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Ria van Dijk's yearly self portrait at a fairground shooting gallery.
A three-year-old boy from Surrey demonstrates his incredible memory.
Half a million dirty Britons wash their bed sheets only three times ayear, a
survey discloses laying bare the disgusting bedroom habits of the nation.
A woman stabbed her boyfriend through the eye with a stiletto during a row in
a taxi, it has emerged.
A primary school has banned Valentine's Day cards from the premises because of
concerns that young pupils spend too much time talking about boyfriends and
A father was banned from carrying his daughter on his shoulders during a
shopping trip to Tesco.
A 14-year-old New Zealand girl beat a shark with a body board after it had clamped its jaws on her hip, managing to scare off the creature and escape serious injury, it was reported Tuesday.
Mike Buss, a former soldier, has run into the record books by covering more
than 500 miles in a week on a treadmill.
Women have overtaken men in an online Trivial Pursuit battle to prove which
sex is most intelligent.
"Where does water come from?", "why is the sky blue?" and "what
is infinity?" are among the questions that parents struggle to answer
for their children.
A dog called Oscar visited famous landmarks around the world.
A decree banning women from wearing trousers in Paris is still technically in force it emerged on Monday making the laissezfaire French capital theoretically stricter than hardline Sudan in the fashion stakes.
A text message reading "Thatcher has died" set off a diplomatic flurry among members of Canada's parliament at a black tie dinner this week local media reported on Thursday.
A series of tasteless graves with expensive marble headstones mark the final resting places of men thought to be Russian gangsters.
Scientists believe kissing was developed to build up immunity to illness.
A Google Earth image which was said to have shown the Loch Ness monster could have been a boat which regularly tours the loch.
A Tunisian woman is reported to be about to eclipse the octuplets of the American mother Nadia Suleman after becoming pregnant with 12 babies.
A teacher Melanie Ryding who only learned to swim front crawl 18 months ago has been selected to represent Great Britain in the World Triathlon Championships.
Roisin Madigan a student is being paid to do what student's do best sleep.
Some Britons are so lazy they would rather watch a television programme they do not like than get out of their chair to change channels.
Wildlife authorities have finally caught up with a kangaroo that has spent the past 10 days hopping around the French countryside.
Sneezing choking on a cup of tea and falling over the dog are among the most unusual ways people hurt themselves a poll has found.
Canadian Dave Carroll who accused United Airlines of breaking his guitar is to release another song after his first tune got 3.7m hits.
A New Hampshire man has said he swiped his debit card at a gas station to buy a pack of cigarettes and was charged over 23 quadrillion £14 quadrillion.
Christie's the auction house founded in 1766 has launched an iPhone application in a bid to bring art to the digital age
A man was arrested after allegedly firing a shotgun over the heads of crop circle spotters in Wiltshire.
A vet who paid for 20000 leaflets to be printed after a customer's beloved cat was lost has now brought in sniffer dogs to track down the missing animal.
Pulsating blobs filmed in a North Carolina sewer which promted claims they were an 'alien' lifeform are found to be worms.
Sam Bester looks like she is about to be swallowed up by a sea monster.
Polar bears are not dying out and Turkey Twizzlers are fine according to a new book from scientists wishing to challenge science "scare stories"
Britons should have plenty to smile about on Friday June 19 as it's officially the happiest day of 2009.
Mexico's navy has seized more than a tonne of cocaine stuffed inside frozen sharks authorities said.
Rock star Alice Cooper is being reunited with his beloved collection of more than 300 horror movies after his bag went missing at an airport.
An American pastor has invited his parishioners to bring their guns to church to celebrate America's Independence Day in a show of support for the right to bear arms.
Jogger becomes the first man in Britain to suffer a 'twinjury' an injury sustained while using Twitter.
A "feral" fiveyearold girl who hisses and barks after being forced by her family to live as one of their many pets has been rescued from a home in far eastern Russia.
A pet dog was trapped underground in a rabbit warren for 25 days until he lost so much weight that he was able to crawl out.
Bees are able to stick to flowers because petals act as a natural Velcro it has been discovered.
Apple founder honoured with portrait created from fonts used on products.
Twitter has experienced one of its worst 24hour periods following row over '@replies' setting which allows people to follow conversations and server failure
Woman warned her son is overweight and risking cancer because he is one pound over NHS guidelines.
Firefighter saved a horse from drowning after it got stuck up to its neck in a muddy bog.
To those around him the softlyspoken Irishman seemed no different to any of the other tourists enjoying the splendours of some of the nation's finest stately homes.
A motorist was given a £100 fine after his car was clamped on his own driveway.
High Down prison in Surrey is to launch a corden bleu restaurant where inmates will prepare and serve the food.
Local government officials in China have been ordered to smoke nearly a quarter of a million packs of cigarettes in a move to boost the local economy during the global financial crisis.
A House of Lords committee has become the first parliamentary body to invite members of the public to submit their views through YouTube.
Gordon Brown is due to feature in a forthcoming episode of the cult cartoon programme South Park.
Tilly the Chorkie measures eight inches from nose to tail.
A husband spent £25000 constructing a 12seater working chapel in his back garden for his wife.