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Merkel's 60th birthday brings both presents and speculation

Angela Merkel, who turned 60 on Thursday, is likely to be less than impressed by the presents and tributes given to her so far.<p>On Wednesday night, European council president Herman Van Rompuy presented her with a No 60 Germany shirt that not only looked a cheap replica version of the real thing, …

Tens of thousands sign a petition to help 'the world's saddest' polar bear

Arturo the polar bear makes his home far from his native territory. Arturo lives in Argentina, in a zoo, where he's described as "the saddest animal" in the world.<p>Arturo's plight, and concerns that he might quite literally be going crazy in his small and overly warm enclosure, came to light …

Think Your Home Is Cat-Friendly? 9 Rooms That Will Put You To Shame

These luxurious, elaborate spaces were all built for feline fun.<p><b>Animated Abode</b><p>This San Diego home was formerly owned by Bob and Frances Walker, who designed the cat-tastic abode for their feline family in 1986. The cat lovers built a floor-to-ceiling scratch post, staircases and above-floor …

Godzilla: the early years - in pictures

First published on Sat 28 Jun 2014 19.05 EDT

Meet the New Oldest American

Gertrude Weaver of Arkansas celebrated her 116th birthday on July 4 and is the new oldest-living American, according to the Gerontology Research …

The Durable Led Zeppelin

John Paul Jones, Led Zeppelin's bassist and keyboard player, was quietly playing backgammon and half listening to a phone-in radio talk show on New …

Do you write in your books?

Marginalia from the 16th and 17th centuries are being studied and digitised, to reveal 'an unvarnished history of personal reading'. What traces of your literary past end up on other people's pages?<p>Web project allows modern readers to 'look over the shoulders' of Renaissance scholars<p><i>Update: it</i> …

9 Regional Slang Words We Should All Start Using

We Americans love our slang. Winky terms like <i>terrific</i> and <i>awesome</i> are now so ubiquitous that they barely even qualify as slang anymore. We wear <i>bling</i> to parties and have a <i>blast</i>; we <i>goof off</i> and then <i>catch some z's</i>.<p>Despite the pervasiveness of slang, however, there are deep reserves of regional slang …

Emma Watson Switches It Up In Racy Bra Top And See-Through Skirt

Emma Watson's signature style typically consists of classically chic dresses, but her edgy look at the Valentino show in Paris on July 9 surprised us in the best way possible.<p>Watson bared her midriff in a lacy bra top and a matching, high-waisted sheer skirt. The 24-year-old offset the all-black …

12 Jobs You Can Do Anywhere in the World

The traditional 9-5 office job isn't your only option. Did you know that? Sure, it works for plenty of people. In at 9 a.m., out the door as the bells chime 5p.m., lather, rinse, repeat. Monday through Friday, 52 weeks per year for 40 years or more. <i>It works for plenty of people.</i><p>If you are not in …

The World's Best Airlines

The airline took the top spot from Emirates, which ranked fourth on this year's list from leading airline reviewer Skytrax. The ranking is based on a survey filled out by nearly 19 million customers, and covers both full-service and budget airlines across 41 metrics related to product and …

11 Simple Inventions That Could Change The World

We have a tendency to lionize mankind's mind-bogglingly complex inventions. It's why we teach our children about the Alexander Graham Bells and Thomas Edisons of the world, and scour the Internet for every little iPhone rumor we can find.<p>But sometimes, it's the simple technologies that truly change …