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Staying fit: Japan’s elderly hits record in challenge to labor market

TOKYO (Reuters) – Swinging dumbbells and chewing gum, several elderly Japanese gathered at a shrine in downtown Tokyo on Monday in sweltering temperatures, belying their age and importance in one of the world’s most rapidly aging societies. Reuters: Oddly Enough

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Hospital allow kids to drive themselves to operating room

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A San Diego children’s hospital unveiled a collection of remote controlled luxury mini cars on Tuesday that allow its young patients to ‘drive’ themselves to the operating room. Reuters: Oddly Enough

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Geneva toilets flush with cash

GENEVA (Reuters) – Geneva prosecutors are investigating after toilets in a bank and three restaurants were blocked by about $ 100,000 in high-denomination euro banknotes, they said on Monday. Reuters: Oddly Enough

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Sock horror! Terrifying lizard turns out to be dirty clothing

LONDON (Reuters) – It was seven inches long, two inches wide, pink, stripy and the English family who discovered it hiding under a bed thought it could be a dangerous lizard. Reuters: Oddly Enough

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Liquid cats, crocodile bets and didgeridoos win Ig Nobel science prizes

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (Reuters) – Scientists taking on the deep questions of whether cats are liquid or solid, how holding a crocodile influences gambling and whether playing the didgeridoo can help cure snoring were honored Thursday at the Ig Nobel Prize spoof awards. Reuters: Oddly Enough

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Venezuela’s new plan to beat hunger: Breed rabbits

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s government this week urged citizens to see rabbits as more than “cute pets” as it defended a plan to breed and eat them even as the opposition says this would do nothing to end chronic food shortages. Reuters: Oddly Enough

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No more monkey business: lawsuit over macaque’s ‘selfie’ is settled

(Reuters) – A novel U.S. legal battle over who owned a famous smiling “selfie” taken by a critically endangered monkey six years ago – the animal who snapped the picture or the nature photographer who owned the camera – has been settled out of court. Reuters: Oddly Enough

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Portable Czech brewery brings home-made beer garden dreams a step closer

PRAGUE (Reuters) – For beer lovers who dream of brewing their own pint, a portable brewery from the Czech Republic may be just the thing – if they have $ 124,000 to spare. Reuters: Oddly Enough

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Monster “fatberg” found in east London sewer

LONDON (Reuters) – One of the biggest “fatbergs” ever seen in Britain – a ball of fat as long as three soccer pitches – has been found blocking a Victorian-era, east London sewer. Reuters: Oddly Enough

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Mexico breaks world record with 3-tonne guacamole

CONCEPCION DE BUENOS AIRES, Mexico (Reuters) – The recipe for a record-breaking guacamole? 25,000 avocados and 1,000 people to mash them. Reuters: Oddly Enough