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Guppies Use Ugly Friends to Seem More Attractive

When it comes to mating, guppies treasure their ugly friends — because they look so good by comparison.

An article published Wednesday by Britain's Royal Society says that male guppies prefer to associate with their drab-colored counterparts when females were around.

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Hackers Broadcast Zombie Apocalypse Alert on U.S. TV

Hackers caused a bizarre alert in the U.S. state of Montana by broadcasting a warning about zombies attacking the living, local television channels said Tuesday.

The apocalyptic warning interrupted programming via the Emergency Alert System, normally used for real catastrophes such as extreme weather, or even a direct message from the U.S. president in the case of a national crisis.

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Sea Animal Has Grow-Again Penis

Scientists reported Wednesday on the bizarre sex life of a sea slug that discards its penis after copulation. Then grows a new one.

"No other animal is known to repeatedly copulate using such 'disposable penes'," Japanese biologists wrote in the Royal Society journal Biology Letters, describing the behavior as "extremely peculiar".

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Ted Nugent Scratches his Obama Itch after Speech

As promised, rocker and gun enthusiast Ted Nugent was on his best behavior at President Barack Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday, but he let loose with some colorful criticism afterward.

It was bizarre enough seeing the provocative Nugent -- who made comments against the president last year that were sufficiently threatening to warrant an investigation by the Secret Service -- at Obama's speech in the Capitol.

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Thai 'Kissathon' Aims to Set New World Record

Nine Thai couples locked lips Tuesday in hope of setting a new record for the world's longest kiss, but the attempt proved too much for two septuagenarians who dropped out after just one hour.

The participants, who must kiss for more than 50 hours, 25 minutes and one second to enter the Guinness World Records, were forbidden from sitting down and could only go to the bathroom after the first six hours.

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Topless Women Fete Pope's Resignation in Paris Cathedral

Eight feminists flashed their breasts in the heart of Paris's Notre Dame cathedral on Tuesday to celebrate Pope Benedict XVI's shock resignation announcement.

The members of the Femen movement entered the Gothic cathedral dressed in long coats which they whipped off inside while ringing three bells near the altar.

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Poisoned Lotto Winner's Brother Sought More Tests

The brother of a Chicago man poisoned with cyanide shortly after winning the lottery said Monday he is the family member who asked authorities to reconsider the initial finding that his sibling had died of natural causes.

Imtiaz Kahn said he had nightmares about his brother before his death and that his suspicions about the death lead him to push coroner's officials to conduct more tests. Urooj Khan, 46, an immigrant from India, died July 20 as he was about to collect his $425,000 in Illinois State Lottery winnings.

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TV Station Hacker Warns of Zombies in Montana

A Montana television station's regular programming was interrupted by news of a zombie apocalypse.

The Montana Television Network says hackers broke into the Emergency Alert System of Great Falls affiliate KRTV and its CW station Monday.

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Tartare Anyone? French Gourmets Won't Give Up on Horsemeat

"A good roast or a really nice steak - fabulous! Burgers are good too but the way I really like it is raw, minced and served with a garlicky vinaigrette!"

Luc Friedrich is a member of France's dwindling but dedicated band of horsemeat lovers, and it seems the current food fraud scandal engulfing much of Europe is not going to change a habit they see as a gastronomic, not a guilty, secret.

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Estonians Pop into Saunas and Ice Holes in Marathon Event

Hundreds of people popped into as many saunas and ice holes as possible on Sunday in an all-day marathon event in Estonia.

A total of 600 participants in four-man teams took part in the annual European Sauna Marathon in the southern town of Otepaa, with a goal of visiting every sauna in record-time.

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