Solid gold toilet stolen from English stately home

A gang of thieves on Saturday stole an 18-carat gold toilet from Britain's Blenheim Palace, police said, causing flooding that damaged the world-famous stately home. The fully-functioning toilet, dubbed "America", was created by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan and estimated to be worth around £1 million. The toilet was one of the star attractions in an exhibition of Cattelan's works that opened on Thursday at the palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Cruel Food Brands Mangle Books For Meme Challenge. Readers Aren't Having It.

Books are doused with milk and gummed up with Gushers. Publishers, readers, bookstores and libraries resist.

Cats, dolphins and one smart raven: the CIA's secret animal spies

In early 1974, Do Da was top in espionage class, on the way to becoming a high-flying CIA agent: he handled himself better in the rough, carried heavier loads, and could brush off attackers. The bird was a central figure in a decade-long US Central Intelligence Agency program to train animals as agents, helping Washington fight the Cold War against the Soviet Union.

India's Stalin admits to problems visiting Russia

Sharing a name with one of Europe's most brutal dictators isn't a problem in his home country, but Indian politician MK Stalin admitted Friday it raised eyebrows on a visit to Russia. When I said 'Stalin' many people at the airport started looking at me," Stalin told the Times of India. MK Stalin's father M. Karunanidhi, the socialist former chief minister of Tamil Nadu state, deliberately named his son after the Russian communist leader Joseph Stalin.

2019 Ig Nobel Awards Honor Weirdest Science Discoveries Of Year

This year’s winners included Dutch and Turkish researchers who figured out which nation has the yuckiest money and an Italian scientist who urges consumption of pizza for its health benefits.

Rugby: Octopuses predict Japan will beat Ireland but not reach knockouts

Two octopuses in Obira, on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido, have predicted the hosts of the Rugby World Cup will not progress from their pool when the tournament begins later this month.

Egyptian masseur plays with fire to ease muscle pain

An Egyptian masseur plays with fire to relieve his clients' muscle pain at his spa in the Nile Delta governorate of Gharbeya.

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