Sheep impregnated using 50-year-old sperm

Endangered species may have found a new lifeline after sheep were impregnated using 50-year-old frozen sperm. Samples taken from four rams including one called Sir Freddie in 1968 are described as the "world's oldest known...

Hip hop best bet for a cheese that will please: Swiss study

BURGDORF, Switzerland (Reuters) - Exposing cheese to round-the-clock music could give it more flavor and hip hop might be better than Mozart, Swiss researchers said on Thursday. Nine wheels of Emmental cheese weighing 10...

Hit by an arrow, mobile phone dies saving Australian man

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - An Australian man had a lucky escape while confronting a man armed with a bow outside his home, as a loosed arrow pierced the mobile telephone he was holding to take...

Pig bones reveal how far Stonehenge feasters travelled

Archaeologists have uncovered evidence of early large-scale celebrations, with people travelling hundreds of miles for feasting rituals. Four sites close to Stonehenge and Avebury, including Durrington Walls, Marden, Mount Pleasant and West Kennet Palisade Enclosures...

German yachtsman inflates trousers to survive 3 hours in sea

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Knocked overboard in rough seas off New Zealand, a German yachtsman credited his jeans with saving his life after fashioning them into a make-shift life jacket that kept him afloat for...

Man is caught by a whale – and lives to tell the tale

A tour operator who was almost swallowed by a whale has said the experience made him realise just how small humans are. South African Rainer Schimpf had been filming a sardine run - where gannets,...

Maths trick blows people’s minds on Twitter

Figuring out percentages can be a nightmare - especially if you haven't got a calculator to hand. But now, a maths whizz has blown people's minds on Twitter after sharing a simple way of working...

Hearts removed from children at 600-year-old sacrifice site

New photos have been released from the largest child sacrifice grave ever discovered. More than 140 youngsters were buried alongside three adults and 200 animals - either llamas or alpacas - from the 15th century...

Mooing, no booing for roller-skating Spanish farmer with a dream

LLANUCES, Spain (Reuters) - After tending to his cows all day, Pablo Pato swept the hay off the floor and transformed, almost Cinderella-like, into a freestyle roller skater without leaving the cowshed in the...

Map bombshell could mean Wales needs to return land to England

A mountain surveyor claims the border between England and Wales has been incorrectly marked for more than a century - and England should be given more land. Myrddyn Phillips says he has worked out that...

UK town battens down the hatches for crazy ‘royal’ football game

LONDON (Reuters) - Hundreds of people descended on the town of Ashbourne in central England on Tuesday to play a traditional football game in which the rules are hazy and the goals three miles...

1,500 live turtles found duct-taped in airport luggage

Police have been left shell-shocked after finding more than 1,500 live turtles wrapped in duct tape in unclaimed luggage in the Philippines. The 1,529 reptiles, with a street value of £66,000, were discovered in four...

Kenyans charged with imitating president to con businessmen

NAIROBI (Reuters) - A Kenyan court charged seven men on Wednesday for impersonating President Uhuru Kenyatta and swindling a prominent businessman out of 10 million shillings ($100,000) in yet another high-profile corruption case. The...

As Trump and Kim prepare for summit, bars in Vietnam serve ‘Peace Negroniations’

HANOI (Reuters) - Kim Jong Ale? Rock It, Man? Or how about a glass of Peace Negroniations? Bars in Vietnam’s capital are cashing in on the second summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and...

Big thaw hits Harbin ice sculptures in China

BEIJING (Reuters) - Ice and snow sculptures carved by nearly 10,000 artists in the city of Harbin have melted during a sudden warm spell, forcing the earliest closure of the main venue at China’s...

Firefighters rescue mountain lion stuck in tree

The cat was perched on a branch 15m (50ft) above ground - and rescuers have since released the mountain lion back into the wild.The big cat was perched on a branch about 15m (50ft)...

We’ve got this mountain of trash – why don’t we ski down it?

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - What to do with the mountain of garbage a major metropolitan area produces is an age-old question. Copenhagen has come up with a brand-new answer: ski down the mountain. Well, not...

Entrance to ‘hell’ found in Midlands cave network

The marks were previously thought to have been graffiti, but now experts say they were intended to ward off evil spirits. Witches' marks are most commonly found in old churches and houses, often near...

Dead mayor makes it through to final round in election

Skip to content Charles Lamb comes second in a primary in Edmond, Oklahoma, and will be on the final ballot in April. Mr Lamb, who had been mayor since October 2011, put his name forward for...

‘Tinder for cows’ matches livestock in the mood for love

PETERSFIELD, England (Reuters) - A Tinder-inspired app is helping farmers match up potential partners for their cattle. Called “Tudder” - a mix of dating app Tinder and udder - it lets farmers swipe right...

Theresa May ‘scrapes mould off jam and eats preserve below’

Skip to content The prime minister gave her tip to cabinet ministers, as they mulled how to cut down on food waste. The Daily Mail says she told top MPs gathered in Downing Street on Tuesday...

Swans hold up traffic as they cross M3 at rush hour

Skip to content Highways England warned people to approach with caution because one of the birds was injured and could not take off. Drivers were warned to "approach with caution" because a couple of the...

Pot smoker finds overweight tiger in abandoned house

Skip to content Police initially thought the caller was hallucinating when they received a call of a surprise discovery of a tiger. "A concerned citizen called 311," said Sgt Jason Alderete, of Houston police department's major...

Toronto police probe hurling of chair from high-rise balcony

TORONTO (Reuters) - Toronto police said on Monday they are investigating an incident of a woman hurling a chair from the balcony of a high-rise condominium that was captured on a video that went...

TV host: I haven’t washed my hands in 10 years

Skip to content Pete Hegseth confessed to never washing his hands after his co-host told viewers he had been eating day-old pizza on set. The presenter said he has improved his health since he stopped washing...

Indonesia police apologise for using snake in Papua interrogation

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesian police have apologised and pledged disciplinary action after officers draped a live snake around the neck of a suspect to persuade him to confess during an interrogation session in the...

Dog with suspected tumour had needle in his neck

Skip to content X-rays revealed Toby the Yorkshire terrier, who suffered neck pain and struggled to walk, had a sewing needle close to his brain. The vet in Beauly, near Inverness, feared the 13-year-old might have...

Dog thought to have tumour – until needle found in neck

Skip to content X-rays revealed Toby the Yorkshire terrier, who suffered neck pain and struggled to walk, had a sewing needle close to his brain. The vet in Beauly, near Inverness, feared the 13-year-old might have...

Greek minister caught taking a puff tells EU official to butt out

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece’s deputy health minister has told the European Union’s top health official to butt out after getting a reprimand for smoking in public. Deputy minister Pavlos Polakis was caught on video...

Do you recognise this footage? It was found in seal poo

The owner of a USB stick is being tracked down by New Zealand officials - after it was found frozen in seal poo. The only clue to help locate the mystery owner is a "data...

Memories made of this: USB stick found in frozen seal poo

(Reuters) - Scientists in New Zealand say they have found a USB memory stick containing holiday photos inside a frozen slab of seal poo. The scat, valuable for studying the health of leopard seals,...

Where the streets have no name (and voters keep it that way)

Voters in a town in northwest Germany have delivered a resounding message to their local council - keep our streets nameless. Residents of Hilgermissen were asked to take part in a referendum to decide...

NFL: Fans in St. Louis can flush away anger at Kroenke

(Reuters) - Three years after leaving St. Louis for the glamor of Tinseltown, the Rams are going to the Super Bowl, adding an extra sucker punch for many fans in the team’s old hometown....

Harry Styles face tattoo was PR stunt, singer reveals

The singer who caused a stir after appearing to get a tattoo of Harry Styles on her cheek has revealed it was all a fake to promote her new single. Kelsy Karter, a big fan...

Pungent ‘J-Queen’ durians sell for $1,000 in Indonesia

JAKARTA (Reuters) - An Indonesian variety of the durian - a pungent, spiky fruit considered a delicacy across many parts of Asia — has been sold in a store on the island of Java...

Archaeologists discover ‘first beer ever brewed in the UK’

Archaeologists have made an "incredibly exciting" discovery while working on a project to widen a major road - evidence of what is believed to be the first beer brewed in the UK. The team working...

Smelly fruit goes on sale for £750

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‘World’s loneliest duck’ Trevor killed by dogs

Trevor "the world's loneliest duck" has died after being attacked by dogs on the tiny Pacific island of Niue. The mallard became a celebrity last year when he became the only duck on the island...

Roman remains unearthed near famous Lisbon restaurant

LISBON (Reuters) - Portuguese archaeologists digging near one of Lisbon’s most iconic restaurants, the Solar dos Presuntos (Manor of Hams), have discovered a large Roman cemetery holding 2,000-year-old skeletons and various ancient artifacts. The...

NFL fans abuse English woman in mistaken identity

An English woman with the same name as an American footballer who cost his team the AFC championship has had angry fans abusing her. Dee Ford, from Gillingham, Kent, woke up to hundreds of Twitter...

‘I’m not Huddersfield’s new boss, I’m Martin from Wakefield’

Martin Warhurst was sitting in John Smith's Stadium's directors' box watching City take on the Terriers when a Sky Sports reporter approached him and asked him whether he was becoming Huddersfield's new boss. It was...

Pot washer wins $21m for working on Sundays

Marie Jean Pierre was fired in March 2016 from the Conrad Miami Hotel for missing work on six Sundays so she could attend Bethel Baptist Church in Miami. The 60-year-old, originally from Haiti, had worked...

Penguins rescued by police – months after being stolen from zoo

Nottinghamshire Police said the two Humboldt penguins were taken from a zoo in November but they were able to recover the South American birds after "putting our beaks in". After finding the black and white...

Striped body painting may protect from horsefly bites

But scientists think that the stripes may also protect humans from the blood-sucking insects. Many of the indigenous tribes in Africa, Australia and Papua New Guinea who paint stripes on their bodies also live in...

Trudeau’s ‘lost twin’ finds fame in Afghan talent show

Abdul Salam Maftoon's appearance has turned him into an unlikely celebrity in his home country with some fans believing the two men were "separated at birth". Although the Afghan Star contestant had never heard of...

Toto’s Africa to play on loop ‘for eternity’ in desert

Namibian-German artist Max Siedentopf is behind the installation in the Namib Desert, which consists of six speakers attached to an MP3 featuring Africa, and Africa only. The multiplatinum-selling soft rock classic, released in 1982, has...

Dad visited by police after baby son tasted chilli sauce

Paul Dawson, 39, said he was left tearful when officers attended his property because somebody reported the post. The barber had written about a trip to TGI Friday's with his partner Laurencia Wood, 21, and...

Egg poaches Instagram record from Kylie Jenner

More than 25 million people have given their approval to the random photo, beating the more than 18 million likes received by a picture Jenner shared to announce the birth her daughter Stormi last...

Rhea named after Chris Rea on the run after escaping farm

Thames Valley Police were called at 11:47am on Sunday to help catch the feathered renegade, after it was spotted running in the road at Chiltern Bank, Peppard Common. The force said the bird is named...

Has Wales got the world’s steepest street?

Baldwin Street in Dunedin, on New Zealand's south island, has a confirmed gradient of 35% at its steepest but residents of Harlech say their challenger, Ffordd Pen Llech, is steeper at 36%. But it isn't...

‘Anger room’ gives China a smashing way to reduce rage

Smash, in Beijing, is equipped with bats and hammers - and punters can take out their rage on old broken appliances like televisions, clocks, and telephones. The anger room was set up in September by...

How UK ‘aviation nut’ rumbled Trump’s secret trip

Self-described "aviation nut" Alan Meloy, from South Yorkshire, was taking photos of passing planes when he sighted Air Force One. Mr Meloy captured the photo from his front door step as the presidential aircraft soared...

Frenchman, 71, on trip to Caribbean in huge orange barrel

Jean-Jacques Savin set off from El Hierro in Spain's Canary Islands and is hoping to finish the trip in the orange vessel, which will use ocean currents to propel itself, in about three months. He...

Rudolph the red-nosed burglar sought by police

The burglar, who appears to be female, broke into a business in the town and was filmed on CCTV stealing several items. She was wearing a large Rudolph mask, which she briefly took off near...

Pensioner wins $1m a day after his wife beats cancer

On Friday, doctors confirmed that his wife was cancer free, after multiple surgeries for liver cancer and hospital stays for colon cancer. Then on Saturday afternoon he won $1m (£790,000) at a casino in Atlantic...

Miracle as cruise ship rescues adrift fishermen

The Costa Ricans had been adrift at sea for about three weeks when they were spotted by the crew of the Empress Of The Seas. According to James Van Fleet, chief meteorologist at the cruise...

Britons troll US newspaper over London crime article

A New York Times article by London correspondent Ceylan Yeginsu said that after a decade of austerity, police in the city were "unable to pursue most suspects involved in minor property crimes". The article asked...

Santa on the naughty list after ‘swearing at children’

The Santa, whose human alias has not been revealed, had been in his grotto at a family event in St Ives, Cambridgeshire, when fire alarms were activated by smoke from another event nearby. Parents said...

Man rescued after two days in restaurant grease vent

The man, who was physically exhausted and suffering from dehydration, likely "would not have survived another day given the circumstances," Alameda County Sheriff's Office said in a Facebook post. Sheriff's officers and the Alameda County...

Hi-tech Russian robot exposed as man in costume

The Rossiya 24 news channel broadcast footage of what it presented as Boris the dancing, singing robot at a technology forum for school pupils. But viewers and other journalists spotted some human-like movements and other...

Hefty hounds shed pounds in weight loss challenge

Borris, a formerly rotund Cavalier King Charles spaniel, tipped the scales at a whopping 4st 6lb, but doggedly worked his way down to a svelte 3st 4lbs. He was top dog in the PDSA Fit...

NBA star Curry claims moon landings were faked

Stephen Curry, regarded by many as one of the best shooters in NBA history, made the comments in the Winging It podcast on Monday. During the episode, Curry's teammate Andre Iguodala asked the basketball player...

Kim Jong Un moisturising masks prove big hit in South Korea

The "unification moisture nuclear masks" - nicknamed nuke masks - feature a picture of the smiling North Korean leader wearing a white sheet mask on the packaging. Propaganda-style slogans appear on the individual packs, which...

‘Ghost’ problem costs Mozambique civil service £200m

Some of those on the government payroll - which accounts for 55% of the poor African country's state expenditure - did exist but they were paid for jobs they did not do, while others...

World’s oldest bird, aged 68, lays another egg

Wisdom the albatross has laid another egg at her nest site in Midway Atoll National Wildlife refuge on a tiny island about 1,200 miles northwest of Hawaii, in the Pacific Ocean. Biologists believe Wisdom is...

Kind postman turns into an elf to collect letters to Santa

Primary school children at Antingham and Southrepps Primary School in Norfolk had written their wishlists to Father Christmas but were concerned he would not receive them. Royal Mail postman Andrew Harrison came to the rescue...

Why Burger King is sending customers to McDonald’s

If customers are within 600ft of a McDonald's in the US, they can unlock a deal giving them a Whopper burger for one cent through the Burger King app. The app then offers directions to...

‘Shocking’ image shows van dragging enormous Christmas tree

The "shocking" speed camera image, posted by Plymouth PC Jane Bickley, showed the tree almost dragging along the road behind the silver vehicle. The van had been travelling on the A38 towards Plymouth and was...

Too much sleep may be bad for the heart, study finds

Researchers discovered death and diseases of the heart or blood vessels in the brain are more likely to affect people who had more than eight hours' sleep a day compared to those who slept...

Woman left with fear of owls wins £12k payout

Sally Brayshaw, 56, from Stoke-on-Trent, was told she was possessed by demons and the devil was "having a real go" at her by GP Thomas O'Brien. At one of a series of religious meetings she...

Why do flies suddenly appear every time you open a beer?

Of course, nobody really wants those flies - but still they come, following the opening of a beer like Monday follows the weekend. Now scientists have figured out how fruit flies have such a knack...

Moo-ve over: Big bovine trumps Knickers by an inch

Knickers the giant steer has been overtaken in the stakes of enormous viral bovines, just two days after finding online celebrity. The seven-year-old neutered male cow stands at a whopping 6ft 4in. His extraordinary size saved...

Royal Mail tells boy it delivered card to dad in Heaven

This year the seven-year-old from West Lothian decided to send a birthday card, with a special request to the postman. He wrote on the envelope: "Mr postman, can you take this to Heaven for my...

Doctors eat Lego for digestion experiment

Despite the best efforts of parents, children are prone to swallowing small plastic toys - usually prompting a visit to the doctor. Paediatricians are often asked how long it will take for the toys to...

Knickers the cow ‘too big to be slaughtered’

The steer - a neutered male cow - is so huge he was unable to be processed at the slaughterhouse and as a result managed to save himself from a premature death, according to...

Amateur club sorry for faking footballer’s death

Ballybrack FC, who play in the Leinster Senior League, reported that Fernando Nuno La Fuente had been killed in a road accident last Thursday. The club's next match, against Arklow FC, was postponed and the...

Hang glider clings on for his life after pilot forgets strap

Chris Gursky, an auto-parts dealer from Florida, was on holiday with his wife in Switzerland when he decided to see the sights from above. After taking off from a 4,000ft mountain edge, Mr Gursky -...

Nice swan: Bird on motorway causes rush-hour chaos in Glasgow

Traffic built up on the M8 around Glasgow after the swan was spotted swanning around in the third lane of traffic on Tuesday morning. Officers were sent to protect the large bird, which refused to...

Sleeping pilot misses destination by 29 miles

The pilot, who was the only person on board at the time, overshot the remote Tasmanian island where they were due to land after dozing off. The Piper PA-31 was travelling from Devonport to King...

Leaning Tower of Pisa ‘straightening up’

Experts of the tower's surveillance group, which monitors restoration progress, said the monument was "stable and very slowly reducing its lean" following 17 years of observation. The 57-metre (186ft) construction straightened by 4cm (1.5in), according...

‘Extremely drunk’ curlers kicked out of tournament

Ryan Fry, who won gold at the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014, was part of a team ejected from the Red Deer Curling Classic for what the World Curling Tour called "unsportsmanlike behaviour." After receiving...

Tiny Italian town catches 58,000 speeding in fortnight

Alessandro Alessandri, the mayor of Acquetico, a tiny village of 120 mostly elderly people near the French border in northern Italy, installed the camera after dozens of complaints about speeding. The results revealed 58,568 speeding...

Darts players blame each other for breaking wind

Gary Anderson, 47, a Scottish two-time world champion, saw off his 34-year-old Dutch opponent, Wesley Harms, 10-2 to reach the quarter-finals of the Grand Slam of Darts. However, Harms complained that he was affected by...

Sainsbury’s launches edible insects in UK first

Barbecue-flavour roasted crickets are being put on sale in 250 stores across the country from Sunday. The Eat Grub's "smoky BBQ crunchy roasted crickets" are described as "crunchy in texture with a rich smoky flavour". Packets...

Sleepy sailor crashes boat as nap ‘costs him victory’

Alex Thomson was 15 hours ahead of the field as he approached the finish line in the Route de Rhum, a 3,542-nautical mile solo transatlantic race. 0:58 Video:Sleepy sailor feels 'frustrated but lucky' With the...

These are the funniest animal pictures of 2018

Award-winning wildlife photos can take hours to set-up and lots of waiting in earnest for that perfect moment - often in treacherous or uncomfortable natural habitats. But sometimes, the best pictures are those that happen...

BA sued over injuries caused by ‘Lomu-sized passenger’

Stephen Prosser, 51, is suing the airline for £10,000 over his experience on a flight from Bangkok to Heathrow, which he says left him with a continual back spasm and an injury causing a...

Heavy heart as kilograms get redefined

Representatives from 60 countries voted in favour of measuring a kilogram by the Planck constant, ending decades of definition by a small piece of metal held in a vault in Paris. Le Grand K, a...

‘More than 7,000’ still watching black and white TV

Despite an increase in the use of smart televisions, as well as tablets and smartphones to access TV content, some 7,161 UK households are spurning modern technology and have not switched over to colour...

Man, 69, launches legal battle to drop age by 20 years

Dutch entrepreneur Emile Ratelband is hoping he will be able to change his date of birth from 11 March 1949 to 11 March 1969 after his doctors said he had the body of someone...

Chinese city bans dog walking in daylight hours

Pet owners in Wenshan will no longer be able to take their dogs out for a walk between the hours of 7am and 10pm, and they can't take them to parks, shopping centres, sports...

‘Dead’ man turns up two months after burial

Aigali Supygaliev, from Kazakhstan, was pronounced dead after DNA tests on badly burned human remains proved with "with 99.2% certainty" that they were his. Authorities issued an official death certificate and he was "buried" in...

Fans ridicule ‘terrifying’ statue of Mohamed Salah

The sculpture of the Egyptian forward, which was shown at the World Youth Forum in his native country's Sharm el Sheikh, comes after a bust of fellow footballer Cristiano Ronaldo was widely mocked. Image:The statue...

Giant Boris Johnson effigy to go up in flames

The former foreign secretary - who quit his job back in July over the direction of Brexit negotiations - has been chosen by the Edenbridge Bonfire Society in Kent as its celebrity Guy for...

HMRC spends £10,000 on ‘sorry’ flowers

Despite criticism, the taxman defended the delivery of bouquets as a "more personal gesture" for responding to complaints. According to a Freedom of Information request by the Daily Telegraph, HMRC paid florists a total of...

Guess who: The e-fit rogues gallery from hell

Despite drawing plenty of ridicule from social media users, forces across the UK insist the computer-generated images remain a useful tool in aiding investigations. But sometimes, no matter how much you might be willing to...

‘Human Spider’ banned from climbing any UK building

The 56-year-old grandfather was arrested after ascending the 662ft (202m) Heron Tower, also known as the Salesforce Tower, in a stunt which saw police close the surrounding roads as soon as they were alerted...

Humvee dropped from US plane lands in garden

The three-tonne vehicle came down in an area frequently used by children to play, according to neighbours in Johnsonville, North Carolina. It landed in the back garden of a property and between two houses, but...

The one with the beer theft: Schwimmer pleads innocence

The footage shows him leaving a shop carrying a crate of cans, in an exact copy of the alleged theft. He wrote on Twitter: "Officers, I swear it wasn't me. As you can see, I...

Aliens? Photoshop? NASA explains mysterious iceberg

The oddly satisfying phenomenon was discovered near the Larden C ice shelf in the Antarctic Peninsula. From yesterday's #IceBridge flight: A tabular iceberg can be seen on the right, floating among sea ice just off...

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