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South Africa's 'Pavement Bookworm' Wants Everyone To Read

By Meera Dolasia on July 17, 2014
South Africa's 'Pavement Bookworm' Wants Everyone To Read

Most homeless resort to panhandling to make ends meet. However an enterprising young South African man has come up with an interesting alternative - he spends his days spreading the joy of reading and selling books written by his favorite authors. Meet Philani Dladla aka 'Pavement Bookworm'.

Hong Kong Invaded By 1600 Paper Mache Pandas!

By Charlotte Miller on July 15, 2014
Hong Kong Invaded By 1600 Paper Mache Pandas!

On June 9th, even the most rushed traveler at Hong Kong's International airport paused to admire the mesmerizing sight of 1,600 pandas, each the size of a human baby, some sitting, others standing - all eager to be whisked away to the city's numerous landmarks. As you may have already guessed, they were not live animals but replicas made from recycled materials by French sculptor, Paulo Grangeon.

National Ice Cream Month Starts Today!

By Meera Dolasia on July 1, 2014
National Ice Cream Month Starts Today!

While most of us don't need an excuse to devour one or even a few scoops of ice cream, it is always nice to have one. And what better reason than helping fulfill one's civic duty, which is what United States residents will be doing when they eat the creamy treat this month. That's because July happens to be National Ice Cream Month!

Newsflash! Adorkable Is Now A Legitimate Word!

By Meera Dolasia on June 12, 2014
Newsflash! Adorkable Is Now A Legitimate Word!

With the increasing popularity of text messaging and social media sites like Twitter, which allow limited characters, people have become increasingly innovative with conventional English words. Laugh out loud has transformed into lol and even the simple ok is now better recognized as just k. It is therefore not surprising to hear that HarperCollins, one of the world's largest publishers has decided to start legitimizing the new language by adding it to the 12th print edition of the Collin's English dictionary.

Are Cat Owners Smarter Than Dog Owners? This Study Certainly Thinks So

By Meera Dolasia on June 8, 2014
Are Cat Owners Smarter Than Dog Owners? This Study Certainly Thinks So

The fact that dogs and cats dislike each other is no secret. Now the results of this new study may evoke a similar feeling between the animal owners. That's because it asserts that cat owners are generally smarter than dog owners!

The Tiny Kiwi Bird's Colossal Cousin

By Allegra Staples on June 7, 2014
The Tiny Kiwi Bird's Colossal Cousin

Judging by their looks, one would never guess that New Zealand's national bird - the tiny flightless kiwi and the colossal African elephant bird that roamed Madagascar until the 17th Century, had much in common. While the kiwi is roughly the size of a modern chicken and weighs between three to seven pounds, the elephant bird loomed a massive ten feet tall, and could weigh as much as 600 pounds! In addition to the difference in size, the two species lived 7,000 miles apart, making any connection between the two almost impossible.

Ingenious Design Transforms Cardboard Boxes Into Backpacks And Desks

By Meera Dolasia on June 1, 2014
Ingenious Design Transforms Cardboard Boxes Into Backpacks And Desks

For most kids, the end of a school year means the opportunity to start creating a back-to-school shopping list that includes amongst other things, a new backpack. However for many students in rural India where parents can barely afford school fees, owning even one backpack is a luxury that very few can indulge in.

Gloucestershire's Hilarious Cheese Rolling Event Attracts Thousands

By Meera Dolasia on May 30, 2014
Gloucestershire's Hilarious Cheese Rolling Event Attracts Thousands

The annual 'Cheese Rolling' in Gloucestershire, England, has to be amongst the most hilarious events in the world. As the name indicates, it involves contestants running or as is normally the case, tumbling down a steep 200-meter incline in pursuit of an 8lbs wheel of Double Gloucester cheese.

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