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British Poet Laureate Pens Ode to Gas Meters

Britain's poet laureate is working on a new poem -- about the demise of traditional gas and electricity meters.

Carol Ann Duffy admitted the work marking the government's decision to fit all British homes and small businesses with smart meters by 2020, was "one of my most unusual projects".

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Canada PM Lights up Internet Explaining Quantum Computing

He has impressed world leaders, has a growing army of fans -- many female -- and is even credited with driving up tourism to Canada.

But photogenic Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has now displayed another gift even few of his most ardent supporters knew he had: a more than passable knowledge of quantum computing.

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Strong Interest in U.S. Cab Service Just for Women and Children

U.S. entrepreneur Michael Pelletz's project of a rideshare service for women and children with vehicles driven by women has prompted such interest that he is postponing the service's launch date.

Chariot For Women, fully funded by its founder and close associates, was initially set to kick off on Tuesday.

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Close Living Room Encounter with Dangerous Cassowary

An Australian couple had a close encounter with one of the most dangerous birds in the world when a giant flightless cassowary wandered into their home, sending them running for cover.

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So Long, Suckers! Inky the Octopus Makes an Amazing Escape

Inky the octopus waited until it was dark and the staff had gone home from the National Aquarium of New Zealand before making his move.

He squeezed and pushed his way through a tiny gap in the mesh at the top of his tank and slithered 2 meters (6.6 feet) to the floor. Then he made a beeline across the room to a drain hole.

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'Useless' Pakistani PM Put up for Sale on eBay

Pakistan's Nawaz Sharif was put up for sale on eBay with bids soaring to more than $90,000 Thursday after an anonymous user gave vent to frustrations with the prime minister over the Panama Papers leak.

"Useless Pakistani Pm Nawaz Sharif for Sale" stated the post by long-time user mastavis on the popular e-commerce website, describing the leader as "new with defects".

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Snooker: Rewind! He-Man Muscles in on Johnson's Finest Hour

He may have once conquered the world of snooker but when Joe Johnson sat down to watch his video of his 1986 Crucible final triumph he was confronted with He-Man and the Masters of the Universe instead.

Johnson won the 1986 world snooker championship as a 150-1 outsider, beating then world number 1 Steve Davis 18-12 in the final.

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Australian Village, Including Cows, on Sale for $10 Million

A small, picturesque Australian village has been listed for sale, attracting interest from China and Singapore, with its new buyer set to own dozens of homes, a lake full of fish and 35 Highland cattle.

Property agents said they hoped the 145-hectare (358.3-acre) Tarraleah village in the heart of Tasmania state would fetch up to Aus$13 million (US$10 million).

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Food Truck for Fido: New Seattle Business Caters to Canines

Stand on any block around lunchtime near Amazon.com's downtown Seattle headquarters and there are two common sights: people walking their dogs and people buying lunch at food trucks.

The scene offers a window into Seattle's infatuations with dogs (and cats), which outnumber children here, and the maturing roaming food truck market.

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Mickey Mouse-Shaped Solar Facility Unveiled at Disney World

It's only fitting that solar panels that will help with the power needs of Walt Disney World are shaped like the famous ears of the mouse that started the Disney enterprise.

Officials with Disney World, Duke Energy and Disney's private government on Tuesday flipped on the switch to a Mickey Mouse-shaped solar facility located on 22 acres near the Epcot theme park.

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