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Colombia: Bogota museum celebrates laziness

People in the Colombian capital, Bogota, have been able to be lazy over the past week, and not feel guilty.

An event organised by the Museum of Bogota had sofas, televisions, hammocks and beds - anything associated with the avoidance of work.

The idea was to get people during the holiday season to think about laziness and its opposite, extreme work, and perhaps reach some balanced conclusion.


Visitors had to be a bit active to see the show though as it closed on Sunday.


Satire: Image of a piece of toast seen on face of the Virgin Mary

Pilgrims were flocking to the Hampshire town of Basingstoke today after a local woman claimed to have seen a vision of a piece of toast on a picture of the Virgin Mary at her local church. Betty Tilley, 42, was praying silently at the Sacred Heart Catholic church when she looked up to see a ray of light slanting in through the window, illuminating a reproduction painting of the Virgin Mary and as she moved closer she was amazed by what she saw.



Tough street-racing law nabs 85-year-old

Toronto - A new law meant to help crack down on young Canadian street racers in their souped up cars has nabbed an octogenarian in his Oldsmobile.

The 85-year-old man is one of 2,300 drivers across Ontario to be charged under new legislation, designed to combat "street racing, stunts and contests", since it came into effect three months ago -- and he's the oldest.


Pope tells astronomers to pack up their telescopes

The Pope has given the Vatican's Jesuit astronomers their marching orders, banishing them and their infernal instruments from his summer palace and billeting them in a disused convent instead.


Bizarre: Scientists in Antarctica stumble upon statue of Lenin

Scientists trekking across a little visited part of Antarctica have discovered a bizarre relic of the Soviet Union is dominating the South Pole of Inaccessibility.

In the middle of no-where - literally the point on Antarctica furthest from the sea - an imposing bust of revolutionary Bolshevik Vladimir Lenin peers out onto the polar emptiness.

SOVIET IN THE SNOW: Top: An imposing bust of Russian revolutionary Bolshevik Vladimir Lenin greets scientists at the South Pole of Inaccessibility - the point on Antarctica that is furthest from the ocean. Below: a new marker is placed at the true South Pole, which sits on a shifting glacier and has to be re-marked each year.


Man using GPS drives into path of train in New York suburb

BEDFORD HILLS, New York - A Global Positioning System can tell a driver a lot of things - but not when a train is coming.

Life Preserver

12-year-old catches 551-pound bull shark in Florida waters

A 12-year-old Connecticut boy may be the new Florida state record holder for catching the heaviest bull shark.

Aidan Murray Medley had a spent a half day at sea Tuesday when he reeled in the 551-pound bull shark just north of the Palm Beach Inlet.


Satire: CIA Realizes It's Been Using Black Highlighters All These Years

A report released Tuesday by the CIA's Office of the Inspector General revealed that the CIA has mistakenly obscured hundreds of thousands of pages of critical intelligence information with black highlighters.


Woman in Burning Truck Keeps Driving

PAW PAW TOWNSHIP, Mich. - Having live electrical wires fall on her truck and set it on fire wasn't enough to slow a motorist in southwest Michigan. State police say the unnamed woman ran a stop sign Monday night in Van Buren County's Paw Paw Township and hit a cable supporting a utility pole.

Magic Wand

Traveling without moving: Iron mask wager 'was a fib'

Even the great fictional traveller Phileas Fogg would have baulked at such a wager: walk around the world while pushing a pram and wearing an iron mask, and pick up a wife along the way without ever letting her see your face or know your name.