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Russian 'Teacher of the Year' contestants made to rub penis-shaped trophy
short by Krishna Veera Vanamali / on 22 Sep 2020,Tuesday
'Teacher of the Year' contestants were made to rub a phallic crystal trophy during a ceremony on Russia's Sakhalin island, footage of which has gone viral. Two contestants avoided the object and instead put their hands on its wings. A local news outlet called the footage "awkward" and organisers later admitted the trophy had a "strange" and "ambiguous" shape.
short by Krishna Veera Vanamali / 12:52 pm on 22 Sep
Teacher covers body in tattoos, turns his eyes black; banned from kindergarten
short by Krishna Veera Vanamali / on 29 Sep 2020,Tuesday
Sylvain Helaine, a 35-year-old French elementary school teacher who got his body, face and tongue tattooed and had the whites of his eyes surgically turned black, said he was stopped from teaching kindergarten. The parents of a three-year-old complained to authorities that their son had nightmares after seeing Helaine. He's been allowed to teach children over the age of six.
short by Krishna Veera Vanamali / 09:22 am on 29 Sep
Premier Padmini car appears to be self-driving in TN, video viral
short by Krishna Veera Vanamali / on 15 Oct 2020,Thursday
A video of a 29-year-old Premier Padmini car appearing to be self-driving on a highway in Tamil Nadu has gone viral. Only a man wearing a mask can be seen sitting on the passenger seat. Facebook users who commented on the video explained the driver was using a dual-pedal system and moved to the left on the front bench seat.
short by Krishna Veera Vanamali / 06:17 pm on 15 Oct
Malaysian man finds monkey selfies on his lost smartphone; shares video
short by Pragya Swastik / on 15 Sep 2020,Tuesday
A Malaysian man said that he found selfies and videos of monkeys on his lost smartphone after he retrieved it from the jungle behind his house. A video shared by Zackrydz Rodzi on Twitter showed monkey selfies and footage of a monkey appearing to be trying to eat the phone. Rodzi believes the phone was stolen when he was sleeping.
short by Pragya Swastik / 06:43 pm on 15 Sep
Video of rare blue snake coiling around a red rose goes viral
short by Anmol Sharma / on 19 Sep 2020,Saturday
A video of a rare bright blue snake coiling around a red rose has gone viral on social media. The blue snake is known as the 'blue pit viper' and it is a rare species. As per the experts, the blue pit viper is a very aggressive and venomous snake whose venom can cause severe internal and external bleeding.
short by Anmol Sharma / 06:22 pm on 19 Sep
On a visit to the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas, US, a bank manager found a 9.07-carat diamond that he thought was a piece of glass. "Anything that looked like a crystal, I picked it up," Kevin Kinard said about his search in the diamond search area. Upon assessment, Kinard was informed that the object was a diamond.
short by Nandini Sinha / 05:07 pm on 25 Sep
Former rapper 'Logic' buys rare Pokémon card for ₹1.65 crore
short by Pragya Swastik / on 11 Oct 2020,Sunday
Retired American rapper Sir Robert Bryson Hall II, professionally known as 'Logic', has bought a rare first edition Charizard Pokémon card for $226,000 (around ₹1.65 crore). The rapper's purchase reportedly broke the record for Nintendo collectables. The 30-year-old former rapper also recently acquired a Pokémon base box set for $23,000 (₹16.78 lakh).
short by Pragya Swastik / 05:34 pm on 11 Oct
Restaurant gives customers masks with zips in Kolkata; pics surface
short by Pragya Swastik / on 18 Oct 2020,Sunday
A restaurant in West Bengal's capital Kolkata is providing its customers with masks that have zips attached to them so that they can enjoy food without having to remove their masks amid COVID-19. The restaurant's owner said, "We're providing it to customers without any extra charges. However, it is not mandatory, they can wear it if they want to."
short by Pragya Swastik / 05:41 pm on 18 Oct
A rare baby albino shark with one eye has been found by fishermen in Indonesia. The shark was found inside the belly of an adult shark that died after being caught in the nets while the fishermen were sailing across Maluku province. It's believed the adult shark was pregnant and carrying the foetus when it became caught in the nets.
short by Daisy Mowke / 09:53 am on 20 Oct
A Vietnamese man named Anh Tran Tan has been posting TikTok videos of himself staring into the camera with songs playing in the background. One of his videos has over 20 million views. Earlier, an Indonesian man named Muhammad Didit shared a video of himself sitting and doing nothing for over two hours.
short by Ankush Verma / 03:42 pm on 20 Oct
Jimmy Korona, a construction worker from the UK, said that people often assume he's pulling a prank whenever he tells them his name. The 38-year-old said that he even had to show ID to medics at the birth of his son because they refused to believe the name. "It feels weird hearing my name everywhere," he added.
short by Nandini Sinha / 07:00 am on 23 Oct
Sri Lankan State Minister of Coconut Arundika Fernando climbed a coconut tree and said that the country is facing a dearth of 700 million coconuts due to high demand for local industries and domestic consumption. The minister also plucked a few coconuts from the tree at his home garden. There's a difficulty in finding workers for coconut plucking, he added.
short by Nandini Sinha / 05:05 pm on 19 Sep
Firefighters rescue drunk UK student stuck inside tumble dryer
short by Arshiya Chopra / on 04 Oct 2020,Sunday
A 21-year-old student in the UK was rescued by firefighters after she got stuck inside a tumble dryer. The woman was drunk when her housemates dared her to get inside the dryer in their shared accommodation. Videos of the incident show three firemen trying to pull her out after she was stuck in that position for more than 20 minutes.
short by Arshiya Chopra / 07:00 am on 04 Oct
Suspected British spy named James Bond found in Polish Cold War archives
short by Krishna Veera Vanamali / on 24 Sep 2020,Thursday
Documents uncovered at Poland's Institute of National Remembrance (IPN) have shown that a suspected British spy named James Bond arrived in Warsaw on February 18, 1964, during the Cold War. Bond was sent to the British embassy in Poland to work as an archivist. He infiltrated "military objects" at least twice during his stay there, according to the files.
short by Krishna Veera Vanamali / 11:19 am on 24 Sep
An Indian-origin couple has bypassed Covid-19 restrictions in the UK by staging what they called a "drive-in wedding" in front of about 250 guests. Their guests, who were given hampers of snacks and hand gel, watched the ceremony from their cars on big screens outside. Maximum 15 people are allowed to attend weddings in England currently.
short by Arshiya Chopra / 07:00 am on 07 Oct
Chinese woman brings 23 relatives to date to test man's generosity
short by Nandini Sinha / on 22 Oct 2020,Thursday
A Chinese woman brought 23 of her relatives to her blind date to test the man's generosity, the local media reported. However, the man escaped after seeing the ₹2.18-lakh bill and the woman had to pay for the meal herself. Later, the man agreed to pay for two tables, while the remaining cost had to be incurred by the woman.
short by Nandini Sinha / 05:30 pm on 22 Oct
UK couple gets guests' cutouts made so they can 'attend' their wedding
short by Nandini Sinha / on 12 Sep 2020,Saturday
A couple from the UK spent nearly ₹2 lakh to get cardboard cutouts of 48 guests made so that they could "attend" their wedding in August. They only had 14 actual people at the wedding in Ticehurst, East Sussex. Only 30 people are currently permitted to attend a wedding or civil partnership ceremony in England.
short by Nandini Sinha / 07:15 pm on 12 Sep
Gucci sells jeans with fake grass stains for ₹88,000; pics surface
short by Pragya Swastik / on 22 Sep 2020,Tuesday
Italian fashion house Gucci is selling a pair of jeans for men with fake grass stains for $1,200 (more than ₹88,000). The 'Eco washed organic denim pants' are part of Gucci's Fall Winter 2020 collection, which the brand said is crafted from organic cotton specifically treated for a stained-like, distressed effect. Gucci is also selling similarly stained overalls for $1,400.
short by Pragya Swastik / 02:20 pm on 22 Sep
Scientist lets thousands of mosquitoes bite him daily for research
short by Krishna Veera Vanamali / on 01 Oct 2020,Thursday
An Australian scientist lets up to 5,000 mosquitoes bite his arm on a daily basis as part of his research to fight dengue fever. The insects Perran Ross feeds are infected with Wolbachia, a bacterium known to block the spread of dengue. His work involves infecting mosquito eggs with the bacterium and then breeding Wolbachia-carrying mosquitoes in the lab.
short by Krishna Veera Vanamali / 11:30 am on 01 Oct
Japan's Yomiuriland theme park is launching an 'Amusement Workation' package to let visitors spend up to one hour remotely working from inside its Wi-Fi-equipped Ferris wheel. Priced at 1,900 yen (over ₹1,300) for one person, the package will also allow visitors to work from a poolside work booth. The theme park also has laser tag, haunted house and a rollercoaster.
short by Pragya Swastik / 07:00 am on 12 Oct
British supermarket giant Iceland Foods celebrated its 50th anniversary by sending the first-ever chicken nugget into space. It was launched from a location close to the company's head office in Deeside, North Wales. "What better way to show that our products are out of this world than by sending one of our customer favourites into space," the retailer said.
short by Nandini Sinha / 07:25 pm on 13 Oct
A couple separated from their family amid the coronavirus pandemic tied the knot at the US-Canada border so that their relatives could watch from both sides. The couple got married in an outdoor ceremony in Canada's New Brunswick province and had to get a clearance for the event from the respective authorities in both the countries.
short by Nandini Sinha / 10:33 pm on 17 Oct
Delhi man writes obituary for 'demise of ME Dia', newspaper publishes it
short by Krishna Veera Vanamali / on 12 Sep 2020,Saturday
A newspaper in Delhi published an 'obituary' written by a 24-year-old man, Kartik Sahni, mourning the 'demise of Ms ME Dia' (media). "With profound regret, we announce the demise of Ms ME Dia, beloved daughter of Mr EE Dom (FR) and wife of Mr T Ruth in New Delhi," the announcement reads, referring to media, freedom and truth.
short by Krishna Veera Vanamali / 11:24 am on 12 Sep
Louis Vuitton to launch face shield with gold studs; shares pics
short by Pragya Swastik / on 13 Sep 2020,Sunday
French fashion house Louis Vuitton has unveiled a luxury face shield which it will launch as part of its 2021 Cruise Collection in October. It features gold stud details and an elasticated head-strap engraved with the brand's logo. While Louis Vuitton didn't reveal its price, reports claimed it will cost over $968 (more than ₹70,000), which the company denied.
short by Pragya Swastik / 03:49 pm on 13 Sep
Jewellery designer creates earrings to hold Apple AirPods
short by Pragya Swastik / on 17 Sep 2020,Thursday
Jewellery company MISHO Designs' creative director Suhani Parekh has created earrings just for Apple AirPods. "They would slip out of my ears...I was afraid that they would simply pop out and I'd end up losing it," said Parekh, who was constantly using AirPods while working from home. The earrings come in three designs, and retail for between $60 and $125.
short by Pragya Swastik / 02:46 pm on 17 Sep
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