Sweden and Switzerland have launched a joint campaign to help Chinese tourists tell the two countries apart.
While the mix-up isn't solely a problem for the Chinese, it has become a particular issue for those from the Asian nation because both countries' names are written similarly in Mandarin — Ruidian (Sweden) and Ruishi (Switzerland) — and begin with the same symbol.
Spanish concert pianist Laia Martin is on trial and could face more than seven years in jail after a neighbor complained her practicing caused psychological damage.
The neighbor, known only as Sonia B because of tribunal regulations, says she suffered from noise pollution caused by Martin's practice sessions, which last eight hours each day, five days a week, between 2003 and 2007.
Australia once was home to a bitey platypus species that measured over three feet long, and had a full set of teeth.
Platypus aren't generally known for either their ferocity or their taste for the flesh of the living, but the newly described Obdurodon tharalkooschild proves the species family had a past that was decidedly nastier. Or at least bigger.
The word news most often conjures up visions of U.S. troops in Afghanistan, the troubled global economy, a political crisis in Washington, erupting volcanoes and devastating earthquakes. But as we all know, there is far more to news than that. Indeed, it’s often the wacky, weird, offbeat and sometimes off-color stories that can most intrigue and fascinate us. Those stories can range from changing astrological signs to lost pyramids in Egypt but in their essence they all cast new light on the shared human condition in all of its wild diversity.