A 78-year-old American man who was declared dead and taken to a funeral home dramatically woke up as he was about to be embalmed, U.S. media reported Friday.
Walter Williams was registered dead on Wednesday evening after medics failed to find his pulse. He was transported to the Porters and Sons Funeral Home in Lexington, Mississippi.Full Story
A New Zealand prostitute has won substantial damages for sexual harassment by a brothel owner, with sex workers hailing the decision as a landmark ruling that shows the country as a world leader in protecting their rights.
In what New Zealand media reported as a "world first", the Human Rights Review Tribunal awarded the 22-year-old brothel worker NZ$25,000 (U.S.$21,000).Full Story
A pet parrot in India has been credited with helping catch the man who murdered its owner, a relative said Thursday.
The owner, a 55-year-old woman, was stabbed to death and her jewellery stolen at her home in the northern city of Agra on February 20.Full Story
Publisher of science journals Springer said Thursday it would scrap 16 papers from its archives after they were revealed to be computer-generated gibberish.
The fake papers had been submitted to conferences on computer science and engineering whose proceedings were published in specialized, subscription-only publications, Springer said.Full Story
The isolated and mainly desert Central Asian state of Turkmenistan will in July be the unlikely host of the perma-tanned and shades-wearing stars of windsurfing when it hosts a leg of the world windsurfing cup for the first time, state media said Friday.
The competition will take place from July 1-6 on the Caspian Sea in the resort of Avaza, which Turkmenistan has been seeking to expand greatly in the last years, the Neutral Turkmenistan daily reported.Full Story
Pungent smoke filled the room, obscuring the lights and leaving clothing and skin reeking. There was applause, shouts and laughter, and above all plenty of H. Upmann Sir Winstons — formidable 7-inch (17.8-centimeter) Cuban cigars.
More than 450 stogie aficionados took part in an unusual contest Thursday at Havana's annual marquee Cigar Festival: competing to see who could create the longest unbroken ash.Full Story
Police say they were called in to restore order in downtown Stockholm after Sweden's public employment service accidentally sent an email invitation for a recruitment event to 61,000 jobseekers instead of 1,000.
Police spokesman Ulf Lindgren says staff at the job center alerted police Wednesday after several thousand people showed up to an event where jobseekers would have a chance to meet with potential employers. He said many people were upset but no arrests were made.Full Story
A massive statue of Marilyn Monroe that has turned heads for two years in Palm Springs is headed east.
The Riverside Press-Enterprise (http://bit.ly/1c83Ctm ) says the 26-foot-tall, 34,000-pound statue will be transported in April from California to Hamilton, N.J., where it will be part of an exhibit honoring its designer, Seward Johnson.Full Story
The unkempt, hairy hipster look is driving a plastic surgery boom in New York, where baby-faced young men are flocking to doctors for beard transplants that can cost a whopping $8,000.
Facial surgeons with private practices in Manhattan and Florida say they have seen a phenomenal increase in demand in the last five years, and hipsters are leading the way.Full Story
When even their president is being caught sneaking around behind his partner's back, it is perhaps unsurprising to find the French topping a poll for infidelity, alongside the equally hot-blooded Italians.
More than one in two men -- 55 percent -- from France and Italy admitted to cheating on their partners, along with one in three women.Full Story