No porkies: Boks win could be written in the stars

South Africa will be counting on more than oriental fortune-telling to lift the World Cup -- but for followers of ancient Chinese astrology, the Springboks could be worth a flutter. Under the Chinese zodiac system, the year of the pig falls every 12 years and as such the South Africans should turn England into crispy bacon in Saturday's blockbuster final in Yokohama -- 12 years after their last title in 2007, which in turn came 12 years after their first.

Disneyland then World Cup as Kolisi's dad makes first overseas trip

Springbok captain Siya Kolisi has arranged for his father to watch him in Saturday's World Cup final -- his first-ever overseas trip -- and Kolisi senior headed straight for Disneyland. Kolisi, the first black captain of the South Africa rugby union team, grew up in the poor township of Zwide outside Port Elizabeth and his father has never left the country until now.

Man Sticks Cannabis In His Nose, Forgets About It For 18 Years

The patient snorted a cannabis-filled balloon before going into prison and thought he had swallowed it, doctors said.

'Hero" dog to get a White House homecoming: Trump

The "hero" dog wounded in the US commando raid that culminated in the death of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is getting a White House homecoming next week, President Donald Trump said Thursday. Trump revealed that the military dog, a Belgian Malinois, is named "Conan" -- heretofore a closely guarded secret because the information could be used to identify the special forces unit that carried out the raid in Syria over the weekend.

The chosen bun: Decade-old burger's decay livestreamed in Iceland

A decade after McDonald's shut down in Iceland, thousands of online users follow the live slow decay of the last order -- a seemingly indestructible burger with a side of fries protected in a glass case like a precious gem. The American chain closed its only three branches in Iceland during the subarctic island's financial crisis in 2009, making it one of the only Western countries without a McDonald's.

At Lucca's Comics festival, 'cosplayers' take to the streets at Halloween

In the days around Halloween, a visitor to the scenic Tuscan city of Lucca might be forgiven for thinking the locals are a bit larger than life. Each year, the walled city is invaded by thousands of fans of comics, video games and animated films who prowl the medieval streets dressed as their favourite characters during the Lucca Comics and Games festival.

The race to eat Bangkok's 'biggest burger', a 10,000-calorie challenge

A Bangkok burger joint has become an internet sensation after YouTubers started challenging each other to eat its biggest meal - a near 6kg (13 pound) patty covered in fried onion rings, bacon and mayonnaise.


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