Many of us cannot recall the last time we got a letter in the mail, but Santa will this year receive a record eight million of them, the United Nations said Wednesday.
Global postal services expect to sort through that number of wish lists by the time Christmas rolls around, according to a survey by the Universal Postal Union (UPU), which coordinates the world's mail systems.Full Story
Citizens of Planet Earth are being invited to make a "video shout-out" to wake up a deep-space probe, Rosetta, that has been in hibernation since June 2011.
The European Space Agency (ESA) is offering prizes for the best video clip of people shouting "Wake up, Rosetta!" to help end its scout's long sleep next month.Full Story
Hopes among resourceful inmates of an Austrian prison for a cheerier Christmas have been dashed after 50 liters (13 gallons) of a festive homebrew hooch were discovered by guards.
Prisoners at the Stein prison mixed bread rolls with fruit to create "Punsch", a popular winter-warmer at Austrian Christmas markets on the outside world, the jail's management said on Tuesday.Full Story
Canada vowed Tuesday to defend the North Pole and Santa Claus, insisting the mythical figure is a citizen, after Russia ordered its military to step up its Arctic presence.
Paul Calandra, parliamentary secretary to the prime minister, cited Canada's claim of the North Pole to bash an opposition party in Parliament.Full Story
It's your 150th day in space, and life is starting to resemble the movie "Groundhog Day" -- a repetitive daily routine interspersed with tugs of longing for life back on Earth.
Then, all of a sudden, things start to look up.Full Story
U.S. President Barack Obama may have moved the masses attending Nelson Mandela's memorial service with his stirring eulogy on Tuesday, but it was his grinning "selfie" with the Danish and British premiers that set social networks abuzz.
In a candid moment captured by Agence France Presse photographer Roberto Schmidt, Denmark's Helle Thorning-Schmidt can be seen holding up her smartphone, with Obama lending a helping hand, as they pose for a picture with David Cameron, all three of them smiling broadly in their seats at Soweto's World Cup stadium.Full Story
Istanbul is planning to introduce floating car parks to try to resolve the chronic traffic problems of Turkey's largest city, local officials said Tuesday.
The municipal car park operator said it will use out-of-service ferries anchored in the Bosphorus to create multi-storey lots near traffic hotspots.Full Story
A passenger who fell asleep while flying to Los Angeles said he awoke to discover himself alone and locked inside a dark, empty plane in Houston.
Tom Wagner said he was supposed to change planes Friday at George Bush Intercontinental Airport. But no staff noticed he was still sleeping in a window seat at the rear of the flight from Louisiana before they closed up the jet.Full Story
A British girl playing Mary in a re-enactment of the Christmas story will have to wear a helmet when she parades through her town on a donkey, the organizer said on Monday.
Libby Doorman, eight, will have a riding hat tucked under her robes when she takes part in the church-organised nativity play through Neath in south Wales, in case she falls off.Full Story
What was it like to live in the leafy Shire, the starting point of Bilbo Baggins' trek in "The Hobbit"?
And how did Frodo and Sam feel as, step by step, they made their way across the heat-blasted wastes of Mordor in the climax of "The Lord of the Rings"?Full Story