Bird brains can crack nut trading game with self-control: study

OSLO (Reuters) - Cockatoos can delay eating nuts in order to win tastier ones, a surprise sign that birds can exercise self-control, a trait usually seen as the preserve of animals with larger brains, a study showed on Wednesday. Scientists gave Goffin cockatoos, a mainly white species from Indonesia, a nut while showing them a more attractive one just out of reach. If the birds did not nibble the first nut for up to 80 seconds, they learnt they would get the second instead. ...

It's a dog's life in Formula One

(Reuters) - A dog's life in Formula One, if your owner is Lewis Hamilton, means a VIP pass to the races and being pampered by the sport's supremo Bernie Ecclestone. Hamilton, the 2008 champion who moved from McLaren to Mercedes at the end of last year, has acquired a bulldog called Roscoe which accompanied him to the last pre-season test in Barcelona.

Student brought $20,000 to school

A 12-year-old recently had quite the show-and-tell at school: According to the Detroit News, she brought a backpack stuffed with $20,000 in cash. Police, who declined to name the girl, said the student received it from a child who lives across the street from her in Taylor, outside of Detroit. Word got around at the [...]

Seized cannabis lamps help grass grow at Notts County

LONDON (Reuters) - Heat lamps seized by police in raids on local cannabis farms will be put to good use by third tier English soccer club Notts County to help their own - legal - grass grow at the Meadow Lane stadium. A spokesman for County, founded in 1862 and the oldest professional football club in the world, said police had donated the confiscated equipment that would previously have been crushed. Students from Nottingham University were helping to design and build wheeled rigs to house the lamps that should be ready for the rigors of next winter. ...

Vets save NYC dog who swallowed 111 pennies

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City dog has undergone emergency surgery to remove more than 100 pennies from his stomach.

Man who wrestled shark away from kids fired for missing work

A 62-year-old man who bravely dragged a shark away from children at an Australian beach has been fired from his job at a British charity because he had claimed to be on sick leave. Paul Marshallsea and his 56-year-old wife, Wendy, were on leave from the Pant & Dowlais Boys & Girls Club in Wales [...]

Rodman backs black papal candidate in PR stunt

ROME (AP) — After raising eyebrows by going to North Korea, former U.S. basketball star Dennis Rodman is continuing his bizarre global tour by visiting Rome — purportedly to help Ghanaian Cardinal Peter Turkson become the first black pope.

Putin urges Soviet-style fitness program, with actor Seagal

By Alexei Anishchuk MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin reached back to Soviet dictator Josef Stalin's era for a plan to improve Russians' physical fitness on Wednesday, and appeared with film actor Steven Seagal at an event aimed at promoting healthy lifestyles among young people. In a meeting at a martial arts school on Moscow's outskirts, Putin called for physical education rooted in a Soviet-era system.

European lawmakers leave "green fairy" out of absinthe

By Teddy Nykiel BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Charles Baudelaire and Ernest Hemingway may well turn in their graves. Absinthe, the green-tinged alcohol that fuelled poets, writers and artists in 19th century France, does not have to contain its most important ingredient to be labelled "absinthe", the European Parliament decided on Wednesday.

White lion and dog become best friends at zoo (VIDEO)

A zoo in Australia has become home to a decidedly odd couple: a young white lion and a dog that have become companions. The Darling Downs Zoo in Pilton, Queensland, has posted a delightful video of the pair, named Kwanza (lion) and Honey (dog). They met when Kwanza’s mother stopped producing milk. Zoo caretakers had [...]

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