Winckler's Wacky World: All ears

Did Deep Blue have a bug?; why men bond with 007, bin head, magic allergy-curing cow, holocaust tattoos and Ikea: not so ethical, after all.

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All ears

Surgeons from John Hopkins University grew an ear on a cancer survivor's forearm with cartilage from her rib cage in what’s been described as the most intricate ear reconstruction in the continent's history.

Deep Blue Bug?

In May 1997, an IBM supercomputer known as Deep Blue beat then chess world champion Garry Kasparov, who had once bragged he would never lose to a machine. But was a computer glitch behind the decisive move?

No girls allowed

Previously, the catalogue of the world’s largest furniture retailer IKEA was identical all over the world. There was a noticeable difference in a recent Saudi Arabian version, however, which airbrushed all the women and most girls from its pages.

Why men bond with 007

The manly 'James Bond Theme' hits a psychological note; feelings of invincibility, memories of Dad.

Magic Cow

A special calf, conceived through genetic modification and cloning, produces milk that contains no detectable levels of beta-lactoglobulin (BLG), the protein that is believed to trigger allergic reactions.

Bin head

Firefighters were called out to rescue a man whose head was stuck in a public litter bin in Aberdeen.. It is not yet known how the man got into the predicament, which happened on the city's Justice Street.

Street art

San Jose, Costa Rica to install its first street signs. San Jose, Costa Rica, unveiled plans on Thursday to install its first street signs, so residents will not have to cite local landmarks like fast-food chains or gas stations when giving directions.

Holocaust tattoos

When Eli Sagir showed her grandfather, Yosef Diamant, the new tattoo on her left forearm, he bent his head to kiss it.