,” is promoting a YouTube channel that seeks your story about the Apollo 11 moon landing. The 45th anniversary of the “giant leap for mankind” will  take place July 20.

During a reddit Q&A this week, newbie12q asked the astronaut: ”Do you believe in aliens and what are the sightings you saw aboard Apollo 11?” Continue Reading →

July 9, 2014
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Want to name a planet? Astronomers seek ideas

kepler11A few years ago, scientists discovered six planets orbiting a sun-like star, known as Kepler-11, about 2,000 light years from Earth. Artist’s conception.

“Help decide the names of planets orbiting other stars,” the International Astronomical Union says, as it announces the NameExoWorlds contestContinue Reading →

July 8, 2014
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Tube with a view: Cement pipes turned into motel

TubeWithViewPhoto courtesy of Rex. See more photos here.

Talk about reuse and recycle.

In Henan, China, a motel has been conjured up out of old concrete pipes. Each “tube” room can  accommodate two people, and comes with air conditioning.

 

July 8, 2014
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John Wayne’s heirs sue Duke University

Wayne Family Portrait1969: John Wayne at home with his family: Ethan, Marissa, Aissa and his third wife, Pilar. Photo by John Dominis | Time & Life Pictures|Getty Images

He was known as that rare breed in Hollywood, a gentleman. So it’s hard to imagine how the Duke would have reacted to a lawsuit brought by John Wayne Enterprises against the unwittingly eponymous university in Durham.

Maybe, as his son Ethan asserts, Duke’s dream was to distill fine spirits, which Ethan is trying to do with Duke Kentucky Straight Bourbon. Continue Reading →

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