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Bombay High Court serves summons via WhatsApp
short by Sumedha Sehra / on 28 Apr 2017,Friday
The Bombay High Court recently served summons to the defendants on WhatsApp in a copyright infringement case, after they repeatedly refused to acknowledge summons sent earlier. Noting that the defendant replied to the message, Justice Gautam Patel stated in his order that if the service has been acknowledged, "then surely it cannot be suggested that the defendants had no notice".
short by Sumedha Sehra / 07:58 pm on 28 Apr
Man spent 30 years digging tunnel in desert leading nowhere
short by Sanira Mediratta / on 27 Apr 2017,Thursday
The Burro Schmidt Tunnel in the Mojave Desert in California was named after William "Burro" Schmidt, who spent over 30 years digging the tunnel himself. The tunnel, which is a roughly 2,000-foot-long tube dug out of solid rock, leads nowhere. A hike inside the tunnel takes about 30 minutes to complete.
short by Sanira Mediratta / 07:45 pm on 27 Apr
A bar in Alaska has money hanging from ceiling, walls
short by Sanira Mediratta / on 27 Apr 2017,Thursday
The bar at the Salty Dawg Saloon in Alaska, US, has money hanging from its ceiling and walls. The interior features dollar bills which were stuck by visitors, and personal items like rings and clothes. The money-hanging tradition started when a man stuck a dollar on the wall and explained that it was to buy a drink for his friend.
short by Sanira Mediratta / 07:23 pm on 27 Apr
Startup makes ₹77,000 coffee table with fridge, speaker
short by Pragya Swastik / on 27 Apr 2017,Thursday
New York-based startup StoreBound has made a ₹77,000 coffee table called 'Sobro', that comes fitted with a refrigerating drawer, a Bluetooth speaker, and phone charging points. The refrigerating drawer can hold about 30 bottles or cans of drinks. The temperature of the drawer and the songs being played by the speaker can be controlled through a dedicated smartphone app.
short by Pragya Swastik / 06:59 pm on 27 Apr
Headless dinosaur reunited with skull after a century
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 27 Apr 2017,Thursday
After being headless for nearly a century, a dinosaur skeleton in Dinosaur Provincial Park, Canada, was finally matched to its head. In a recently published study, University of Alberta researchers revealed that in 2012 they reconnected the headless skeleton found in 1992 to a Corythosaurus skull, which was found separately in 1920 and was kept at the University's Palaeontology Museum.
short by Gaurav Shroff / 06:10 pm on 27 Apr
Rampaging wild boars kill 3 ISIS terrorists in Iraq
short by Deepali Aggarwal / on 27 Apr 2017,Thursday
A rampaging herd of wild boars have killed 3 and injured 5 Islamic State terrorists during the militants' failed attempt to set up an ambush on local tribesmen who formed anti-terrorist brigades in Iraq. "It is likely their movement disturbed a herd of wild pigs, which inhabit the area which is good for hiding in," a local tribal chief said.
short by Deepali Aggarwal / 04:08 pm on 27 Apr
Fans camp outside store for 2 nights to buy Kanye West shoes
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / on 28 Apr 2017,Friday
Around 100 Kanye West fans on Thursday set up camp for two nights outside a store in England to purchase a pair of £150 (₹12,500) Adidas Yeezy Boost trainers designed by the rapper. The first campers arrived last weekend with tents, chairs and sleeping bags. Meanwhile, Danish police are searching for thieves who robbed a truck delivering the trainers.
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / 01:28 pm on 28 Apr
Los Angeles declares April 25 as 'La La Land Day'
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / on 27 Apr 2017,Thursday
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Tuesday declared April 25 as 'La La Land Day'. "A day when you can celebrate your dreams, you can dance safely... take a date up to Griffith Park, fall in love, with somebody or just with your city," he said. Meanwhile, dancers abseiled down the facade of Los Angeles City Hall during the celebrations.
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / 02:51 pm on 27 Apr
Small amusement park for mice opens in Sweden
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / on 26 Apr 2017,Wednesday
A miniature amusement park for mice opened in the Swedish city of Malmö over the weekend. The park features a cat-shaped roller coaster, popcorn stand and Lucky Cheese stall. The Tjoffsans Tivoli park, which is meant as a work of street art and named after a character in a Swedish kids' novel, announced it was "welcoming visitors of all ages."
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / 04:33 pm on 26 Apr
World's most expensive pillow to cost ₹36 lakh
short by Sanira Mediratta / on 26 Apr 2017,Wednesday
Dutch neck specialist Thijs van der Hilst will unveil what is claimed to be the world's most expensive pillow priced at about ₹36 lakh ($57,000). The pillow is created using 3D scanners, printers, a mathematical algorithm, mulberry silk, Egyptian cotton and 24-carat gold fabric. It will be unveiled at the INDEX Design Series at Dubai World Trade Centre in May.
short by Sanira Mediratta / 08:00 pm on 26 Apr
French winemakers use candles, heaters to save vines
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / on 28 Apr 2017,Friday
Winemakers are using candles and heaters to save vines from sharp spring frosts in some of the most famous winemaking regions in France, including Champagne and Bordeaux. Temperatures plunged last week, following which some winemakers even used the down-draught from helicopters. Notably, France's total wine output fell 10% in 2016 because of adverse weather conditions.
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / 01:29 pm on 28 Apr
UK supermarkets face hummus shortage
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / on 26 Apr 2017,Wednesday
England's Sainsbury's and Marks & Spencer outlets are facing a shortage of hummus, following which social media users have tweeted heartbreak emojis and used the hashtag #firstworldproblems. The supermarkets removed hummus from shelves after complaints of a "metallic taste". While Marks & Spencer said it has restocked the dip, a Sainsbury's outlet stuck a hummus recipe to an empty shelf.
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / 12:52 pm on 26 Apr
US man sues govt over fine for criticising traffic lights
short by Vani Vivek / on 27 Apr 2017,Thursday
An American man has sued Oregon state after he was fined ₹32,000 for criticising mathematical formulas used by the state's traffic lights without having the required engineering licence. The man had claimed that the green-yellow-red progression was too short for lights with a left or right turn. The lawsuit claims that the fine violates the man's freedom of speech.
short by Vani Vivek / 08:29 pm on 27 Apr
Cambodian actress banned from filming over 'sexy clothing'
short by Daisy Mowke / on 27 Apr 2017,Thursday
Cambodian actress Denny Kwan has been banned from making new films for a year after her "refusal to curb her sexy clothing style". She was ordered to be 're-educated' by the Culture and Fine Arts Ministry for violating a code of conduct. "[I]t's my right to dress how I want, but our culture, Cambodian people, cannot accept it," said Denny.
short by Daisy Mowke / 07:43 pm on 27 Apr
UK band gains 1 lakh likes after its Facebook page is hacked
short by Vani Vivek / on 27 Apr 2017,Thursday
A UK band called 'Weirds' claims to have gained over 1 lakh new likes on its Facebook page after it got hacked last week. The hackers deleted the band's posts, renamed the page "Top Viral Videos" and posted short videos through it. After regaining control of its page, the band asked its new followers to unfollow the page.
short by Vani Vivek / 03:00 pm on 27 Apr
Viral video shows sharks feeding on mullet near beach
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / on 27 Apr 2017,Thursday
A viral video shows grey nurse sharks feeding on a school of mullet near a beach in Australia, prompting officials to close the waters to swimmers. Drone footage shows visitors watching from the beach, where five shark sightings were reported. The footage, uploaded last week, has been viewed nearly 7 lakh times.
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / 04:39 pm on 27 Apr
Pepsi storage collapses, floods Russian town
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / on 26 Apr 2017,Wednesday
A 300-square-metre storage facility of PepsiCo collapsed in Lebedyan, Russia, causing tonnes of fruit juice to spill onto neighbouring streets and flood the Don River. The mishap stranded two workers in an elevator. A PepsiCo representative said, "The two stranded workers are being rescued now. Everyone else has been evacuated," while another added, "the juice is harmless for people."
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / 10:56 am on 26 Apr
Woman wrongly declared dead in Paris, saved by police
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / on 27 Apr 2017,Thursday
A 49-year-old woman in Paris was wrongly declared dead by paramedics but was saved by police officers, who revived her by performing CPR. She had collapsed after an apparent cardiac arrest, and the ambulance team had already signed her death certificate. The police, who had come to write a report, found her heart beating.
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / 04:49 pm on 27 Apr
Man sells £2 raffle tickets for manor with Lord, Lady title
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / on 27 Apr 2017,Thursday
The owner of a six-bedroom manor in an English village is holding a raffle after his internet marketing business collapsed. The Melling Manor, which comes with the title of Lord and Lady Melling, has previously served as a hospital during World War Two and a luxury hotel. Its owner, Dunstan Lowe, has sold 3.4 lakh tickets costing £2 (₹165) each.
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / 01:42 pm on 27 Apr
Gym in UK to offer group napping classes to people
short by Daisy Mowke / on 28 Apr 2017,Friday
A gym in the UK is offering napping classes that last for 45 minutes to adults who do not get enough sleep. It will provide each participant with a bed, blanket, and eye mask. The classes, which will start and finish with a series of stretching exercises, are designed to "reinvigorate the mind and improve moods" of people.
short by Daisy Mowke / 07:15 pm on 28 Apr
Trump's immigrant crime hotline trolled with alien reports
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / on 28 Apr 2017,Friday
People used US President Donald Trump's Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement Office hotline to report alien crimes and UFO sightings on Wednesday, which was recognised as Alien Day by the 'Alien' movie franchise. The Homeland Security Department had said VOICE was for "people impacted by crimes committed by illegal aliens," but meant "aliens" to describe criminals who weren't American citizens.
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / 03:19 pm on 28 Apr
Twin plants named after Arnold Schwarzenegger, Danny DeVito
short by Daisy Mowke / on 28 Apr 2017,Friday
An Australian scientist has named a genus of Australian pea flowers, 'Daviesia schwarzenegger' and 'devito' after actors Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito who starred in the 1988 film 'Twins'. 'Daviesia schwarzenegger' is more robust and bigger than 'devito', the smaller and weaker of the pair. In the film, the actors play twins with contrasting personas.
short by Daisy Mowke / 04:26 pm on 28 Apr
Drunk man arrested after knocking over security robot
short by Vani Vivek / on 26 Apr 2017,Wednesday
A 41-year-old man in California was recently arrested for "prowling and public intoxication" after he knocked over a security robot while he was drunk. The 5-foot-tall, 136 kg robot can stream 360-degree video and read 300 license plates per minute. Last year, the robot faced flak after it ran over a toddler's foot.
short by Vani Vivek / 04:20 pm on 26 Apr
Kenya's last northern white rhino joins Tinder
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / on 26 Apr 2017,Wednesday
The last northern white rhino in Kenya has joined Tinder to raise money for a $9 million fertility treatment. The rhino, Sudan's Tinder profile says, "I don't mean to be too forward, but the fate of my species literally depends on me. I perform well under pressure." A swipe right on Sudan's Tinder profile directs users to the donation page.
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / 04:36 pm on 26 Apr
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