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ALL IN THE FAMILY Wednesday, August 6
Five siblings in a rural Turkish family near the Syrian border were discovered by researchers in 2005 to be natural, fluid quadruped walkers (hands and feet to the ground, rear ends up), which was then thought possibly to mark the first known …
CAPRICORN: July 16-21 Tuesday, July 15
  Architects in ancient Rome used concrete to create many durable structures, some of which are still standing. But the method of how to make concrete was forgotten for more than 1,000 years …
AND CARRY A BIG … Wednesday, August 6
Moscow Times reported the arrest of "Tomas" in Moscow in March for allegedly stealing a mobile phone, noting he was referred to adult court even though family members claim he's only 13. Officials decided he must be at least 16, based on medical …
YER KILLIN' ME! Wednesday, August 6
In May, Turkey's Hurriyet Daily News reported a 62-year-old man on an Istanbul TV dating show said he was just "an honest person looking for a new wife" — while casually mentioning he'd served two prison terms, one for murdering one wife and the …
CRAPPY JOB Wednesday, July 16
Municipal engineers in Melton Mowbray, England, were called out in June to fix a lingering sewer overrun caused by, they found, "hundreds" of tennis balls that had apparently each been flushed down toilets. Said the project manager, "We expect …
DRESSING ON THE SIDE Wednesday, August 6
Alonzo Liverman, 29, was arrested in June in a Daytona Beach police sting on prostitutes' johns. "I'm hungry," was the female officer's come-on. Responded Liverman, "I got a salad." Even though no salad was found on Liverman, police determined the …
BROWNIE POINTS Wednesday, July 16
After two third-graders wet their pants on May 15 at Mill Plain Elementary School in Vancouver, they blamed teachers for too-strictly enforcing their classroom's "rewards" system, in which good behavior earns students points redeemable for, among …
THE JUSTICE ANGLE Wednesday, August 6
In the midst of the city of Detroit's water crackdown — shutting off spigots of residents delinquent on their bills — the Council of Canadians has come to the rescue. First, the council pressed the United Nations to label Detroit's program a …
CHIP-FACED Wednesday, July 16
Japanese snack company Calbee recently staged a promotion around popular singer Nana Mizuki, giving away 10 backstage passes to her Aug. 3 Yokohama concert to the purchasers of 10 lucky bags of secretly marked potato chips. Her perhaps-hugest fan, …
ADVERTISING AS A WEAPON Wednesday, August 6
Ms. Ajanaffy Njewadda and her husband recently filed a lawsuit against New York City's transit authority (MTA) following her tumble down some stairs at a subway station (causing a broken ankle, concussion and lingering trauma requiring psychiatric …
 
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