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Man In India Fails To Pass 10th Grade Highschool Exam 39 Times In A Row

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JAIPUR, India - A 73-year-old man who failed his 10th grade high school exams for the 39th time vowed Friday to try again next year in the hopes that an education will improve his job and marriage prospects.

Shivcharan Jatav, a farmer from the desert state of Rajasthan in western India, had no formal education as a child. He has been trying to pass the exams since 1969, when an army recruiter told him it would improve his chances of being accepted into the military.

Burger King Starts A Spam War With McDonald's In Hawaii.

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Thu, 2007-06-14 10:00.
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HONOLULU - For many Americans, spam is a four-letter word for unwanted e-mail. In Hawaii, Spam is a beloved comfort food, with cans of the gelatinous pork bricks found in virtually every cupboard.

Napoleon's Sword Sold For $6.4 Million

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Mon, 2007-06-11 11:33.

FONTAINEBLEAU, France - A gold-encrusted sword Napoleon wore into battle in Italy 200 years ago was sold Sunday for more than $6.4 million, an auction house said.

The last of Napoleon's swords in private hands, it has an estimated value of far less — about $1.6 million, according to the Osenat auction house managing the sale.

Airline Fined $5,800 For Serving Chicken To Vegetarian.

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A court has ordered Malaysia's national airline to pay a Brahmin Hindu 20,000 ringgit (5,800 US Dollars) to compensate him for mental anguish suffered as a result of being served a chicken meal during a flight, local media reported on Saturday.

Arvind Sharma, a cargo agent for Dell computers in India, experienced depression, shock, stress and humiliation after the chicken meal on the Malaysian Airline System flight from Bangalore to Kuala Lumpur four years ago, magistrate M. Rajalingam said.

Teen Finds 2.93-Carat Diamond Worth Up To $60,000 In A State Park

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Fri, 2007-06-08 08:17.
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Walking along a path taken by thousands of others at the Crater of Diamonds State Park, Nicole Ruhter noticed something everyone else had missed - a tea-colored, 2.93-carat diamond.

81-Year-old Woman Found Living With 120 Pet Rats

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Thu, 2007-06-07 07:26.
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Officers seized more than 100 pet rats, dozens of rabbits and other animals including several birds from the home of an 81-year-old woman, who was later treated at a hospital for what appeared to be bites, authorities said.

"The woman had no food in the house for herself and seemed disoriented," said Annette Ramirez, an officer with the city's Animal Services Department. "Her arms were covered with open wounds apparently caused by animal bites."

1,683 Guitarists Play 'Smoke on Water'

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Wed, 2007-06-06 07:09.
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More than 1,680 guitar players turned out, tuned up and took part in what organizers say was a world record rendition of Deep Purple's "Smoke on the Water" - a song that was the first many of them ever learned.

10,000 Dollar Fine For Bra-Stripping Contest

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Tue, 2007-06-05 08:48.
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A Singapore radio show is being taken to task for holding a contest in which female studio guests were asked to remove their bras from under their clothes and pose for a video webcast.

Singapore media regulators say the competition was exploitative and inappropriate. They are fining MediaCorp Radio the equivalent of about $10,000 for contravening Singapore's broadcast code.

Regulators say the March talk-show segment challenged a group of women to take their bras off in the shortest possible time.

Man Scarfs More Than 59 Hot Dogs In 12 Minutes

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Artist unveils $98M diamond skull

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LONDON, England (Reuters) -- Damien Hirst, former BritArt bad boy whose works infuriate and inspire in equal measure, did it again on Friday with a diamond-encrusted platinum cast of a human skull priced at a cool $98 million.

The skull, cast from a 35-year-old 18th-century European male, is coated with 8,601 diamonds, including a large pink diamond worth more than $8 million in the center of its forehead.


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