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Six of the world's weirdest taxes

Taxes might be one of life's only certainties, but no one ever said they couldn't be weird.
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Dairy cows, used in Camembert cheese manufacturing process, gather in a field in Vimoutiers, northwestern France on April 18, 2013. Since 1983, the name Camembert de Normandie has been protected as Appellation d'Origine controlee (AOC). (CHARLY TRIBALLEAU/AFP/Getty Images)
From taxes on flavored vodka in the US to beards in Russia, here are the top six wackiest taxes from around the world.
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In Swaziland, witches on broomsticks must fly low

Like airplanes and helicopters, witches on broomsticks must also obey the Swaziland's aviation laws.
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Dressed as a witch, Leigh Kosega (R) and Zabell Carstens dressed as Mary Poppins stand near a bon fire October 25, 2003 in Huntingtown, Maryland. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images) (Mark Wilson/AFP/Getty Images)
The arrest, which made for the operation of a toy drone, is the first of its kind in Swaziland, and thus represents a clear but confusing legal departure for the traditional authorities, press, and public.
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15 ways Chris Hadfield is awesome

Chris Hadfield has captivated the world since he arrived at the International Space Station in December. Let us count the ways.
Chris Hadfield has captivated the world since he arrived at the International Space Station in December. Let us count the ways.
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Bangladesh factory collapse tragedy visualized in one chart

A visual breakdown of the rising death toll and what it's like to work as a Bangladesh factory worker at Rana Plaza.

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Outrage of the Day: Racist anti-gay marriage poster goes viral

Outrage erupts in France over an anti-gay marriage propaganda poster that depicts the country's black justice minister as a raging gorilla.
Outrage erupts in France over an anti-gay marriage propaganda poster that depicts the country's black justice minister as a raging gorilla.
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Baby, baby, baby oh! (Sergiu Bacioiu/Flickr Commons)
Some New Zealand parents were attempting to up the ante in unique names so far that the country's Department of Internal Affairs had to step in to stop the shenanigans.
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Number of the Day: 45

For the first time since 9/11, polls show that more respondents are unwilling to sacrifice personal freedoms to reduce the threat of terrorism.
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The American flag blows in the wind. (TIMOTHY CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Will our desire for unencumbered civil liberties outweigh our need for increased safety measures in the modern day?
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Outrage of the Day: Korean teacher allegedly beats student and then masturbates in the hallway

After a disturbing sequence of events, a high school teacher in Seoul has been arrested for causing bodily harm and public exposure.
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Students in Seoul, South Korea. (Chung Sung-Jun/AFP/Getty Images)
After exhibiting behavior that can, at best, be described as shocking and vulgar, a 55-year-old teacher at a Seoul high school has been arrested for both causing bodily harm as well as indecent public exposure.
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Innovation of the Day: Camouflage Condoms

South African soldiers have a new camouflaged weapon in their arsenal.
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A pack of the new South African condoms 'sexy and fun', launched 14 June 2004 in Benoni in Johannesburg. (ALEXANDER JOE/AFP/Getty Images) (ALEXANDER JOE/AFP/Getty Images)
Bringing a whole new meaning to fit and flare: South African soldiers are supplied with camouflage condoms.
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Innovation of the Day: Twitter #music

It's official. ‘The best new music in the world right now’ will be available ‘soon’, Twitter has confirmed.
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Twitter Music: Coming soon to Twitter users across the globe. (Twitter Music Screengrab/Screengrab)
Twitter's music app will be able to scan users’ Twitter feeds and use the listening habits of users’ friends and contacts to recommend music for them to listen to — essentially giving it's more than 200 million users even more to tweet about.
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