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New Year's twins born in separate years

Gabriela and Sophia Salgueiro
As people around the world partied their way into the new year, two mothers gave birth to two of the last babies of 2013 and two of the first babies of 2014. While born just minutes apart, their twin babies entered the world in two different years.

On Dec. 31, 2013, at 11:58 p.m., Yaleni Santos Tohalino gave birth to baby girl Lorraine Yaleni Begazo, who weighed at 6 pounds, 4.9 ounces, at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, in Washington, D.C.

Soon after, her twin brother Brandon Ferdinando Begazo was born on Jan. 1, 2014, at 12:01 a.m., weighing at 5 pounds, 10.4 ounces.

"I feel wonderful full of joy and happiness and a full sense of realization," the twins' father, Warren Begazo, told "This is her first children ever, and they're beautiful and she's really happy."

UK: Star Wars' C3P0 caught fishing in Kent

In a galaxy...just down the M20: C3P0 was spotted fishing alone in blustery wind and fog in Kent.
Mr Beolens, 64, from Margate, said: 'I'm a keen bird watcher and I had driven to Reculver to have a look for wildlife nesting among the Roman ruins there.

'I pulled up into the car park and was just sat in my car when I saw a glimmer of gold along the seafront.

'I am a fan of Star Wars so I instantly recognised it to be C3P0 stood there with a fishing rod in one hand.

'My wife Maggie and I were just sat there with our mouths open - it was such a strange sight.

'Luckily I had a camera with me so I took a few photos.

'I have no explanation as to what he was doing there - maybe he was fishing for oil cans?

Do stoned dolphins give 'puff puff pass' a whole new meaning?

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You would always be smiling, too, if you were high as a kite.
The BBC will be airing a cool new underwater documentary on Thursday called Dolphins: Spy in the Pod, where carefully disguised cameras were used to film the daily lives of everyone's favorite marine mammals. But the most interesting detail seems to have been leaked on Sunday: during the documentary, some of the dolphins reportedly used a pufferfish to get stoned.

"Even the brightest humans have succumbed to the lure of drugs and, it seems, dolphins are no different," said The Sunday Times. The article goes on to describe how the team got footage of dolphins gently harassing a pufferfish, which led to the dolphins entering "a trance-like state after apparently getting "high" on the toxin."

"After chewing the puffer and gently passing it round, they began acting most peculiarly, hanging around with their noses at the surface as if fascinated by their own reflection," said Rob Pilley, zoologist and one of the producers of the documentary. "This was a case of young dolphins purposefully experimenting with something we know to be intoxicating." And so it would seem that we can add drug use to the long list of dolphin bad behaviors, (a list which includes bullying, rape and murder, for the record; illicit drug use seems a minor offense in comparison).

It sounds too awesome to be true - which means it probably is.
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Gypsy hypnotizes priest, steals church donations

"He said she hypnotized him?!"
A woman stole a Padua, Italy, church's Christmas offerings after hypnotizing a 71-year-old priest, police said.

Comment: Hypnosis secrets revealed...


Funny animals of 2013 - in pictures

A selection of amusing images from the animal kingdom captured by photographers over the past 12 months

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Singing in the rain: this ingenious little tree frog uses a leaf as an umbrella in Jember, East Java

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Buzz off: a kodiak bear is pestered by a bee at Buffalo zoo, New York
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'We all staaaand together': Mudskippers indulge in their own frog chorus in Krabi, Thailand
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Jan the meerkat plays with Harvey the peacock at Okambara Lodge in Okambara, Namibia

Dominic the pit bull puppy cuddles and comforts animal patients at a Colorado veterinary clinic

Dominic the pit bull is a pro cuddler, and he's using his gift to help comfort injured and sick animals at the shelter that saved him.

Dominic, who is just 18 weeks old, was rescued along with a litter of other puppies when police raided a Denver home, according to the Greeley Tribune. Due to Denver's pit bull ban, the then 7-week-old pup was sent to the Denkai Community Veterinary Clinic, in Greeley, Colo., which rescues domestic and farm animals.

Vet tech Stephany Haswell agreed to foster Dominic and was soon won over by his sweet nature.

"He's always been so snuggly, he might as well be a lap dog," Haswell told The Huffington Post in an interview. "When my 4-year-old is in tears, he'll run to Dominic and they'll 'hug.'"

Haswell soon adopted Dominic, and when the pup accompanied Haswell to the vet's office, it was as if he could sense the discomfort of animals that had just come out of surgery. Without prompting, he would snuggle with them on his red pillow bed.
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Two brothers get photo taken with Santa every Christmas for 30 years

Michael and Martin have had their picture taken with Father Christmas every year since 1980, now they are getting their children in on the act
In what may well be the sweetest family tradition ever, two brothers have had their photo taken together with Santa Claus every Christmas without fail for 30 years.

The photo album actually stretches back 33 years, after it was kicked off in 1980 when Michael Gray, from Massachusetts, had his first picture taken sitting on Father Christmas' lap.

Three years later his younger brother Martin joined him, starting a trend that has survived through to this Christmas - and, the plan is, beyond.

"It was year after year. Our father kept pushing us to go. It never seemed like a big deal. It just kind of happened," Michael told ABC News.

"And then after a certain point, it was like we've been doing this for two decades now and we're just going to keep going. At that point, you can't miss one. Because, you know, I just feel guilty about not going."

Your dog probably recognizes your face - even in photos!

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Your dog may be able to recognize your face in a photo.

That's the latest from the University of Helsinki, which published the results of its study in the journal Animal Cognition this December.

According to Science News Daily, the researchers had dogs look at facial images of familiar humans (such as their owner) and other dogs in the family, as well as unfamiliar humans and dogs they'd never encountered. Then the researchers measured the dogs' eye movements as they viewed the photos.

Scientists say that while the dogs viewed the faces of other dogs for longer than the human faces (backing up findings from previous studies), the canines studied also studied the faces of familiar humans for longer than unfamiliar ones.

Maryland, U.S.: Santa Rides Through Silver Spring on Armored Vehicle

armoured Santa
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Santa will ride through the county on Dec. 18, 2013.
When Santa Claus rides through Silver Spring on Wednesday, Dec. 18, he'll be on a BearCat.

The BearCat - an acronym for Ballistic Engineered Armored Response Counter Attack Truck - is an armored police tactical vehicle. It's not commonly driven around Montgomery County, so when Santa rides the BearCat from Germantown to Bethesda, he'll be sure to be spotted.

Santa will be escorted on Wednesday by county police officers, according to a police department news release, and Santa and the officers will transport gift bags and donations raised by the police department to a party for children whose families are residents of The Children's Inn at NIH, according to the news release.

"This is a very special night for the children and families at The Inn," Laura King, director of volunteers and community outreach, said in a statement.

"Santa's visit allows kids to forget about the hospital and their illness - at least for the night," she added.

Comment: (sung to the tune of Santa Claus is Coming to Town)

You better not laugh
You better not cry
The irony of this story is incredibly high
Santa Claus brainwashes children to accept fascism!


2013: The year in bacon

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Chef John Johnson checks the status of the hoglog, the world's Largest hunk of bacon with a world record weight of 500 pounds cooked in a custom-built smoker at Baconfest in St. Louis on March 23, 2013.
Bacon may extend life expectancy

Researchers at ETH Zurich have found that foods rich in niacin -- including bacon -- can help you live longer, therefore making it advantageous to eat foods that are rich in the vitamin.

Professor Michael Ristow and his team fed a group of roundworms a niacin-rich diet and found they lived one-tenth longer than their niacin-free peers -- a surprise, as scientists have long thought niacin promotes the formation of free radicals.

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Men who eat bacon, may have less normal sperm

New research suggests eating bacon tends to lower sperm count. The data was presented at the American Society of Reproductive Medicine's 2013 Annual Meeting in Boston where researchers advised men to stay away from bacon and other forms of red meat if they are trying to conceive. "We found the effect of processed meat intake lowered quality and fish raised quality," said Dr. Myriam Afeiche from the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH).

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Kansas State gives out free bacon at women's basketball game

In order to promote the women's basketball team's home opener against Tennessee State on Friday evening, Kansas State University handed out free bacon beginning an hour before tipoff.

The school made an announcement the Tuesday before the game, and K-State officials were only planning to cook up about 75 pounds of pork. After there was a full-scale bacon blitz on social media, they upped the amount on frying up 300 pounds of thick-sliced bacon, served in "bacon boats," the containers usually used for nachos.