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July 25, 2014 - Nokia Lumina phone charged with organic power

​A Nokia mobile phone in London has been charged by a strange contraption made of 800 apples and potatoes connected with nails and copper wire. See the buzz here.



​July 24, 2014 - Astrology-loving MP seeks health answers in the stars

​A conservative MP has spoken of his belief in astrology and his desire to incorporate it into medicine. He also added that he is not afraid of ridicule or abuse...see your future here.



July 20, 2014 - Woolly outfits surprise for statues

​Wool is not usually the thing to wear when the sun is beating down but a trio of statues in Cardiff bay have found themselves clothed in an unexpected layer of it. Stay warm here.



July 14, 2014 - UK's biggest maze opens with tribute to World War I heroes

​Made from living corn, the Wistow Maze has been painstakingly designed into the shape of a field cannon - a reminder of the 16 million people world-wide that lost their lives in the war. See all the detail here.


July 13, 2014 - My dog ate the form - lame excuses given for missing tax-credits deadline

​HM Revenues and Customs have revealed the top 10 reasons given for missing tax credits renewal deadline. One woman claimed "I didn't need the money because I'd met a rich bloke, but he dumped me" - be honest here.


​July 11, 2014 - Glastonbury festival - Dolly the dog reunited with owner

​A dog found at Glastonbury festival, which Dolly Parton offered to re-home, has been reunited with its owners. The white Lurcher was found in a tent during the clean up of the 1200 acre site. Say 'Stay owner, stay!' here.


​July 7, 2014 - Roman and Iron Age coins found after 2000 years

​A precious hoard of Roman and late Iron Age coins have been discovered in a cave where it has lain undisturbed for 2000 years. The treasure was initially unearthed by a member of the public who stumbled across 4 coins in a cave in Dovedale, Derbyshire. Dig deeper here.


July 1, 2014 - Pub owner receives letter of apology from burglar...20 years after the crime

​A pub owner has been sent a cheque for 100 GBP and a letter of apology from an 'ashamed' burglar 20 more than years after the crime - a crime the landlord can't even remember taking place. Feel guilty here.


​June 21, 2014 - Historic North Yorkshire White Horse gets paint job

​A white horse carved on a slope of a hill near Kilburn in North Yorkshire is being repainted by volunteers. The animal was originally carved in 1857. See what 220 gallons of paint will do here.



June 19, 2014 - Baby born during 100 mph motorway chase

​A group of police officers who pulled over a speeding car were confronted by a newborn baby instead of a criminal after a grandfather helped deliver his granddaughter at the side of the road. Say 'congratulations' here.



​June 17, 2014 - Couple trapped in Rhododendron forest

​A couple in their 50s had to be rescued from a dense rhododendron forest after they became trapped in a 'treacherous area' on an Irish mountain-side. See what happens when shrubberies go bad.



June 13, 2014 - Battersea is famous for its history of asparagus growing

​Battersea is famous for its power station and dogs home - but it also has a noted history of asparagus growing and was an inspiration to Sherlock Holmes's author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. See a great short history here.


June 12, 2014 - British values...according to Twitter

​What are British values? The twittersphere has its own answers. England's educational secretary Michael Gove announced plans to promote "British values" in school. But many have been joking about what exactly British values are. See the one liners here.


June 11, 2014 - Fake workmen steal 60 ft wall.

​It stood outside the property for a 100 years but it only took a gang in hi-vis vests an hour to dismantle the wall and stack it on to a flat-bed truck. The Victorian structure was then driven away never to be seen again. See how the thieves did it here.


June 9, 2014 - Cambridge NCP road painters need spelling lessons

​Workmen have corrected the spelling of road markings in Cambridge by covering the offending letter with black paint - but only after repainting the mistake with bright new letters. Go back to school here.



​June 6, 2014 - Hove D-Day veteran defies ban for Normandy trip

​An 89-year-old WW2 veteran who was banned by his nursing home from going to France for the D-Day commemorations sneaked out and went anyway. See why it's good for a soldier to disobey some orders.



​June 5, 2014 - Fox behind Leeds footwear theft crime wave

​A fox is stealing dozens of shoes in a Leeds suburb and dumping them outside a woman's house. The problem has become so bad that Elaine Hewitt has put a shoe rack outside her home so neighbours can claim the shoes back. See the foxy presents here.


June 4, 2014 - Woman dials 999 over ice cream sprinkles row

​Police have released a recording of a woman who dialed 999 to request help in a row over the number of sprinkles on an ice cream. She said she had ordered an ice cream but the sprinkles were only on one half of her purchase. See the biggest summer problem here.


June 3, 2014 - Garage owner fakes google 'murder' in Edinburgh street

​A garage owner has apologised for staging a scene that looked like a murder in an Edinburgh street which was caught on Google Street View. He thought it was classier than showing his bum to the camera. Smile for Google here.


June 2, 2014 - The Twitter treasure hunt for cash hits the UK

​An anonymous tweeter in San Francisco has started a trend that has hit the UK. Who wouldn't want to find an envelope stuffed with cash? The man behind the new @hiddencash_UK says he's going to hide money all over the country. Start looking here.


May 30, 2014 - Richard III: team rebuilds most famous spine

​Richard III's bent spine would have left him inches shorter, but able to function well, researchers have found. University of Leicester scholars believe he could have covered his spine's spiral twist with careful choice of clothing. See the earliest 'what not to wear' here.


May 29, 2014 - D-Day revisited: how landscapes scarred by war in 1944 look today

​A series of then and now photographs showing D-Day locations and scenes and how they look today. See the changes here.


 

May 28, 2014 - Three children under 10 steal their mother's car and crash into a lamppost

​The children, aged around eight, six and one, nearly hit a parked car before mounting the curb. The get-away was staged at about 6am while their mother was asleep. Hit the snooze button one more time here.


May 27, 2014 - Cheese daredevil risks his life for 8 lb Double Gloucester

​The winner of a bizarre race that involves chasing an 8lb Double Gloucester down a hill at high speed doesn't even like cheese. Josh Shepherd, 19, sped down Cooper's Hill in Gloucestershire to win the event. Say 'cheese' here.

May 25, 2014 - Bones of an ancient huge hound found at ruined abbey

The skeleton of a huge hound believed to have terrorised villagers four centuries ago has been found at a ruined abbey. The beast weighed up to 200 lbs and would have stood 7 feet tall on its hind legs. Pet the nice doggy here.


May 23, 2014 - Devon coastal village is being put up for sale

​The entire Devonshire seaside village of Bantham is to go on the market this weekend. It includes 750 acres of land, 40 homes, a shop and a pub. Fancy being the Squire of the village? Place your bid here.



May 22, 2014 - Lightning strikes the Shard during London storm

​Several bolts of Lightning hit London during a brief thunder storm including one captured over the Shard in south London. The 87-storey building is Western Europe's tallest structure - see the moment it's hit here.




May 21, 2014 - Battle of Britain hero's watch for sale

​Seventy four years after it stopped working, at the moment he died, a hero's watch is expected to fetch up to 4000 GBP at auction. Les 'Ricky' Ricalton's Spitfire was shot down over Kent at exactly 3:40pm on October 17, 1940. See a poignant piece of history here.


May 20, 2014 - The place where Chelsea pensioners live

​Pretty much unchanged since Sir Christopher Wren designed them at the end of the 17th Century, the Long Wards - home of the Chelsea Pensioners - are getting a make over. See what's going on by the Thames here.



​May 19, 2014 - Bees swarm on shop window in London's Victoria Street

​Trained Beekeepers had to tackle a 5000 strong swarm of honeybees surrounding a central London store. They were 'smoked' and moved to somewhere a little less 'commercial.' Found out where here.



May 16, 2014 - At last! How to banish snails from your garden

​A new study provides the strongest evidence yet that throwing them into your neighbour's garden is a waste of time. Apparently they have a homing instinct. Wage war the right way here.




May 15, 2014 - Aliens are targeting Welsh people

​Hilary Porter claims that a stretch of road between Swansea and Cardiff is a hot spot of alien activity. She believes that telepathic aliens are targeting Wales as a bid to harvest their superior genetic material. Get beamed up here.


May 14, 2014 - Revealed: Why teachers are called Sir and Miss

​Calling teachers 'Sir' or 'Miss' is sexist an academic has said. But why did these terms become the norm in British schools? With a little digging it all seems to make sense. Raise your hand with the answer here.



May 13, 2014 - More round for your pound

​It's one pound per beer at the Pound Pub bargain boozer. A pub that offers pints of beer for one pound fifty pence has opened up in Manchester and the landlord believes it could be the salvation of the British pub. See what you get for your dosh here.


May 12, 2014 - Gangs are stealing car LED lights to grow cannabis

Police are investigating a spate of thefts of headlights from Range Rovers which are then sold to drug dealers who use them to help grow illegal plants. The upside is that if you've got a Range Rover expect those tomatoes next to the garage to be huge this summer. Put your brights on here.


May 9, 2014 - Britain's narrowest house set to be torn down after owner loses battle with London Council

​A makeshift wooden structure complete with bathroom and kitchen was constructed in Leytonstone in place of a garage last may but now the 6 foot wide house has to go.  Squeeze in here.


​May 8, 2014 - Giant jellyfish set to 'attack' as heatwave draws the Portuguese stingers to British shores

​Portuguese Men o' War are likely to be drawn to places like the west country as hot weather arrives say marine conservation experts. They could be as big as dustbin lids but nowhere near as noisy. Watch for them here.


May 7, 2014 - Radioactive mushrooms among dangerous imports

​New figures show that since 2008 there have been more than 2000 cases of food shipped into Britain that posed a serious risk to human health including radioactive mushrooms, poisonous swordfish and energy drinks laced with arsenic. Mmmm...get hungry here.


May 6, 2014 - Royal Navy gets first female submariners

​Three women have become the first female submariners in the 110 year history of the service. A ban on female submariners was lifted in 2011 - a ban that was based on the fear that elevated levels of Carbon Dioxide at sea carried risks to female health. Turned out not to be the case. Dive in here.


May 5, 2014 - Longest separated twins find each other

Seventy-eight years after being separated, twins born in Aldershot have been reunited in Fullerton, Los Angeles. It's the longest 'gap' between being separated and getting back together ever recorded. Say "hello stranger" here.



​May 2, 2014 - Gadget promises to brew the perfect cup of tea

​A machine with a 7,700 GBP price tag is said by the manufacturers to make "the perfect cup of tea" - which is odd as my Granddad used to make one for about sixpence. See the new fangled thing here.



May 1, 2014 - Prehistoric North Sea 'Atlantis' was destroyed by 5m Tsunami

​A prehistoric "Atlantis" civilization east of the current East Anglia may have been destroyed after being hit by a 5m high tsunami 8200 years ago. Dive into history and get ready to swim to Norwich here.


April 30, 2014 - Shocked supermarket workers find live scorpion in bag of bananas

​A venomous black edged scorpion made its way to a Cornish supermarket hiding in a Costa Rican bag of bananas. Workers say they didn't want to kill it so it's living out its days at the local zoo. Go bananas here.


April 29, 2014 - Stanstead Abbotts man's delight with titanium cranium

​A man who had a large chunk of his skull removed after a balcony fall says he cannot believe how good he feels after having the damaged repaired. See amazing before and after shots here.


April 28, 2014 - Images spanning three decades of Hollywood glamour found in a dusty filing cabinet in Brighton

​Images taken by British photographer George Douglas are revealed for the first time after after being discovered in a dusty filing cabinet at the Brighton home of the photographer after he died in 2010. Smile for the camera here.


April 27, 2014 - Portrait of the lost world of mining in the north of England

​A new book tells the story of four generations from the same mining family whose way of life has now disappeared. Dig deep in 'The Valley' here.



April 26, 2014 - Giant Cauliflower weighs in at 27.5 kg

​Peter Glazebrook who already holds four world records for the longest beetroot and parsnip and the heaviest onion and potato does it again by smashing the world Cauliflower record. See the beast here.



April 25, 2014 - Super-size graves for obese bodies

​Sutton Bridge and Wingland Parish Council have drawn up plans for 30 super-size plots close to the road so undertakers don't have to carry heavy corpses too far. Looks like the final journey is just a little too far for some. One-two-three, lift here.


​April 24, 2014 - Binge drinking linked to overeating

​A new report sates that drinking more than three large glasses of wine can push people over a "tipping point," meaning that they consume about 6,300 extra calories in the following 24 hours...and the next day you forget to exercise as well. See how it all goes wrong here.


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