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UK braces for crazy "royal" game

Hundreds of people descended on the town of Ashbourne in central England on Tuesday to play a traditional soccer game in which the rules are hazy and the goals five kilometers apart.
Source: Reuters | 2019/3/6 17:28:43

Wisconsin prepares to crown US cheese champion

Grim-faced judges squeezed, sniffed and tasted thousands of samples Tuesday at the United States Championship Cheese Contest to answer that subjective question: which cheese is cheesiest?
Source: AFP | 2019/3/6 17:28:43

President Trump serves up junk food to college athletes again

President Donald Trump didn't have to change the menu Monday for his second hosting of college athletes at the White House this year. Once again he served piles of fast food.
Source: AFP | 2019/3/6 17:28:42

Six-year-old boy gets stuck on the toilet, firefighters take an hour to gingerly pry it off

A 6-year-old boy who was unable to free himself after his bum got stuck in a toilet on Friday night, was finally rescued by five firefighters who had to disassemble the toilet seat to free him.
Source: Global Times | 2019/3/5 17:58:40

Five in rescue have lived 398 years

Three men, whose ages total 237 years, jumped into action on Sunday when their neighbor of 40 years, a couple who have lived a combined 161 years, called for help, in Quzhou, East China's Zhejiang Province.
Source: Global Times | 2019/3/5 17:48:40

Court rejects appeal of 'vulgar' trademark

The Beijing High People's Court rejected on Friday an appeal by two Chinese celebrities whose proposed trademark for their fashion brand had been ruled invalid because of its vulgar insinuation by the Trademark Review and Adjudication Board in 2016.
Source: Global Times | 2019/3/5 17:38:40

'Pug of war' over eBay sale of impounded dog in Germany

A decision by German local authorities to impound a pug from an indebted family and hawk it on eBay was spiraling on Monday into likely court case.
Source: AFP | 2019/3/5 17:33:41

Algerian uses namesake cousin to stymie election law, run for president

An Algerian man who was ruled ineligible to stand in April's presidential election, got his cousin and namesake to take his place.
Source: AFP | 2019/3/5 17:33:40

Uni's cafe offers free coffee for publishing a paper

Publishing an academic paper not only enriches the authors' CV, it also earns them a free drink at a cafe at an East China university.
Source: Global Times | 2019/3/4 17:59:21

WeChat repairs its auto translation service after users point out some unintended funnies

China's popular instant messenger app, WeChat, said it is repairing its translation engine after netizens made fun of a number of English to Chinese translations that popped up relating to young Chinese heartthrobs, including Kris Wu, Cai Xukun and TFboys.
Source: Global Times | 2019/3/4 17:48:40

Colorado man kills orphaned cougar cub that attacked him on jogging path

A mountain lion strangled by a Colorado man after it attacked him on a jogging trail last month was a young cub, weighing no more than 18 kilograms and likely orphaned but not starving, state wildlife officials said on Friday.
Source: Reuters | 2019/3/4 17:48:39

Swiss marijuana study may allow chosen users to get legally high

Switzerland may let up to 5,000 people smoke marijuana legally in pilot studies to help shape new rules for recreational use of the drug, the government said on Thursday.
Source: Reuters | 2019/3/4 17:43:40

Skating trails transform Winnipeg

Every winter, two rivers flowing through the Canadian city of Winnipeg freeze and tens of thousands of people don their skates to enjoy what is very likely the world's longest outdoor ice rink.
Source: AFP | 2019/3/4 17:43:39

Students write wills for online course

A course on thanatology at Guangzhou University, whose assessment includes asking students to write a will for themselves, was selected among open online courses (MOOC) in 2018.
Source: Global Times | 2019/3/3 17:12:03

Wanted man applies for police job

A wanted online suspect went all the way to a local police station in Lanshan county, Central China's Hunan Province on Friday.
Source: Global Times | 2019/3/3 16:58:39

Diners meet partners in 'tricky' restaurant

A hot pot restaurant in Central China went viral on Chinese social media after the owner created a unique way for single diners to start their surprise date.
Source: Global Times | 2019/3/3 16:48:41

AI portrait joins Warhol, Basquiat and Freud at London auction

A computer-generated portrait of a face that will change and mutate forever is among the works that went on display in London on Friday ahead of a major art auction next week.
Source: Reuters | 2019/3/3 16:48:40

Siberian shaman defends camel burning tradition

A Siberian shaman whose group slaughtered and burned five camels in a ceremony he said would "strengthen Russia" spoke out Thursday in defense of a ritual that horrified many.
Source: AFP | 2019/3/3 16:48:39