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Dog owners go barking mad for fancy dress

Darth Labrador. Dogzilla. Elvis the hound dog. No outfit is too outrageous for man's best friend.

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A dog wears a witch costume in this undated photograph released in London November 20, 2007.

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Stowaway piglet survives toilet roll ordeal

London - A piglet nicknamed Andrex is recovering after being found in the back of a truck full of toilet paper at a supermarket.

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An injured piglet found among a delivery at Tesco in Ilkeston, Derbyshire and nicknamed "Andrex" is shown in this handout photo, November 20, 2007.

The animal, thought to be two or three weeks old, was discovered in a delivery at a Tesco store in Ilkeston, Derbyshire.

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Rolling in cash

All Linda Katz had to do was step outside of her house to make thousands on the Internet. Now the Midwestern entrepreneur is building a business selling a piece of the old west online: tumbleweeds.

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2 Drunk Drivers Slam Into Same Business

HIGHLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. - Police said two men face drunken driving charges after losing control of their cars and simultaneously driving into the same business.

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Spain: King's outburst generates £1m-worth of ringtones

When the Spanish king Juan Carlos turned to Hugo Chavez and said to him, a touch irritably, "Why don't you shut up?", little did he know that his breach of diplomatic protocol would become a smash hit across the country.

Were the king to claim image rights over his less-than-diplomatic outburst, he could find himself a nice little earner, as those five famous words have become a multi-million euro business, selling ringtones, mugs, T-shirts and websites.

According to David Bravo, a lawyer specialising in IT law and intellectual property, "the use of the sentence 'why don't you shut up?' in ringtones ... is a violation of his image rights".

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Evolution wars take a bizarre twist

In a bizarre twist to the evolution wars, supporters of intelligent design are accusing the producers of a TV science documentary series of bringing religion into US classrooms. The Discovery Institute, based in Seattle, Washington, alleges that teaching materials accompanying Judgment Day: Intelligent design on trial, broadcast on 13 November, encourage unconstitutional teaching practices.

The teaching package states: "Q: Can you accept evolution and still believe in religion? A: Yes. The common view that evolution is inherently anti-religious is simply false." According to Casey Luskin, an attorney with the Discovery Institute, this answer favours one religious viewpoint, arguably violating the US constitution. "We're afraid that teachers might get sued," he says.

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Cypriot seeks to unravel curse with pants and egg

Having marital problems? Have you tried putting egg in your underpants?

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Alcohol Abuse! Historic Whiskey Could Go Down Drain

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Here's a sobering thought: Hundreds of bottles of Jack Daniel's whiskey, some of it almost 100 years old, may be unceremoniously poured down a drain because authorities suspect it was being sold by someone without a license.

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US: Kansas City Man Accused Of Toad Licking

A 21-year-old man has been accused of using a toad to get high.

Clay County sheriff's deputies said David Theiss, of Kansas City, possessed a Colorado River toad with the intention of using it as a hallucinogenic.

Experts said it's possible to lick the toad's venom glands to achieve psychedelic effects.

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Bush tops list of 'coldest' celebs in website film list

President George W. Bush rarely comes out a winner in movie industry awards -- and being named "Coldest Person in Hollywood 2007" is not much of an accolade.

Independent movie website Film Threat on Wednesday named the US leader top of its annual "Frigid 50" list, an irreverent look at the individuals who are "cold" as opposed to "hot" properties.