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Getting dizzy, one way or another
People ride a swing in front of the St. Paul's church at the 183rd Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich on Monday, Sept. 26. The world's largest beer festival will this year be held from Sept. 17 to Oct. 3.
Golden anniversary
Silvia and Liciniu Agapi, a couple married for 52 years, dance at a party organized by a district city hall in Bucharest, Romania, Monday, Sept. 26. A district of the Romanian capital celebrated hundreds of couples, more than 600 people, ............
Scholars who studied liars, put pants on rats get prizes
A Swede who wrote a trilogy about collecting bugs, an Egyptian doctor who put pants on rats to study their sex lives and a British researcher who lived like an animal have been named winners of the Ig Nobels, the annual spoof prizes for quirky scientific achievement.
Essay contest to find new owner of Vermont weekly extended
Would-be publishers have sent in essays from as far away as Australia and Europe with promises to keep a tiny Vermont weekly alive.
House that starred in 'Harry Potter'  placed on market
A suburban house that starred onscreen as Harry Potter's childhood home is on the market -- complete with a cupboard under the stairs.
Russia military flies polar bear from the far east to Moscow
A seven-month-old polar bear, found by villagers in far eastern Russia, has been brought to the Moscow Zoo with the Defense Ministry's help.
Chinese aquarium refuses to deliver sad bear Pizza to UK
A Chinese aquarium holding a forlorn-looking polar bear named Pizza said Tuesday it has "no need" for foreign interference, after activists offered to move the animal to a British zoo.
Orphaned baby koala finds comfort in a fluffy toy friend
An orphaned baby koala in Australia has found solace cuddling a fluffy toy marsupial in the absence of his mother as he recovers from the trauma of her death.
Jumping fur joy
Mima the beagle, center, jumps after winning the gold medal in the jumping competition during the Dog Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Sept. 18.
Daredevil rockets over Snake River Canyon
Professional stuntman Eddie Braun successfully jumped over the Snake River Canyon Friday afternoon in an ode to his boyhood idol, Evel Knievel. Braun soared over the southern Idaho canyon in a custom-built rocket dubbed "Evel Spirit."
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