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The lighter side: Petrov & Boshirov's European adventures turned into board game in Russia

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For less than $2 you can now relive the experience of fitness instructors-cum-alleged GRU agents Ruslan Boshirov and Aleksandr Petrov, as they set off from Moscow to the English cathedral city.

The makers of the new novelty board game, Our Men in Salisbury, say they were inspired to take a lighter tone by the media fallout and British "Russophobia" that followed the Novichok incident in March last year.

"We decided to make our humorous answer for our Western neighbors by creating a board game, where our compatriots walk freely in Europe and explore the sights," Mikhail Bober, development manager at game maker Igroland, told Ruptly.

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Dog accidentally ran half-marathon after being let out for a pee - and she finished 7th!

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Imagine training for months and months for a gruelling, 13.5 mile marathon to be beaten by Ludivine, the two-and-a-half year old Bloodhound.

Well that's what happened in the Elkmont Trackless Train Half Marathon in Canada, when a hound decided to join in the fun after being let out for a wee-wee.

He crawled under the garden fence, ran towards the start-line and well, the rest is history.

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Are you or a loved one suffering from toxic masculinity? Know the warning signs

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More than 40% of men today suffer from it---and their loved ones pay the price.

It's called "toxic masculinity," and it's the latest disease to plague the nation. It can affect every aspect of a toxic man's life. Worst of all, toxic masculinity is contagious, so if you're infected, you need to know right away so you can avoid spreading it to your friends and family.

Are you or a loved one suffering from toxic masculinity? Know the warning signs so you can seek help:

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Canadian intelligence reports claim Russia stealing magnetic North

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A DAMNING new report published by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service has claimed that Russia has been slowly stealing magnetic North for that past 20 years, WWN can confirm.

The 467 page report stated that Vladimir Putin secretly conspired with dozens of Russian billionaires to shift Earth's north magnetic pole back as early as 1999, when it is believed he oversaw the development of enormous underground magnetic facilities in Siberia, which are since slowly attracting the planets liquid-iron outer core, known as the core field.

The worrying report estimated that magnetic North will soon be positioned in Russia's Northern territory by the year 2035.

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Brexit vote delayed till 30th of February announces May

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For a second time in recent weeks British PM Theresa May has sparked consternation and chaos in the Houses of Parliament by cancelling a vote on her Brexit deal at the last minute, this time delaying it until the 30th of February.

Critics of the PM have stated her motivation for delaying is transparent as it was clear the Tory leader would suffer an embarrassing and potentially career ending defeat in the Commons.

Confirmation of the vote now set to take place on Tuesday the 30th of February will be formally announced by May this afternoon according to insiders, and the decision has caused much fury among hardline Hard Brexit advocating MPs.

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Finishing touches put on new breed of cat

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HELL - Satan announced Friday he is putting the finishing touches on a new breed of house cat.

Forged in the dark fires of Satan's spawning pits, the newly developed feline breed will wait even longer to decide if it wants to come inside or stay outside your door, scratch you even more painfully, and act even more aloof.

Researchers didn't think these developments were possible, but drawing on the dark arts, Satan was able to pack the new model with over 100 new evil features.

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Ocasio-Cortez continues to claim she grew up on the streets of Mos Eisley

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Washington, D.C.-Despite scrutiny from critics, incoming congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez continues to claim she grew up on the hard-knock streets of Mos Eisley, the thriving hub of the seedy underworld of the desert planet Tatooine.

"I'm still Alex from the most wretched hive of scum and villainy," she tweeted along with a picture of her new congressional office. "You can take me out of the dangerous, crime-ridden spaceport, but you can't take the dangerous, crime-ridden spaceport out of me."

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Loud death threats bring Aussie cops to investigate!

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Arachnophobia - that is, the unreasonable fear of spiders - isn't illegal, but it could still bring the police to your door if you scream loud enough.

An Australian man learned that the hard way this morning when, according to reports by the BBC, a passerby heard him shouting, "Why don't you die?" inside his suburban Perth home. The passerby also heard a toddler wailing. Justifiably, the passerby called the police.

Multiple officers presently arrived at the scene and learned that the man - and the toddler - were screaming at a spider. The screaming man was deathly afraid of spiders, he told the police, and he had gotten a bit carried away while trying to kill an unidentified arachnid in his home. The man apologized for the inconvenience, according to police logs tweeted (and subsequently deleted) by the local Wanneroo Police Department. Whether or not the spider was escorted from the domicile in four pairs of tiny handcuffs remains open to speculation.

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Kentucky cops publicly mourn the tragic loss of a Krispy Kreme donut truck

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Police in Lexington, Kentucky have shared their tearful selfies after a donut truck caught fire and had its sweet, delicious cargo destroyed.

The driver of the Krispy Kreme donut truck noticed smoke billowing from his vehicle in south-east Lexington on New Year's Eve. Nobody was hurt in the resulting blaze, which was captured on video by a passing motorist.

While the fire was soon extinguished, nobody seemed to be more heartbroken than Lexington's boys in blue.

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#ICYMI 2018 in review - Part 2: Thai boys, Brexit, blimps and getting away with murder

#ICYMI 2018 Part 2
If the first half of 2018 was all about Novichok, the second half of 2018 saw a murderous scandal introduce another new word into the media lexicon; Khashoggi.

Saudi Arabia was allegedly caught killing journalist Jamal Khashoggi. There was outrage, but no sanctions against one of the West's biggest cash cow allies.

Also making the headlines; the summer saw Donald Trump on his travels, finally making it to meet the Queen in Britain, a group of Thai boys made it out alive from an underground cave, and by the end of the year French protesters in yellow vests were threatening President Macron's political survival.