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Brazilian surfer rides record wave in Portugal

Brazilian surfer Carlos Burle rode a wave that may have measured as much as 100 feet, a product of powerful storms in Europe.
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Brazilian big wave surfer Carlos Burle rides a wave in Nazare, central Portugal, on October 28, 2013. (Wikimedia commons)
A Brazilian surfer has likely broken a world record for surfing the largest wave ever, after cruising down the side of an enormous swell in Portugal.

Britney Spears songs played to scare off Somali pirates

Metro reports that Britney Spears' songs "Oops! I Did It Again" and "One More Time" are used by the merchant navy to scare off Somali pirates along Africa's east coast.
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Britney Spears speaks onstage during the iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sept. 21, 2013. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Somali pirates are crying "Gimme Less" over the merchant navy's latest secret weapon -- Britney Spears.

Safari club promotes conservation by killing endangered rhino

The fundraiser, "Save the Black Rhino," includes auctioning off a permit to kill the rhino on a safari in Namibia.
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Prince William, Duke of Cambridge feeds a 5 year old black rhino called Zawadi at Port Lympne Wild Animal Park on June 6, 2012. The US-based hunting group is auctioning off a permit to kill a black rhino in order to raise money to save them. (Chris Jackson/AFP/Getty Images)
Kill a rhino to save a rhino.

Moose hunter accidentally shoots man on toilet in Norway

The hunter in Norway was taking aim at a moose southeast of Oslo, but missed and accidentally hit a man sitting on the toilet in a nearby cabin.
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A hunter in Norway aiming for a moose accidentally hit a man sitting on the toilet in a nearby cabin instead, police said. (PATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty Images)
A hunter in Norway aiming for a moose hits a man sitting on the toilet in a nearby cabin instead.

'Racist' This Africa cigarettes drop the monkey advertising

South Korea's KT&G tobacco company agrees to pull monkey advertising for This Africa cigarettes after complaints.
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A panel advertises "This Africa" cigarettes at a convenience store in Seoul on October 23, 2013. South Korea's top tobacco firm KT&G said on October 23 it would pull ads for This Africa after complaints that images of apes was racist. (JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images)
"We absolutely had no intention to offend anyone and only chose monkeys because they are delightful animals that remind people of Africa," says KT&G.

Second oarfish washes ashore in California

Another 14-foot-long, serpent-like oarfish has washed ashore in San Diego, the second rare fish to appear in a week.
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A rare oarfish found in San Diego in 1996. (Wikimedia commons)
A second oarfish has been found off the California coast, marking a surprising uptick in sightings of these dragon-like and elusive creatures.

Czech artist David Cerny flips parliament the bird (PHOTOS)

Czech artist David Cerny flipped parliament the bird by floating a giant purple middle finger statue down Prague's Vltava River, aimed at the government building.
It is not yet known how long the finger will float in President Milos Zeman's face, but he has said he cannot comment on it, since he is on an official visit to Ukraine and hasn't seen it yet.

Red-headed children attacked during ‘Kick a Ginger Kid Day’ at UK school

Students in south Yorkshire were beaten after classmates organized a campaign against redheads.
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The red-haired comedian Carrot Top. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
The incident appeared to have been inspired by a recent episode of the American television series, “South Park.”

Boy Scout leaders in big trouble for toppling ancient rocks

Utah Boy Scout leaders say they destroyed an ancient rock formation to protect kids, but may face the wrath of the legal system.
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Goblin Valley in Utah. (Wikimedia commons)
Two Utah Boy Scout leaders are in big trouble after they filmed themselves toppling a Jurassic-era rock formation at Utah's surreal Goblin Valley State Park.

Giant chunk of Russian meteor found in lake (VIDEO)

A 1,200-pound chunk of the meteor that streaked across the Russian skies of Chelyabinsk earlier this year was discovered by divers in Lake Chebarkul.
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Men watch a computer screen in Moscow on Oct. 16, 2013, as a team of divers pull a 1.5-metre-long (five-foot-long) suspected meteorite from Lake Chebarkul in the Chelyabinsk region. It is said to have been part of a meteor whose ground-shaking shockwave hurt 1,200 people in February. (-/AFP/Getty Images)
Scientists working at a Russian lake have recovered a 1,200-pound chunk of a meteor that exploded over Chelyabinsk earlier this year.