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Japanese Toilet Giant Flipping Open Lid on New Museum

Japan's leading toilet giant opens a new museum this week dedicated to a century of lavatories, from its first water flushing model to the most cutting edge version with odor-neutralizers and variable water jets.

The museum operated by TOTO -- best known for its bidet-equipped Washlet series -- opens its doors on Friday in the southwestern city of Kitakyushu, where the company is based.

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China's Latest Copycat Victim: Goldman Sachs

A staffer at a Chinese finance company named Goldman Sachs said any similarity to the multi-billion-dollar U.S. investment giant was unintentional Thursday, weeks after a Chinese man was arrested for setting up a fake bank branch.

Goldman Sachs (Shenzhen) Financial Leasing Co., operating in the southern boomtown next to Hong Kong, has an almost identical name to New York-based financial institution, Goldman Sachs Group Inc.

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Underwater Wedding Honors Christ of the Deep Anniversary

Kimberly Triolet and Jorge Rodriguez exchanged their wedding vows underwater beside a 9-foot (2.7-meter) statue of Jesus Christ.

The Miami couple were wed beneath the waves Tuesday to help mark the 50th anniversary of the installation of the Christ of the Deep statue. The bronze sculpture is a subsea icon in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.

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Annual Tomato Battle Paints Streets of Spanish Town Red

Thousands of half-naked revellers pelted each other with tomatoes on Wednesday in the town of Bunol in eastern Spain, bathing the streets with red goo in the 70th annual "Tomatina" battle.

A string of trucks laden with 150 tonnes of tomatoes rolled through the town's narrow streets, as teams on board distributed the load to surrounding crowds for people to throw at each other during the hour-long morning festivities.

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2 Bears who Caused Trouble at Grand Teton at Dakota Zoo

A zoo in southeast South Dakota has taken in two black bears that caused some trouble at Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.

The Great Plains Zoo and Delbridge Museum of Natural History in Sioux Falls will now be home to a 12-year-old female bear and her young cub. Zoo officials say the older bear has a long history of nuisance behavior at Grand Teton, where she had raided backpacks and campsites for food for several years.

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The Bongs are Wrong on London's Big Ben

The most famous clock in the world is wrong: the bongs of London's Big Ben have been mysteriously running fast over the past fortnight, clocksmiths admitted Tuesday.

The Great Clock that towers over the British parliament can be out by up to six seconds, with its keepers admitting the cherished national icon is "a little temperamental" at 156 years old.

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Spain Fare Dodger Bites off Piece of Train Conductor's Ear

Police in Spain were on Monday looking for a fare dodger who bit off part of the ear of a train conductor who asked to see his ticket.

The attack happened on a suburban commuter train in Barcelona in northeastern Spain on Saturday, a police spokesman said.

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Taiwan Boy Accidentally Damages $1.5 mn Italian Painting

A 12-year-old boy accidentally punched a hole through a $1.5 million centuries-old Italian oil painting when he tripped and fell into the piece during an exhibition in Taiwan.  

The painting, entitled "Flowers" by Italian artist Paolo Porpora, dates back to the 1600s and is part of a collection of 55 artworks on show in the country's capital.

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Japanese Whisky Arrives at the International Space Station

An unmanned cargo ship loaded with emergency supplies -- including Japanese whisky -- successfully docked at the International Space Station early Tuesday, officials said.

But thirsty astronauts will have to keep their hands off the golden tipple -- it's a science experiment.

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New Mexicans Say they Dished out World's Longest Tamale

A group of people in New Mexico say they cooked the world's longest tamale Saturday morning.

Luis Hernandez of the ABQ West Chamber of Commerce says that a team of more than 30 chefs at Viva II, a three-day celebration of the state's heritage, assembled a 116-foot. 7-inch long tamale at the Valencia County fairgrounds in Belen.

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