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The horror! Beer shortages in Russia as World Cup fans drink cities dry

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Vodka-loving Russian hosts have seriously underestimated just how much liquid bread European football fans require

Russians are hoping the 2.5 million foreign guests who will visit their country for the football World Cup will come away with a new and better understanding of the place, but likewise Russians are sure to learn new things about the rest of the world. Specifically just how thirsty for beer the European football fandom is:

Mr. Potato

Real friend or prankster? Debunking the viral 'man vs alligator' video

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An incredible video of a man apparently rescuing his friend from an approaching crocodile has been doing the rounds online, with many stunned viewers commending him for his bravery. However, all is not as it seems.

Social media users are sharing a video of a man in a what looks like a river, desperately trying to swim away from a pursuing croc as his friend looks on from the riverbank.

The friend tries to throw rocks to stop the sharp-toothed predator from reaching his pal, but fails to drive the animal away. In the end, he leaps into the water just in time to frighten the animal and help his friend escape to dry land.

The crocodile rescue might look extremely brave, but it's really just an elaborate practical joke, as revealed in a Youtube video by prankster Jay Karl.


Newly announced 'Space Force' will operate from giant spherical space station

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President Trump has revealed that the 'space force' which he has instructed the Department of Defense to create will operate from a massive spherical space station, capable of destroying an entire planet.

Addressing White House reporters yesterday the reality TV star proclaimed, "The Space Force will provide a whole new level of defence for America, and to a lesser extent the other countries on our planet, and will lay down the space law so other species know not to mess with us.

"Especially the Space Mexicans. They're the worst. Terrible aliens, terrible. It's never the good ones that want to come here."

He added,"I think we will build a giant spherical space station, which will look at first glance like a moon, but trust me - it's no moon.


Trump wants to create military 'Space Force' to gain 'American dominance' in space


'Good morning! Got any honey?' Bear breaks into California home through window

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South Lake Tahoe - New video shows a bear breaking into a South Lake Tahoe home on Wednesday.

The homeowners Sykes and Carole Scofield have been living in South Lake Tahoe for more than 20 years.

And they couldn't believe how the enormous creature could fit through the window, although they hadn't locked it.

They weren't home when the bear paid a visit.

You can see in the video that the bear left some marks on the side of the house.

Thankfully, no one was injured...


Reddit user pokes major hole in Flat Earth 'logic' with a camera and a basketball

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A Reddit user has poked major holes in flat-Earther 'logic' with a clever - and easy-to-replicate - experiment deploying a digital camera with a macro lens, plenty of light... and a basketball.

Posted on Reddit by user Useless Pickles as 'Proof that a basketball is flat', the detailed experiment depicts the object as flat-surfaced and not the round ball we all believe it to be.

He played around with perspective and close-ups to make his point. "Upon taking a closer look with a macro lens, I can only conclude that the surface of a basketball, while bumpy, does not appear to have any curvature. Therefore, basketballs are flat. Their roundness must be some kind of illusion caused by perspective and mirages," Useless Pickles wrote sarcastically.

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'Only in Florida': Alligator rambles across airport runway, shocking passengers

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Passengers onboard a plane landing in Florida were reportedly delayed by a plucky alligator, who was spotted crossing the tarmac at Orlando International Airport.

The bizarre close encounter happened on Monday, according to one passenger, who explained how a Spirit Airlines aircraft, flying in from Washington DC, was "held up" because of the wandering reptile.

"Only in Florida... a gator held up our plane crossing the runway on the way home from DC. Just another adventure," Anthony Velardi posted on Facebook.

According to Orlando's News 6, the alligator was eventually coaxed into a local pond and the airplane made it safely to the gate.

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Daring raccoon captivates the internet by scaling St. Paul skyscraper

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A daring raccoon captured the hearts of many social media users around the world as he climbed a skyscraper in St. Paul, Minnesota, and lived to tell the tale.

The furry creature began his harrowing climb after maintenance workers took the animal off the roof of another office building in the city. But the raccoon, who could not be deterred, set its sights on scaling the UBS tower, one of the tallest buildings in St. Paul.

As more people began to see the furry creature's exploits on social media, one person got creative and started a Twitter account on behalf of the raccoon.

Light Saber

Respect the slipper: Crimean safari park director uses footwear to discipline misbehaving felines

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© Oleg Zubkov / YouTube
Zubkov, who runs the Taigan Safari Park in Crimea, has apparently perfected the art of slipper-throwing. In a video, uploaded to YouTube on June 2, Zubkov is seen intervening in a dispute between two lionesses and using his slipper to restore peace to the park.
The director of a Crimean safari park has developed a powerful weapon for maintaining order among the park's pride of lions - his slipper. A viral video shows Oleg Zubkov using his footwear to break up a (big) cat fight.

Zubkov, who runs the Taigan Safari Park in Crimea, has apparently perfected the art of slipper-throwing. In a video, uploaded to YouTube on June 2, Zubkov is seen intervening in a dispute between two lionesses and using his slipper to restore peace to the park.

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Cuddly oracle cat makes prediction on outcome of World Cup opening match

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SusSushi the cat predicts World Cup game outcomes
She sleeps for over 15 hours a day but when Sushi the cat wakes up to play and chase invisible entities around the house, she also enjoys watching football and predicting game outcomes.

It was Paul the Octopus in 2010 who became famous when he correctly predicted all the matches of the German team during the World Cup in South Africa. With the World Cup 2018 about to kick off in Russia, there is a new fluffy player in the psychic game.

A UK resident, Sushi was given a choice between two boxes, marked after the two teams opening the tournament on June 14.


Starbucks 180,000 employees radicalized after anti-bias training - 'Coffee cultivation merely extends the system of colonial oppression'

Irrevocably changed after attending a mandatory training session on racial bias, the nation's Starbucks employees reportedly returned to work Wednesday radicalized and united behind a new credo stating that "coffee cultivation merely extends the system of colonial oppression."

"Welcome to Starbucks, you fucking bourgeois pig," said barista Alexandra Balvin, delivering the greeting in lockstep with 180,000 Starbucks workers across the nation who were suddenly sporting camouflage-printed aprons, hanging up Che Guevara posters, and writing "Imperialist Swine" or "AmeriKKKan" on customers' coffee cups.

"Can I interest you in one of our Ultra Caramel Frappuccinos? The coffee is all sourced from oppressed bean pickers exploited by the same capitalist forces that allow you to spend on a single beverage what they make during an entire week of grueling physical labor. Don't feel pressured to buy anything, though. You're welcome to just sit at a table or use the bathroom to wash the blood of the working class off your hands."

At press time, sources confirmed baristas at approximately 8,000 Starbucks locations were overturning tables and throwing them through plate-glass windows to notify customers that stores would be closing in 15 minutes.