Odd But True

China to outlaw eating of protected animal species

Breeders feed black bears cubs at a zoo in Kunming

China will jail people who eat rare animals for 10 years or more under a new interpretation of the criminal law, state media reported, as the government seeks to close a legal loophole and better protect the natural environment. China lists 420 species as rare or endangered, including the panda, golden monkeys, Asian black bears and pangolins, some or all ...

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Mobile phone thief jailed 45 years

Baffour Awuah has been sentenced to 45 years in prison.

A 20-year-old unemployed, Baffour Awuah, has been sentenced to 45 years in prison with hard labour by a Kumasi Circuit Court for robbing a man of his mobile phone worth GH¢40 and GH¢70 cash. Awuah, alias School Boy, pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy and robbery and was convicted on his own plea by the court, presided over by ...

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Men ‘take more selfies than women’

David Cameron, Helle Thorning Schmidt and Barack Obama pose for a selfie during Nelson Mandela's memorial service.

Almost double the number of men compared to women admit to taking ‘selfies’ on their phones In a survey of 2,000 people conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Samsung Electronics, 17 percent of men admitted to taking ‘selfies’ compared to just 10 per cent of women. This is part of a broader trend, whereby consumers are increasingly looking to do ...

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Why did men stop wearing high heels?


For generations they have signified femininity and glamour – but a pair of high heels was once an essential accessory for men. Beautiful, provocative, sexy – high heels may be all these things and more, but even their most ardent fans wouldn’t claim they were practical. They’re no good for hiking or driving. They get stuck in things. Women in ...

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18 arrested for watching porno


The police in the Ejisu-Juaben Municipality in the Ashanti Region have arrested 18 children and young adults for watching pornographic movies and playing video games. The children and young adults, between the ages of 18 and 22, were arrested in two separate operations. Eight of them were arrested between the hours of 12 midnight and 1 a.m. at Ejisu-Krapa. They ...

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Man leaves $1,000 tip for dog’s surgery


Good people, not to mention good tippers, do exist. Christina Summitt knows that for sure now after what happened Saturday night. The paw-print tattoo on Summitt’s wrist often leads to conversations with strangers about her love of animals; she’s a volunteer with a pit bull rescue group and spends lots of time finding homes for animals of all kinds. While ...

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Boyfriend for hire


China’s Taobao is one of the world’s largest e-commerce websites, a combination of eBay and Amazon, only bigger. Its 500 million registered users trade almost 50,000 items of merchandise every minute on average. Taobao has two major platforms – the TMall, where established brand owners sell directly to customers, and the Taobao Market place, where smaller companies and budding entrepreneurs ...

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Ethiopia: The bigger a Suri girl’s lip is extended, the more cows she gets as dowry


It may look odd to us, but in the Ethiopian Suri tribe, this enormous lip plate is actually a sign of beauty. When girls hit puberty they have their bottom two teeth removed in a bizarre ritual before a small hole is cut into their bottom lip. A clay disc is then inserted into the hole, which is steadily increased, ...

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Saudi Arabia to build world’s tallest tower

It is expected construction of the tower will require 5.7 million square-feet of concrete and 80,000 tons of steel.

Dubai — long champion of all things biggest, longest and most expensive — will soon have some competition from neighboring Saudi Arabia. Dubai’s iconic Burj Khalifa — the world’s tallest building — could be stripped of its Guinness title if Saudi Arabia succeeds in its plans to construct the even larger Kingdom Tower in Jeddah — a prospect looking more ...

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Pope must call T.B. Joshua to order – Kwaku Bonsam

Nana Kwaku Bonsam

Popular Ghanaian fetish priest, Nana Kwaku Bonsam, has revealed to that he would be meeting Pope Francis over Nigerian Prophet T.B. Joshua. He is set to leave the shores of Ghana on Friday 18th April to Italy where he hopes to meet the Pope, the most powerful Christian leader. Nana’s move, according to him, is to get the Pope ...

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