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'Up' aviator Jonathan Trappe tries to cross Atlantic suspended by hundreds of helium balloons, fails

Trappe, 39, is an IT project manager and cluster ballooning specialist, and was the first person to cross the Channel and the Alps with helium balloons.

Skateboarding goat among entries to the 2014 Guinness Book of World Records

The latest edition of the Guinness world records book features more than 3,000 new or updated entries.
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He Ping Ping of China earned a spot in the 2009 Guinness Book of World Records as the shortest person on the planet. (YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)
The latest edition of the Guinness world records book features more than 3,000 new or updated entries.
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11 amazing things Michele Bachmann has said about the Middle East and North Africa

Representative Michele Bachmann from Minnesota has done amazing things. She sang "Happy Birthday" to Elvis on the anniversary of his death. She said the HPV vaccine makes people retarded. She claims to have been trapped in a bathroom by lesbians. But we're here to talk about the Middle East.

German firm apologizes for producing anti-immigrant condoms

BERLIN — A German firm has apologized for producing condoms marked with an offensive message that were used in a far-right party's campaign against immigrant births. The contraceptives, ordered by the youth wing of the National Democratic Party (NPD), came in black boxes bearing the slogan "For foreigners and certain Germans." The activists sent them to lawmakers as a protest against "unchecked immigration."

Mexico City mulls legal marijuana 'clubs'

The Mexico City council is considering the legalization of cannabis plants and the creation of private marijuana smoking "clubs" as it mulls controversial legislation to liberalize consumption, lawmakers said Wednesday.

'Vampire' skeleton found in Bulgaria with stake in its chest

Sofia — The skeleton of a man who lived between the 13th and 14th centuries, and had an iron stake driven into his chest to prevent him from becoming a vampire, was found in Bulgaria recently, archaeologists said. The finding was made at the ancient urban complex in Perperikon, located in southern Bulgaria, chief archaeologist Nikolay Ovcharov said.

'Crazy obsession': The Singaporean man with 6,000 Barbie dolls

By John O'Callaghan SINGAPORE (Reuters) - The white exterior and spartan grey staircase of Jian Yang's tidy rowhouse give no hint of the shock that lies within - a pink living room floor and his collection of more than 6,000 Barbie dolls. The 33-year-old Singaporean favors minimalist decor but the Barbies and 3,000 dolls of other kinds dominate three sides of the main room and spill over to fill nine mirrored cabinets in his dressing room and the shelves of his study.

Hermes creates $13,000 basketball for Beverly Hills store opening (VIDEO)

French luxury fashion group Hermes, famed for its exclusive handbags and scarves, said Friday it had created a $12,900 basketball to grace its renovated Los Angeles store. The blue calf leather ball is hand-stitched and embossed with the house's trademark H sign along with the inscription Beverly Hills. It was to be in the shop window of a newly renovated Hermes store on posh Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, but "someone asked me to keep it aside for him," Hermes boss Axel Dumas told AFP.

How much for a tooth? Tooth Fairy's doling out nearly $4 a tooth, a survey says

NEW YORK, NY — Days of finding a quarter under your pillow are long gone. The Tooth Fairy no longer leaves loose change. Kids this year are getting an average of $3.70 per lost tooth, a 23 per cent jump over last year's rate of $3 a tooth, according to a new survey by payment processor Visa Inc., released Friday. That's a 42 per cent spike from the $2.60 per tooth that the Tooth Fairy gave in 2011. Part of the reason for the sharp rise: Parents don't want their kids to be the ones at the playground who received the lowest amount.
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