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Neil Armstrong’s moon bag sells for Rs 11.58 crore

In an auction held in New York on Thursday, a bag used by US astronaut Neil Armstrong to bring moon dust samples back to Earth was reportedly sold for Rs 11.58 crore. After the Apollo 11 mission, the bag was stolen from Houston's Johnson Space Center before being found years later. The bag still contains traces of moon dust.

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Widow sees dead husband in five-month-old calf

According to reports, a woman in Cambodia believes that a five-month-old calf is the reincarnation of her dead husband. The 74-year-old woman reportedly said up to 100 people a day visit her home to see the calf which, according to her, behaves very similar to her dead husband. The cow was born in March and has attracted a strong following on social media. A video reportedly shows the calf walking up stairs into the family's one-story home.

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GoT season 7 premiere becomes most watched show

The season 7 premiere of HBO's hit television series Game of Thrones became the most watched in the show's history with 10.1 million viewers tuning into the live broadcast. According to HBO, this season's first episode beat viewership for last year's season 6 finale, which had 8.89 million viewers. It was also the most tweeted GoT episode ever with 2.4 million tweets.

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Man dresses as deceased sister for 20 years to comfort elderly mother

According to reports, a man in South China said he has been dressing as a woman for the past 20 years in order to help his mentally ill mother cope with the death of his sister. Guilin, a man in his 50s in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region is a long-haired gentleman dressed in a tight, blue and white traditional qipao dress with what appears to be fake breasts. His mother said, “She is my daughter. When my other daughter died she became my daughter.”  The man said, “The first time I dressed as a woman she was so happy, so I kept doing it.”

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52-year-old completes 2682 push ups in an hour to set record

Fifty-two-year-old Welshman Carlton Williams has registered 2,682 press ups in 60 minutes. By this achievement, he has reclaimed the Guinness World Record for most number of push ups in one hour. In November last year, Roman Dossenbach from Switzerland had registered 2,392 push ups in an hour. Notably, Williams first achieved the record in 2015 by doing 2,220 push ups.

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WWE's Triple H gifts customised belt to Mumbai Indians

Triple H, the EVP of talent operations in pro-wrestling company WWE has gifted a customised WWE Championship belt to IPL 2017 winners Mumbai Indians. Triple H tweeted a photo of the customised championship belt with the caption, "@MIPaltan @ImRo45 as promised, the @WWE Title is on its way. Congratulations! @WWEIndia." Notably, MI won IPL the same day Indian-origin wrestler Jinder Mahal was crowned WWE champion.

 

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19-year-old wins the lottery twice in 1 week

Nineteen-year-old US girl won the lottery twice in a week after she bought two scratch-off tickets for ₹322 each. She first won ₹3 crore and then won ₹64 lakh, both of which were top prizes for the two tickets. "She wants to go shopping and buy herself a new car," wrote the lottery representatives on their website.

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Drinking coffee regularly can lead to a longer life: Experts

According to a new study by US researchers at the University Of Southern California (USC), people who drink regular or de-caffeinated coffee experience health benefits such as increased longevity. In a study of more than 1,80,000 participants, the researchers found out that people who drank coffee were exposed to lesser risks of health hazards and rather experienced health benefits including increased longevity.

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Drinking alcohol can affect your newborn: Study

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued numerous statements about the dangers women and their newborns may face in the future. According to reports, drinking alcohol can cause certain disabilities in the baby, which is known as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs).

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Now smelling food can make you fat: Study

According to studies conducted by the University of California, the odour of what we eat can play a crucial role in how the body deals with calories. By the reports, If you cannot smell your food, you may burn it rather than store it and mere smelling of food can make you fat. The research was carried out on obese mice, it was noted that those mice that lost their sense of smell also lost weight. Interestingly, the newly slimmed-down and smell-deficient mice ate the same amount of food as mice that retained their sense of smell and, in fact, managed to gain more weight.

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Woman running out of data threatens to jump off building

In Changzhou of East China's Jiangsu Province on Wednesday, a woman threatened to jump off a building after she had exceeded her monthly data limit, say reports. The woman had been watching soap operas on her mobile phone and had exceeded her data limit. She went to a store belonging to her Internet provider to demand an explanation. When asked to pay a 20 yuan extra charge, she refused and threatened to jump off the building. The drama finally ended when the store manager purchased some data for her at his own expense.

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Limited edition fidget spinners to be sold for INR 11 lakh each

A limited edition fidget spinner manufactured by Russian luxury jewellery firm Caviar will go on sale for a massive £13,000 (INR 11 lakh). The fidget spinner will be an exclusive gold-plated caviar, making it the most expensive and the first of its kind. Interestingly, the manufacturer also offers fidget spinners made out of diamonds for £1,290.

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World’s cutest solar farm in China is shaped like a panda

China-based solar energy firm Panda Green Energy Group has announced that its panda-shaped solar plant has been connected to the grid. It's located in Datong, a city in the province of Shanxi, northern China. The plant has an output of 50 megawatts, which is said to be enough to power more than 8,000 US households. Two types of solar panels give the plant the look of China's favourite monochromatic animal.

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Man eats 72 hot dogs in 10 minutes

Joey ‘Jaws’ Chestnut, a 33-year-old Californian, on Tuesday, chomped down 72 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes at a contest on New York’s Coney Island. The man won the competition for the 10th time in the contest which is a tradition that marks every Independence Day holiday in the United States. In the 2016 edition of the eat-fest, Chestnut downed 70 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes to win the title.

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GOT season 7 finale to be longest episode of series

According to reports, the season 7 finale of HBO produced hit series Game of Thrones will be 82 minutes long, making it the longest episode of the series. Further, the report added that the makers are considering to make every episode in the final season feature length, as per the show's sound designer Paula Fairfield. Until now, the longest episode in the series has been the season 6 finale titled The Winds of Winter at 68 minutes.

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Notice issued to 3 policemen for playing candy crush

According to reports, three Bihar policemen have been reportedly issued notices for playing Candy Crush and browsing on the phone during a programme being addressed by Bihar CM Nitish Kumar in Patna on June 29. Interestingly, one of the officers was seen going through photographs of US President Donald Trump and his wife Melania Trump with PM Narendra Modi.

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Health vlogger mistakenly eats poisonous plant for aloe vera on live-stream

A 26-year-old Chinese vlogger accidentally ate a poisonous plant live on camera thinking it was a harmless aloe vera leaf. The woman known as Zhang was broadcasting her “Aloe Vera Feast” to her hundreds of viewers to promote the purported health benefits of eating aloe vera leaves raw. She had mistakenly bitten into Agave Americana, a poisonous plant native to Mexico which resembles aloe vera. By the time Zhang arrived at the hospital, she had broken out into rashes and blisters, say reports. She is reported to be in stable condition now after doctors removed the plant by pumping her stomach.

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McLaren supercar worth Rs 1.05 Cr wrecked in crash

A supercar identified as a McLaren 570S worth £143,000 (about Rs 1.05 crore) was reduced to a charred wreck when it crashed into a house on a Wiltshire country road in the UK. The driver and a passenger sustained only minor injuries, but photos released by Dorset and Wiltshire fire and rescue show the McLaren vehicle was destroyed.

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Stray dog steals hearts at classical concert in Turkey

A stray dog stole the hearts of the audience at a music concert in Turkey. The dog ambled across the stage when the audience at the show was raptly attentive by the effervescent score. The music-loving canine stopped at the conductor's podium and stared at an adoring public, who by now had lost interest in anything else and burst into laughter and applause. Like an experienced performer who has seen it all many times before, the dog settled down beside the first violinist and stole the rest of the show with an unmistakable yawn. Star Turkish classical pianist Fazil Say wrote on his Facebook page, “The most adorable classical music fan. Audience and the orchestra welcome the special guest.”

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Woman names her son GST, after he was born on night of roll out

According to reports, a woman in Rajasthan named her newborn son as GST, after he was born on June 30 midnight while the new tax structure was being launched. Meanwhile, the state’ CM Vasundhara Raje congratulated the woman, tweeting, "Live long & healthy Baby GST!" Notably, PM Modi had rolled out the Goods and Services Tax in a special midnight session of Parliament the very same day.

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