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BBC once announced 'there is no news', played piano music
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / on 18 Apr 2018,Wednesday
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) radio service in London announced that "there is no news" on April 18, 1930, following which piano music was played for the rest of the 15-minute news bulletin. BBC stated that there was nothing worthy of broadcast on that day as the "flood of news, official or otherwise, had dried up".
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / 11:09 am on 18 Apr
US professor gives students extra credit for going on dates
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / on 17 Apr 2018,Tuesday
An American philosophy professor gives her students extra credit for going on dates that don't include physical contact or alcohol, in an effort to teach them social skills. Kerry Cronin says "hookup culture" has become dominant while going on a date has become "a weirdly countercultural thing". Interestingly, one of her students said the assignment helped her meet her husband.
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / 06:37 pm on 17 Apr
Couple who earned ₹15 lakh a month give up jobs to sell tea
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / on 19 Apr 2018,Thursday
A couple has given up their engineering careers to open a tea shop in Nagpur. The couple said they earned ₹15 lakh per month when they earlier worked as software engineers. The husband added, "my wife and I wanted to do something different in life so we started this shop and now we earn up to ₹5 lakh every month."
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / 05:13 pm on 19 Apr
Fingerprints from a WhatsApp pic used to convict drug gang
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / on 17 Apr 2018,Tuesday
Partial fingerprints drawn from a photograph shared on WhatsApp has helped convict 11 people in a case related to drug trafficking in Wales. The photograph, which showed part of a finger and ecstasy tablets, did not find a match on databases but was enough to convict an existing suspect. The police said this was the first such instance in Wales.
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / 08:22 am on 17 Apr
13-year-old boy unearths treasure of king 'Bluetooth'
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / on 17 Apr 2018,Tuesday
A 13-year-old boy, along with an amateur archaeologist, has discovered treasure in Germany that is believed to have belonged to 10th-century Danish King Harald Bluetooth, after whom wireless Bluetooth technology was named. They were looking for treasure using metal detectors when they made the discovery. Further excavations by the regional archaeology service unearthed necklaces and coins.
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / 09:49 am on 17 Apr
Russia orders space be allotted for cats in apartment blocks
short by Nandini Sinha / on 20 Apr 2018,Friday
Russia's Ministry of Construction has ordered to allot space for cats in the basement of all apartment blocks. Apartments will be required to construct 15-centimetre-wide passages to enable cats to leave and enter, thereby avoiding any risks of injury by entering through ventilation holes. Animal rights activists had demanded safety of cats who died after being stuck in basements.
short by Nandini Sinha / 11:07 am on 20 Apr
Funds raised to buy Musk a couch after he complains about it
short by Shifa Naseer / on 18 Apr 2018,Wednesday
People have launched a fund-raising campaign to buy Elon Musk a new couch after he complained that he slept on the floor as his old couch at Tesla office was too "narrow" and "terrible". The plan is to contact Elon Musk, who has a $19.2 billion net worth, and send the couch if he agrees to accept the gift.
short by Shifa Naseer / 12:54 pm on 18 Apr
Couple prints wedding invite like voter ID to promote voting
short by Arshiya Chopra / on 20 Apr 2018,Friday
Ahead of assembly elections in Karnataka, a couple from state's Haveri district has got their wedding invitations designed like a voter ID to urge people to vote. The invites have the National Emblem on top and a unique code 'SJMRG27042018', which is a combination of the groom and his fiancée's initials along with the date of the wedding.
short by Arshiya Chopra / 11:00 am on 20 Apr
96-year-old Mexican woman enrols in high school
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / on 19 Apr 2018,Thursday
A 96-year-old Mexican woman named Guadalupe Palacios has enrolled in high school, alongside classmates eight decades younger. Palacios, who grew up in poverty and spent her childhood helping her family in farming, first enrolled in a literacy program when she turned 92. After completing primary and middle school, she hopes to finish high school by her 100th birthday.
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / 02:12 pm on 19 Apr
Baboons escape from research lab, staff chase them on foot
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / on 17 Apr 2018,Tuesday
The staff of a primate research facility in United States' Texas chased four baboons on foot after they escaped from their enclosure. While three baboons were caught by the facility's animal capture team within half an hour, the fourth one returned on its own. Notably, the facility houses nearly 1,100 baboons.
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / 11:12 am on 17 Apr
Lighter removed from Chinese man's stomach after 20 years
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / on 18 Apr 2018,Wednesday
A doctor removed a lighter from the stomach of a Chinese patient who believed he had swallowed it 20 years ago. The patient went to the hospital after finding blood in his faeces, following which the doctor found he had open sores and bleeding in the stomach. The patient is currently recovering.
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / 03:34 pm on 18 Apr
Neighbours go to court over dog's custody, told to share it
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / on 17 Apr 2018,Tuesday
A judge in the US has ruled that two former neighbours must share the custody of a dog after they took their dispute to court. While the dog was adopted by Tina Walker, David Somerville sued her for sole ownership of the pet, claiming to have taken care of it and paid for its food and vet bills.
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / 11:10 am on 17 Apr
Wedding photographer hangs upside down from tree to take pic
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / on 19 Apr 2018,Thursday
A Twitter video of a wedding photographer hanging upside down from a tree has gone viral online. The video shows the photographer handing his camera to the groom before jumping off the tree. Reacting to the video, a Twitter user posted, "When you wanted to become Spider-Man to fight crime but ended up becoming wedding photographer due to parental pressure."
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / 05:06 pm on 19 Apr
Gold case containing French queen's heart stolen
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / on 18 Apr 2018,Wednesday
A 16th-century gold case carrying the heart of late Queen Anne of Brittany has been stolen from a museum in French city Nantes. After the death of the French queen in 1514, her heart was preserved in the oval-shaped receptacle. The case had been on display in the museum for over 130 years.
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / 10:10 am on 18 Apr
Woman takes pet to fire station as it 'smoked too much weed'
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / on 19 Apr 2018,Thursday
A woman in United States' Indianapolis took her pet racoon to a fire station at night to seek treatment for the animal after it had "smoked too much weed," the fire department said. However, the fire department told her that they could not do anything to improve the condition of the animal.
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / 10:14 am on 19 Apr
Girl who smuggled drugs for Instagram likes jailed for 8 yrs
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / on 19 Apr 2018,Thursday
A 24-year-old Canadian woman who tried smuggling 95 kg of cocaine into Australia on a luxury cruise trip has been sentenced to eight years in prison. She said she had met a man who recruited her in return for a free vacation. She said she risked a life sentence to take selfies in exotic locations and receive 'likes' on Instagram.
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / 05:00 pm on 19 Apr
US diner leaves ₹1.3 lakh tip on meal that cost ₹50,000
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / on 17 Apr 2018,Tuesday
A diner at a restaurant in United States' Chicago left a $2,000 (₹1.3 lakh) tip on a meal that cost $759 (₹50,000) on Sunday. The diner tipped $300 on his bill, and personally gave each of the 17 staffers in the kitchen $100. The restaurant said he also spent time with the kitchen staff and praised the meal.
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / 02:32 pm on 17 Apr
3 people fake robbery of bank money in Odisha, get arrested
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / on 16 Apr 2018,Monday
Three people, including the manager of a private bank, have been arrested for allegedly faking a bank robbery and misappropriating ₹3.4 lakh in Odisha. One of the accused had lodged an FIR claiming that they were robbed at gunpoint after having collected cash from a branch office. However, contradictions came up during the probe, the police said.
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / 05:29 pm on 16 Apr
Helicopters deployed to look for lost dogs in New Zealand
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / on 17 Apr 2018,Tuesday
Helicopters and thermal imaging equipment are being deployed in New Zealand to search for lost dogs. Thousands of dollars have also been donated in the search for lost dogs, in three separate cases in 2018. Notably, New Zealand has high rates of pet ownership, with over 60% of houses in the country having at least one pet.
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / 04:34 pm on 17 Apr
Headless doll triggers major police operation in Germany
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / on 17 Apr 2018,Tuesday
The headless body of a doll prompted a major police operation in southern Germany on Monday after it was mistaken for a corpse, the police said. A passerby spotted what appeared to be a headless corpse covered in blood lying by a stream. Firefighters determined it was a doll after reaching the suspected crime scene, which had been cordoned off.
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / 04:52 pm on 17 Apr
'Poop train' has been stranded in US town for 2 months
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / on 19 Apr 2018,Thursday
Several train carriages carrying tonnes of human waste from New York have been stranded in the southern US town of Parrish for over two months. The waste was meant to be taken to a nearby landfill but has been stranded in Parrish, which lacks the zoning laws to prevent the waste from being stored there.
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / 10:12 am on 19 Apr
Thief uses plastic wrapper to disguise face, trolled by cops
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / on 18 Apr 2018,Wednesday
Police officers have released surveillance footage of an alleged thief who used plastic meant for packaging bottled water to hide his face from a CCTV camera while robbing a US store. Requesting the public for information, the officers said, "You can help us catch him, once you stop laughing." They added, "We'll be sippin' water while we wait!"
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / 03:34 pm on 18 Apr
Couple gets McDonald's burgers for ₹66,000 for wedding guests
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / on 18 Apr 2018,Wednesday
An Australian couple ordered 300 McDonald's cheeseburgers at a cost exceeding $1,000 (₹66,000) for 450 guests at their wedding after serving a six-course meal. The couple, who ate cheeseburgers just before their wedding as well, said, "Funnily enough, we actually had McDonald's as our first-ever meal together." A video of the festivities has gone viral.
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / 03:47 pm on 18 Apr
UP shopkeepers perform 'aarti' outside ATM amid cash crunch
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / on 19 Apr 2018,Thursday
In the midst of a cash shortage in ATMs across India, shopkeepers performed an 'aarti' outside an ATM in Kanpur on Wednesday. Praying to "ATM Deva", the shopkeepers said business had been affected by the cash shortage as buyers would often withdraw money from the ATM. They also held placards with slogans like "desh mei cash ki killat door karo".
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / 03:00 pm on 19 Apr
US restaurant serves 'tarantula burgers' via lottery
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / on 18 Apr 2018,Wednesday
A US restaurant is giving guests a chance to eat a tarantula burger as part of its 'exotic meat month'. Its owner said, "You fill in a lottery ticket. If we draw your name, you come and get to eat one." In the last six years, the 'exotic meat month' has featured iguanas, alligators, camels, pythons, turtles and various insects.
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / 03:35 pm on 18 Apr
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