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Dude, Where's My Car: NASCAR Machine Stolen before Race

When Travis Kvapil got the call Friday, he figured someone on his race team was playing a joke.

"They said there was trouble with the car," Kvapil said. "I thought we could figure it out when we got in the garage area. They're like, 'No, the car is gone.'"

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Black/Blue or White/Gold? Dress Debate Goes Viral

Is the dress black and blue, or white and gold?

That question is lighting up the Internet.

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Llamas Go On the Lam in U.S., Twitter Explodes

A pair of sprightly llamas jigged their way to immediate social media stardom Thursday after they led dozens of U.S. police a merry dance on the bemused streets of Phoenix, Arizona.

The duo, one white and the other black, had the eyes of the world on them as American media transmitted live footage from the air of them darting across busy roads and parking lots in their brazen -- and for an hour successful -- attempt at evading capture.

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Sugar Ray Rocker Sorry for 'Gruesome Death' Hoax

Plenty of celebrities have been enraged by rumors of their deaths, but when a story emerged of a particularly grisly end for rocker Mark McGrath he was the one apologizing.

In a PR stunt that largely fell flat, a press release Thursday announced that the lead singer of Sugar Ray -- the band popular in the 1990s whose hits included "When It's Over" -- had been shot dead.

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Ooowl, that Hurt! Rogue Bird Sows Terror in Dutch City

The northern Dutch town of Purmerend has advised residents to arm themselves with an umbrella when going out at night after a mysterious spate of bloody rogue owl attacks.

Over the last three weeks, the European eagle owl has silently swooped on dozens of residents of the usually peaceful town, with many victims requiring hospital treatment.

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Quebec School Uses Software to Teach French

A school in Canada's mostly French-speaking Quebec province has resorted to using software to teach students to speak French after being unable to find a qualified instructor, trustees said Wednesday.

The school board claimed in a statement that it is the best the school can do as it "struggles" to hire teachers.

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Refracted Rays from Nutella Jar Blamed for UK House Fire

London's firefighters say sun rays refracted by a Nutella jar likely caused a house fire.

The city's fire brigade says investigators believe the glass jar — which had been emptied of the hazelnut spread — had been placed on a window sill and refracted sunlight, setting blinds alight.

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China Media Pooh-pooh Japan's Luxury Lavatories

The built-in bottom washers and pre-warmed seats of Japan's luxury toilets have become the latest flashpoint with China, as Beijing's state-run media launched a thunderous tirade against them Thursday.

The Global Times, which is affiliated with the Communist Party mouthpiece People's Daily, devoted the editorial in both its English and Chinese editions to the subject, under the headline: "Popularity of Japanese toilet seats overstated".

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Sidewalk Sinkhole Swallows S. Korean Couple

Concerns about public safety standards in South Korea have been fueled by shocking CCTV images of a young couple being swallowed up by a sinkhole that opened at their feet on the sidewalk in Seoul. 

The footage, which has gone viral on social networking sites, shows the couple plunging through the paved sidewalk, shortly after alighting from a bus in the South Korean capital, as other passers-by look on in horror.

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Giant Rio Confection Takes the Cake

Revelers at Rio's 450th birthday party bash this Sunday are licking their lips at the prospect of devouring a slice of a 450-meter-long (1,500 feet) cake.

And if the 2.1 tons of sugar don't give you a head rush, the scale of the ingredients will: 2.5 tons of flour; 3,000 eggs; 1,000 liters of milk -- and as much again of whipped cream.

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