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Damien Hirst, butterfly killer

The artist Damien Hirst has come under fire from the RSPCA after it emerged that more than 9,000 butterflies died as part of an art work in his latest Tate exhibition.

Panama wants the Euro

Someone get the Panamanian president a map. On Monday during a visit to Europe, President Ricardo Martinelli told German Chancellor Angela Merkel that Panama would like to introduce the euro as legal tender - in defiance of both geography and economics

Strewth, it's the fashion police!

Australian man David Hoogland wasn't being rowdy, he was just having a beer with his fiancé when he was asked to leave. The reason? His mullet.

Germs Trump ‘Five Second Rule’

Most people are familiar with the famed “five second rule,” which states that if dropped food is picked up off the floor within five seconds of contact, it is still safe to consume. A new study has found that germs often win the race.

Crossing the line

In South Korea on Monday five senior military officials were reprimanded after admitting that a North Korean soldier had managed to cross the heavily patrolled border between the two countries undetected and knock on the door of his enemy's barracks.

I'll have what they're having

A Florida man was arrested after he and an unnamed companion had sex on an outdoor table in full view of other patrons. He was only charged with not paying for his

Mutant rats attack!

An increasing number of Britain's rats are mutating to become immune to commonly sold poisons, scientists have warned.

Naturals at the 'horse dance'

Etonians parody Gangam Style.

Where is Wally?

Passengers aboard an Air Canada flight to Sydney enjoyed an unusual experience as they arrived Down Under — participating in a search-and-rescue mission to find a sailor stranded off the coast of Australia.

Swinging for Islam?

On a hill in the centre of Java, thousands of Muslims regularly turn up to a religious ritual with a surprising stipulation: to seek their fortunes, they abandon spouses, find strangers, and have sex with them.

Dracula was right

Scientists say young blood stops ageing. In a study blood from young mice improved learning and memory in older mice, and increased connections between their brain cells.

Foresight Felix

This is the picture which proves that even from the age of five, Felix Baumgartner, the world's first supersonic skydiver, dreamed of reaching for the skies.

Third time unlucky

Bulgarian club Etar Veliko Tarnovo sacked coach Tsanko Tsvetanov for the third time since the start of the season on Monday.

Geek City

Lenoir, North Carolina. This rural city of 18,000 was once rife with furniture factories. Now it’s the home of a Google data center.

When the cat's away the mice will...sing

US researchers say that mice may have the ability to learn songs based on the sounds they hear.

Changing the world one definition at a time

A fiery speech against sexism by Australia's first woman prime minister has prompted the textbook of Australian English to broaden the definition of "misogyny".

'Let them wear slippers'

A pair of Marie Antoinette's slippers has been auctioned for 50,000 euros (£40,600; $65,600) on the anniversary of the French queen's execution.

Note to self: Don't make bomb jokes in airports

Peter Friesema needs to work on his sense of humor. While checking in for a flight at Alaska’s largest airport on Sunday, Friesema allegedly made a joke about a bomb in a bag. The police didn't find it funny.

A honeytrap with a sting in its tail

The CIA paid an al Qaeda spy $250,000 to help find a bride for American-born terrorist Anwar al Awlaki in a plot to locate and kill him, according to a report in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten.

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