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153-kg samosa smashes world record in London

A samosa weighing over 153 kilograms set the Guinness Record for the world's largest samosa in London on Tuesday. A dozen volunteers from the charity Muslim Aid UK built the samosa on a giant wire mesh, and deep-fried it in a custom-built vat. The previous record of 110.8 kg was set by Bradford College in northern England in June 2012.

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FB CEO to take paternity leave

Mark Zuckerberg posted on Facebook that he is going to take two months of paternity leave as his wife is pregnant with their second child. He also mentioned that his paternity leave is going to be on small parts. Zuckerberg took paternity leave when his first daughter Max was born.

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Venezuela: Thieves steal zoo animals for food

According to reports, Venezuelan authorities are investigating the theft of animals from a zoo in western state of Zulia. Two collared peccaries, which are similar to boars in appearance, were stolen over the weekend, police reportedly said. “What we presume is that they (were taken) with the intention of eating them,” Luis Morales, a police official reportedly said. Reportedly, the country is reeling under food shortages amid protests by the opposition.

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Melbourne named world's most liveable city for 7th consecutive year

Economist’s annual global liveability survey reportedly named Australia’s Melbourne city as the most liveable city in the world for the 7th consecutive year. Austria city Vienna and Canadian city Vancouver followed as the top three. Meanwhile, Syrian city Damascus, followed by Nigeria’s Lagos and Libyan city Tripoli were rated the world's least liveable cities.

 

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107-year-old Ethiopian man marries 33-year-old woman

According to reports, a man in Ethiopia, who claims to be 107 years old, has married a 33-year-old woman. The man with 108 children and grandchildren, Hajji Abdulkadir Dekema, wed his bride Furo Guyo in a wedding ceremony during the weekend, say reports. Dekema says he plans to have more children from his latest wife despite his advanced age.

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Unmarried Indonesians happier than those who have tied the knot

According to a survey taken around Indonesia, Unmarried people are happier than those who are married. The composite measure which took into account factors such as life satisfaction and meaning of life also found Indonesian men happier than the country's women. A positive correlation between social satisfaction and age was also found.

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Visitors at an aquarium in Japan were stunned when a giant stingray devoured its tank mate, a helpless squid. The stingray cornered the squid against the glass of the tank and chomped it down. The squid emits blue-black ink and desperately tries to free itself from the giant. In the end, the small squid disappeared into the stingray’s mouth.

 

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Bat that looks like YODA is officially recognised as a new species

According to reports, a bat from the rainforests of Papua New Guinea, which supposedly holds a resemblance to the 'Star Wars' character 'Yoda' has been officially recognised as a new species. It was first discovered in 2011. Scientists have christened it the Hamamas tube-nosed fruit bat after the Papuan word for 'happy', as it has an 'enigmatic' expression and smile like 'Yoda'.

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Goldfish can survive without oxygen by making alcohol

Researchers have reportedly identified that Goldfish can survive under frozen lakes without oxygen by producing alcohol.  The fish contains two sets of proteins for the breakdown of food, one with oxygen and one without. Lactic acid produced during oxygen-less respiration is converted into ethanol which diffuses into the water, preventing dangerous lactic acid build-ups.

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A rather rare pink dolphin has recently been spotted in Louisiana and a video of the creature is currently taking the Internet by storm. The dolphin is actually called Pinky by locals and was captured on camera by a Louisiana resident.

 

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Women have more active brains than men: Study

According to a study conducted by Amen Clinics, the brains of women are significantly more active in many areas of the brain than men. Amen Clinics compared 46,034 brain SPECT (single photon emission computed tomography) imaging studies provided by nine clinics, quantifying differences between the brains of men and women. The areas included prefrontal cortex, involved with focus and impulse control, and also the emotional areas of the brain, regulating mood and anxiety.

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Real estate investor buys San Francisco street for $90,000

According to reports, a couple has bought a street in the wealthy neighbourhood of Presidio Terrace in San Francisco for $90,100. Residents may take the matter to court as they were unaware their street was put up for sale for $994 in an auction to regain unpaid back taxes. The homeowners' association had failed to pay a three-decade-old property tax.

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9-year-old wanted to become 'Guardian of Galaxy', here's how NASA responded

NASA, after posting vacancy for the post ‘Planetary Protection Officer’ got a lot of applications. But this 9-year-old boy’s application stood out. NASA sent a letter back to him saying that they hope to see the boy in NASA in future.

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This is what zomato did when this guy complained about his order

This guy, Krisshna Saraswat shared the hilarious cnversation he had with zomato. It all started when he conplained about his food delivery. Zomato's costumer care does have people with funny bones to handle cool headed people like Krisshna Saraswat.

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Oviya wants to leave Bigg Boss Tamil: Report

Sources have reportedly claimed that actress Oviya wants to leave the Bigg Boss Tamil reality show hosted by actor Kamal Haasan. While rumours spread that Oviya attempted suicide in Bigg Boss house and police visited the house to investigate the matter, the source reportedly claimed that the rumours are not true. It is expected that she will be shown the door as per her request.

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12 inmates escaped from prison fools guard with peanut butter

According to reports, twelve inmates escaped a prison in Alabama, US after fooling a new guard with the help of peanut butter. The inmates smeared peanut butter to obscure the door numbers, following which the guard mistakenly opened a door leading out of the prison instead of the door leading to their jail cell. However, 11 of the 12 inmates have been captured.

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FB employee lives in car due to high rent in Silicon Valley

Due to high home rent in Silicon Valley, a contractor working for Facebook is reportedly living inside a car. However, Facebook said the woman is not a direct employee and it strives to create a 'fair and equitable' work environment for everyone. Notably, the average rent for a one-bedroom apartment in northern California is reportedly over Rs 1.4 lakh.

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Sierra Leone bans jogging in groups

The police have reportedly banned jogging in groups in Sierra Leone for public order and safety. The police accused people jogging in groups of "raining insults, obstructing traffic, pounding on vehicles, playing loud music, and snatching property from other members of the public".

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Woman has plastic surgery to avoid debts

Zhu Najuan, a 59-year-old woman in China, had plastic surgery and disappeared after a court asked her to pay off massive debts of over 25 million yuan earlier this year. In July, Zhu was reported to be in the city of Shenzhen, where police detained her. Astonished by her brand new face, police reportedly said, “She looked in her thirties and was different from the photos we had.”

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Man crashes Rs 2 crore Ferrari just an hour after buying it

In the UK, a driver crashed his Ferrari 430 Scuderia supercar in an accident after buying it just an hour before. The driver reportedly suffered just cuts and bruises after the Ferrari, priced at about Rs 2 crore, “went airborne and burst into flames”. Police believe the crash was caused due to “wet conditions” and not the car's speed.

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