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Mating hares block Milan airport runways

Italy - Wild hares at Milan's Linate airport seem to have only one thing on their mind, and their excessive mating and growing numbers have blocked takeoffs, landings and radar systems.

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Nice Try! Happiness is paying your taxes, study suggests

Contrary to the common notion that paying taxes can be a painful experience, researchers at the University of Oregon say the practice actually may trigger feelings of satisfaction and happiness.

"Paying taxes can make citizens happy," Ulrich Mayr, a professor of psychology, said in a release accompanying the study in the Friday issue of Science.

"People are, to varying degrees, pure altruists. On top of that, they like that warm glow they get from charitable giving. Until now, we couldn't trace that in the brain."

Comment: Next thing they'll say is that death is happiness.

To feel 'happy' check out this Poster to see where US taxes go.


Wine

Toddler Served Margarita in a Sippy Cup

A toddler who was served a margarita at a restaurant earlier this week is doing well, and investigators say the incident appears to have been an accident. Police say 2-year-old Julian Mayorga ordered apple juice but instead received an alcoholic beverage in a covered, plastic sippy cup on Monday night at an Applebee's franchise in Antioch, between San Francisco and Sacramento.

The boy's mother, Kim Mayorga, said she noticed Julian making funny faces and pushing away his cup. She opened the lid and was hit by the smell of tequila and Triple Sec. The toddler grew drowsy and started vomiting a few hours later and was rushed to the hospital.

"I wasn't going to make a big deal about it," the mother said Thursday, "but then he got sick."

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Indians talk too much on mobile

The argumentative Indian is also atalkative Indian. An average Indian spends more time talking on his mobile than his counterparts anywhere else except the US, according to the latest data available with telecom regulator Trai.

With over 160 million mobile subscribers, India has the highest monthly 'minutes of usage' (MOU) per subscriber in the Asia-Pacific region. The figure, according to the December 2006 data, is 454 minutes a month for GSM users and 424 minutes a month for CDMA subscribers.However,Trai chairman Nripendra Misra says the figure should be closer to 500 minutes a month if latest data are taken into account.

At 450 million, China has the largest number of mobile subscribers, followed by the US, India and Russia. However, despite its numbers, the average usage at China Mobile, the country's leading telecom service provider, is just upwards of 303 minutes a month, with China Unicom hovering close to 220 minutes a month.

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Tough Job: William 'will quit Army early to learn how to be king'

Prince William will leave the Army to become a full-time working royal in just 18 months, it can be revealed.

The second in line to the throne will finish his military training at the beginning of 2009 and plans to devote himself to charity work as well learning about the "art of kingship".

He insists, however, that he will not become what he describes as a "full-time meet and greeter", like other members of the Royal Family.

The prince says he wants to take time to learn more about his own strengths and weaknesses as well as the country of which, one day, he will be king.

The revelation comes only days after Prince Harry, "humiliated and depressed" after being banned from going to Iraq, told friends he had decided to quit the Army and become a fulltime working member of the Royal Family.

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Get the flock out of here! It's the Kiwi killer sheep

In a country of three million people and 40 million sheep, it is the ultimate nightmare: one day the sheep will rise up and turn on the humans.

A film tapping into these primal fears has become New Zealand's highest-earning horror movie. Now Black Sheep, about a genetic engineering experiment that goes badly wrong, is being exported. It will have its Australian première at the Sydney Film Festival this week and opens in London in August.

Wine

The Man Who Sells the Moon

Dennis Hope, self-proclaimed Head Cheese of the Lunar Embassy, will promise you the moon. Or at least a piece of it. Since 1980, Hope has raked in over $9 million selling acres of lunar real estate for $19.99 a pop. So far, 4.25 million people have purchased a piece of the moon, including celebrities like Barbara Walters, George Lucas, Ronald Reagan, and even the first President Bush. Hope says he exploited a loophole in the 1967 United Nations Outer Space Treaty, which prohibits nations from owning the moon.

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Racy ad to be removed from flight path

A giant silhouette of a naked pole dancer painted on a field beneath Gatwick Airport's flight path is disturbing the British countryside.

The 9,300 square metre advertisement is nearly invisible from the ground, but can be seen by airline passengers, Tandridge District Council spokeswoman Giuseppina Valenza said today.

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The giant silhouette of a naked pole dancer beneath the flight path of southern England's Gatwick Airport.

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Do not go gentle into that good night: singing seniors redefine rock songs

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. -- Fred Knittle wears his belt up high. His nose is tethered to an oxygen tank, and on stage he's confined to a folding chair. From this unlikely perch, he's turning rock 'n' roll on its head.

Singing Coldplay's "Fix You," Knittle transforms the song into a powerful ballad about a grandfather's healing wisdom. It means something different coming from an 80-year-old retiree suffering from congestive heart failure.

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Indian man, 73, fails school exams on 38th try

A 73-year-old Indian farmer who vowed not to marry before passing his high school exams has failed to get through for the 38th time.

Shiv Charan Yadav has been taking the exams -- normally given to schoolchildren at the age of 15 -- every year since 1969, without success.

He was in his 30s when he first decided to better himself through education.

This year, he failed everything except Sanskrit, scoring only 103 out of a possible 600 points.