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Yesterday โ€” April 19th 2018Reuters Oddly Enough

Horses throw toads to win quirky British pub championship

LONDON (Reuters) - With the final brass "toad" nestled at the bottom of the hole, team members from the Black Horse club jumped in the air to chest bump after becoming world champions at one of Britain's more obscure pub games.

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Marx birthplace cashes in on 0 euro notes for anniversary

BERLIN (Reuters) - The German city of Trier is struggling to keep up with demand for 0-euro notes, bearing the face of its most famous son and communism's creator Karl Marx, and sold for 3 euros each as part of celebrations for his 200th birthday.

'No to sex on roundabouts', Norway tells high school graduates

OSLO (Reuters) - Norway's high school graduates should refrain from running naked across bridges and having sex on roundabouts lest they give drivers "too much of a surprise", the national transport regulator said on Wednesday.

You want tarantula with that? At U.S. burger joint, it's an option

DURHAM, N.C. (Reuters) - Kristin Barnaby, a self-described arachnophobe, found a way to overcome what she dreads at a North Carolina burger joint.

Singing road strikes wrong chord with Dutch villagers

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Take the highway past the Dutch village of Jelsum and the road will play you a tune.

Chinese aviation buff builds full-scale Airbus replica

KAIYUAN, China (Reuters) - A man in northeastern China who always wanted to own an aircraft is doing the next best thing: building a full-scale replica of an Airbus A320 jet.

Japanese man, 112, recognized as world's oldest male

ASHORO, Japan (Reuters) - A 112-year-old Japanese man born months before Albert Einstein published his theory of special relativity was recognized on Tuesday as the world's oldest man.

Temasek stake values 'Salt Bae' Turkish restaurant owner at $1.2 billion

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Singapore's Temasek and Britain's Metric Capital have bought into Nusr-Et steakhouse owner D.ream in a deal valuing the Turkish firm at $1.2 billion.

UK Wife Carrying champ beats the mud to win place in world final

DORKING, England (Reuters) - With a sliding dive worthy of a rugby try, Chris Hepworth flung himself and his partner over the finishing line to become UK Wife Carrying champion, and now has his eye on the world title.

Far from war, Basra's cats lap it up in their own hotel

BASRA, Iraq (Reuters) - A world away from Iraq's battlegrounds, Basra's cat-lovers have found a haven for their favorite pets.

No more pain for Philippine devotee nailed to cross for 32nd time

CUTUD, Philippines (Reuters) - A Philippine man who has been nailed to a cross every Easter for the past 32 years in a Good Friday re-enactment of Jesus Christ's crucifixion says he no longer feels any pain from his wounds.

Unheard for 300 years, Italian mass rediscovered

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Lost for about 300 years, a mass by Italian composer Giovanni Battista Pergolesi is proving popular with audiences across Europe after being rediscovered by researchers.

Turkish chefs savor sweet success with world record baklava

ANKARA (Reuters) - A group of chefs in Turkey claimed a world record for the largest baklava on Thursday with a giant tray of the pastry dessert weighing over half a ton.

At 55, 'French spiderman' keeps climbing world's skyscrapers

PARIS (Reuters) - Alain Robert, sometimes known as the "French Spiderman" for climbing skyscrapers world worldwide, is still defying gravity at the age of 55.

'The cat of the match' gets Besiktas in trouble with UEFA

(Reuters) - Turkish soccer club Besiktas ended up in trouble with European soccer's governing body, UEFA, on Thursday, a day after a cat sneaked on to the pitch during their Champions League match against Bayern Munich.

'Forget about it': EU kills pizzeria's 'Mafia' trademark

LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) - EU judges failed to see the funny side of branding a chain of pizzerias as "The Mafia", rejecting an appeal on Thursday by a Spanish company to keep European trademark protection for its marketing slogan.

Reporter's eye-roll steals spotlight at Chinese parliament

BEIJING (Reuters) - A TV reporter's theatrical eye-roll during another journalist's question at a news conference stole the show this week during China's annual parliament session, exploding on Chinese social media before censors intervened.

Slovenia claims world's first blockchain monument

KRANJ, Slovenia (Reuters) - The first monument to the blockchain technology that underpins crypto-currencies took center stage on Tuesday on a roundabout in Slovenia, authorities in the country's fourth largest city said.

Putin says grandfather cooked for Stalin and Lenin

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Vladimir Putin's paternal grandfather worked as a cook for both Vladimir Lenin and Joseph Stalin, the president said in a film posted on the internet on Sunday.

Twice as nice - Barbra Streisand cloned beloved dog

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "If we had the chance to do it all again, tell me would we, could we?" Barbra Streisand had a hit singing this question in "The Way We Were," but when it comes to getting a new pet she does not have to wonder.

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