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Lengthy pizza delivers funds for embattled Australian firefighters - 22 Jan 2020 at 6:43am - An Italian restaurant in Australia has made a 103 meter (338 foot) Margherita pizza to raise funds for firefighters battling bushfires.

Ultra trail runner Jornet beats base jumper in odd contest - 21 Jan 2020 at 1:57pm - Ultra trail runner Kilian Jornet beat base jumper Tom Erik Heimen in an unusual contest -- one ran up and down a mountain while the other climbed up and flew down in a race last year, footage of which was released on Tuesday.

Doctor TikTok-ed off with injured All Blacks loose forward Savea - 21 Jan 2020 at 4:38am - Injured All Blacks loose forward Ardie Savea has been ordered to curb his use of the social media platform TikTok as he recovers from knee surgery.

Drink like a Mexican kingpin: 'El Chapo' beer launched by daughter - 17 Jan 2020 at 3:58pm - Have a cold one, have an "El Chapo" beer. That's the message of Alejandrina Guzman, whose company has developed a craft beer dedicated to her infamous, incarcerated kingpin father Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.

Moonstruck: Japanese billionaire's girlfriend entrants top 20,000 - 16 Jan 2020 at 12:35pm - Applications to become Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa's girlfriend have topped 20,000, streaming service AbemaTV said on Thursday, ahead of its documentary on his search for a "life partner" to take on his moon voyage.

Brain freeze: Russian firm offers path to immortality for a fee - 15 Jan 2020 at 8:40am - When Alexei Voronenkov's 70-year-old mother passed away, he paid to have her brain frozen and stored in the hope breakthroughs in science will one day be able to bring her back to life.

Spotify launches playlists for dogs left home alone - 15 Jan 2020 at 6:33am - Spotify has made playlists and a podcast for dogs to listen to in their owners' absence, after finding that nearly 74% of UK pet-owners play music for their animals.

Yamaha warns musicians not to climb in instrument cases after Ghosn escape - 14 Jan 2020 at 12:36pm - Yamaha Corporation, has warned people not to try and squeeze inside musical instrument cases after reports former Nissan Motor boss Carlos Ghosn fled Japan concealed inside in one.

UK's Johnson: I need to lose weight but becoming vegan would cheese me off - 14 Jan 2020 at 4:19am - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he wants to lose weight in 2020, but will not do "Veganuary" - the popular practice of becoming vegan in January - as it would take too much concentration and mean giving up cheese.

After Britain appeals for weirdos, spoon bender Uri Geller applies - 8 Jan 2020 at 6:02pm - Spoon-bending celebrity psychic Uri Geller, 73, has applied for a job in the British government in response to an advert for "misfits" and "weirdos", saying no other candidate would possess his powers.

Cat vs. chants: Friendly feline tests Buddhist monk's patience - 3 Jan 2020 at 7:18am - A Thai temple cat's bid for affection during five-hour-long New Year prayers was enough to test the patience of a Buddhist monk as he tried to maintain his chanting concentration.

Egg-standing test goes viral as ring-of-fire eclipse crosses Asia - 26 Dec 2019 at 6:45am - Can you make an egg stand on its narrow side during a solar eclipse?

Colorado bank robber throws cash in air, shouting 'Merry Christmas' - 24 Dec 2019 at 8:52pm - A man with a white beard was being held on $10,000 bond for allegedly robbing a Colorado bank and throwing the stolen cash into the air while shouting, ?Merry Christmas? to passersby, police and local media reported on Tuesday.

Indonesian housewife tackles homelessness for 250 feral cats - 23 Dec 2019 at 9:28am - On the outskirts of suburban Jakarta, housewife Dita Agusta lives with more than 250 cats she has taken in off the streets, creating a shelter for the animals she hopes will one day be adopted.

Wakanda free trade forever? Fictional nation removed from U.S. trade list - 19 Dec 2019 at 11:32am - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) said it removed the fictional country of Wakanda from an online list of nations that have free trade agreements with the United States on Thursday.

You dirty rat: Zodiac window cleaners set Tokyo sparkling for New Year - 19 Dec 2019 at 2:24am - Dangling more than 50 meters above a busy Tokyo street, window cleaners dressed up as a boar and a rat on Thursday scrubbed windows at a downtown hotel ahead of the country's New Year festivities.

Done in a Datsun: Man cooks roast pork in car during Australian heatwave - 17 Dec 2019 at 12:28am - A man has successfully cooked a pork roast in a car on a scorching hot day in Australia.

Homemade 'Nikes' give Filipina athlete a golden edge - 14 Dec 2019 at 2:03am - To some athletes, brands count for everything when it comes to performance.

Man who ate $120,000 banana at art show says 'I'm not sorry' - 9 Dec 2019 at 6:24pm - A performance artist who ate a banana taped to a wall that was an artwork valued at $120,000 said his actions were not vandalism and he does not regret his snack at Art Basel in Miami Beach, Florida.

Grumpy Cat, lovelorn whale are stars of 2019's top animal stories - 9 Dec 2019 at 11:37am - A lovelorn singing whale, a world-famous feline sourpuss and ravenous goats credited with thwarting a dangerous California wildfire were among animals whose escapades across the United States made news in 2019.