Funny stories from around the world

Some more funny and random headlines from around the world:

  • German flea circus hit by freeze: A flea circus in Germany has been scrambling to replace its performers after the entire troupe was wiped out by the freezing weather.
  • Motown piano returns to Detroit: A grand piano used in the Motown Records studios is restored and put on display at a museum dedicated to the legendary record label.
  • Tolkien ‘curse ring’ goes on display: An ancient gold ring thought to have inspired JRR Tolkien to write The Hobbit goes on display at a Tudor house in Hampshire.
  • Exhaled breath is unique fingerprint: Scientists report that compounds present in breath are unique to individuals – a “breathprint” – and could be exploited in a range of medical applications.
  • Male baldness ‘indicates heart risk’: Men going thin on top may be more likely to have heart problems than their friends with a full head of hair, according to researchers in Japan.
  • Libraries to store UK web content: Six major libraries are to collect and preserve the UK’s increasing cultural and intellectual output that appears in digital form, including tweets and blogs.
  • Queen honoured with Bafta award: The Queen receives an honorary Bafta for her support for British film at a glittering ceremony – and is described as “the most memorable Bond girl yet”.
  • Bulgaria prays to end suicides: Bulgaria begins three days of special prayers requested by the country’s president because of national pessimism and a spate of suicides.
  • Chinese tourists top spending league: The Chinese have become the single biggest source of global tourism income after spending $102bn (£67bn; 79bn euros) while travelling abroad in 2012.
  • Mali ‘to replace eaten French camel’: An official says Mali is to send the French president a replacement camel after the first, given to him as a gift, was eaten.
  • US ‘hermit’ held in food burglaries: A man who lived as a hermit in the Maine woods for nearly three decades committed more than 1,000 burglaries for food and supplies, police say.
  • Bank ‘error’ on James Joyce coin: The Central Bank of Ireland has said it regrets an error on a new commemorative coin which misquotes James Joyce.
  • Team reconstructs ‘human ancestor’: The most complete view yet of a possible human ancestor uncovered in South Africa has revealed an intriguing mix of human and ape traits.
  • Airport tech reveals hidden artwork: Researchers reveal a fresco hidden beneath the surface of a known forgery at the Louvre museum – using technology similar to that of airport scanners.
  • Actress claim against IMDb rejected: An actress who sued Amazon.com after her age was posted on its Internet Movie Database has her claim rejected by a federal jury in Seattle.

Funny stories from around the world

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