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Google to "consider" removing "offensive material" from Google Earth

Sure, it was a giant humongous image of Mr. P-Niss-those crazy, lovable Brits-but what next? The Moonie wire service:

STOCKTON-ON-TEES, England, Dec. 13 (UPI) - Pranksters drew a willy on the roof of a top British prep school that was so big it could be seen from space - and, in fact, was found on Google Earth.
Excellent! Clearly these British lads have no soy in their diet!


Python living down the toilet

A plumber called to fix a toilet in Australia got a bit of a surprise when he turned up, and found the blockage was a seven-foot-long python.

The python was eventually extracted from the septic tank by Peter Phillips of the Parks and Wildlife Service in the Northern Territory. He would have pulled it straight out of the toilet, he said, but it was so big it wouldn't fit.


The Meaning of Spam

An inside look at the "arms race" between spammers and anti-spam technology.


MySpace tops Yahoo in November

China may be violating trade agreements, but the savings-poor U.S. lacks the power to do anything about it.


Israeli psychic starts paranormal fad

JERUSALEM - When the young Uri Geller packed his spoons and self-styled supernatural powers to seek fortune abroad, no one could have predicted he would return to his nativeIsrael in triumph 35 years later as a reality TV star - no one, presumably, except Uri Geller.

The premise of Geller's new show, "The Successor" - which has received smash ratings here and started something of a paranormal fad - is that the psychic celebrity, now approaching his 60th birthday, has come home to choose an heir.


Out of this world solution to a Scottish standing stone

Newton StoneTHE NEWTON stone is a small, rather unassuming pillar in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. On one side is faded, ancient writing, on the other a curling snake and cylindrical patterning. Many would say that it is a typical example of a Scottish standing stone.

Yet one man claims that this is no ordinary stone, that instead it holds the secret of our missing pre-history. That it shows the birth of Jupiter from Saturn and more explosively, that it proves that someone was around to witness this planetary catastrophe and that this someone may not be human.


D�j� Vu Research Is Outta Sight

The first case study of a blind man suffering d�j� vu has overturned traditional theories about how the effect occurs. It was previously thought that d�j� vu was triggered when images from one eye arrived in the brain a few microseconds after images from the other eye - causing a feeling that something was being seen for the second time. But University of Leeds researchers have just reported about a blind person experiencing d�j� vu through smell, hearing and touch.


Will sue to avoid goblins

H�kon Robertsen has refused to tear down a condemned barn for fear of reprisals from 'little people' and is ready to sue local authorities to protect the building.


Scientists to unveil secrets of Mona Lisa

PARIS - Scientists are due to unveil some of the secrets behind Western art's most enigmatic smile this week, when they present the findings of the most extensive three dimensional scan ever undertaken on the Mona Lisa.

Leonardo da Vinci's 16th century masterpiece, perhaps the world's most famous painting, is considered a milestone in the art of portraiture and an icon of European culture.

A comprehensive examination of the work, painted at some time around 1503-06, was undertaken in 2004, using special 3D technology developed by scientists from Canada's National Research Council (NRC).


Water from a 'miracle tree' heals villagers in Madhya Pradesh

Bhopal: Superstitious villagers in Madhya Pradesh have started drinking water from a 'miracle tree' in order to get rid of their ailments.

An old peepul tree standing tall in the Sonagiri locality has become the centre of attraction for villagers.