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Man Sues Wife After Ugly Baby Born

Jian Feng, of northern China, got married and then he and his wife had a baby. Jian was startled at how ugly the baby was, and that the child did not resemble either parent. He first thought the baby had a different father, but then the truth came out. Before they met, the wife underwent $100,000 in plastic surgery to change the way she looked, but never disclosed it to her husband. Jian sued his unnamed wife for a divorce plus $120,000 for fraud, which he won.

Strangely, the same story appeared in 2004.

Office Thief Caught

Office employees at an animal shelter in Swinoujscie, Poland, were noticing small amounts of money and office supplies missing over the past year. All staff members were under suspicion, but a hidden camera revealed the true culprit: a cat named Clement.

After 200 GBP had gone missing in a month, managers set up the secret camera and left banknotes on the desk to see who would be tempted

The film showed two-year-old Clement - one of the centre's rescue cats - sneaking into the office at midnight and making straight for the cash.

"When we watched the video we saw Clement jump up on the desk and pick up the money in her mouth," said Alina.

Following clues from the video, they looked under the sofa and found all the missing money. They suspect Clement left no clues behind because she always wears white gloves. See a video report with subtitles.

Fire Station Fire

A fire station in Lanzhou, Gansu province, China, was gutted by a fire recently, causing chagrin to the local fire department. It was first announced as a training exercise," but later fire officials had to admit that a spark from welders caused the fire when it ignited a nearby can of gasoline, then spread out of control. The improperly-stored gas can led at least one blogger to ridicule fire officials, who demand that others follow strict safety regulations.

Landlords Arrested for Reporting Drugs

Police in Rex, Georgia, arrested three men and searched their rented house for drugs. Officers turned the house over to the landlord after the search, and Michael Keeley and his family began to clear out the rental house to ready it for the next tenant. The family found a stash of eight bags of narcotics hidden behind the walls, and called police to report the find. Officers responded, and then arrested Keeley and his wife for tampering with evidence! Police threatened to send the couple's 9-year-old son to child services, but a neighbor took him in. The Keeleys spent two days in jail before they could post bond.

Police Break Up Cat Party

Residents of Suðurnes, Iceland, called police on Sunday after they observed several cats going in and out a window of an unoccupied house.

Police arrived at the scene and, entering the house, found no people there. However, two to three cats - the exact number is still unclear - were allegedly occupying the house. According to police reports, the cats were "snuggling" on a couch that had been left behind by the previous residents.

Officers on the scene sprang into action, immediately evicting the cats from the house. They then ensured that all doors and windows into the house were securely closed and locked, in the hopes of preventing an incident of this sort from ever happening again.

Squatters holding parties in abandoned buildings will not be tolerated -even if they are cats.

Just Coffee, Please

The coffee shop at Debenhams, a department store on High Street in London, determined that 70% of their customers found American-style coffee shop terms confusing. So they did what any smart business would do -they decided to use more English terms such as "small coffee with milk" instead of “venti skinny latte.” Store officials said the previous language caused shoppers to spend time playing "coffee Cluedo" instead of enjoying their beverages.

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Cheese Wheel Wedding Cakes Are a Funky Twist on an Old Tradition
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Nom & Malc, Flickr // CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

If there’s ever a time you have permission to be cheesy, it’s on your wedding day. What better way to do so than with a pungent wedding cake made of actual wheels of cheese? According to Elite Daily, cheese wedding cakes are a real option for couples who share an affinity for dairy products.

One of the trailblazers behind the sharp trend is Bath, England-based cheese supplier The Fine Cheese Co. The company offers clients a choice of one of dozens of wedding cake designs. There are bold show-stoppers like the Beatrice cake, which features five tiers of cheese and is priced at $400. For customers looking for something more delicate, there’s the Clara centerpiece, which replaces miniature wedding cakes with mounds of goat cheese. Whether your loved one likes funky Stilton or mellow brie, there’s a cheese cake to satisfy every palate. Flowers are incorporated into each display to make them just as pretty as conventional wedding cakes.

Since The Fine Cheese Co. arranged their first wedding cake in 2002, other cheese suppliers have entered the game. The Cheese Shed in Newton Abbot, England; I.J. Ellis Cheesemongers in Scotland; and Murray’s Cheese in New York will provide cheese wheel towers for weddings or any other special occasion. Of course, there’s nothing stopping you from clearing out the local fromagerie and assembling a cheese cake at home.

[h/t Elite Daily]

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The Funky History of George Washington's Fake Teeth
Screenshot via Mount Vernon/Vimeo
Screenshot via Mount Vernon/Vimeo

George Washington may have the most famous teeth—or lack thereof—in American history. But counter to what you may have heard about the Founding Father's ill-fitting dentures, they weren't made of wood. In fact, he had several sets of dentures throughout his life, none of which were originally trees. And some of them are still around. The historic Mount Vernon estate holds the only complete set of dentures that has survived the centuries, and the museum features a video that walks through old George's dental history.

Likely due to genetics, poor diet, and dental disease, Washington began losing his original teeth when he was still a young man. By the time he became president in 1789, he only had one left in his mouth. The dentures he purchased to replace his teeth were the most scientifically advanced of the time, but in the late 18th century, that didn't mean much.

They didn't fit well, which caused him pain, and made it difficult to eat and talk. The dentures also changed the way Washington looked. They disfigured his face, causing his lips to noticeably stick out. But that doesn't mean Washington wasn't grateful for them. When he finally lost his last surviving tooth, he sent it to his dentist, John Greenwood, who had made him dentures of hippo ivory, gold, and brass that accommodated the remaining tooth while it still lived. (The lower denture of that particular pair is now held at the New York Academy of Medicine.)

A set of historic dentures
George Washington's Mount Vernon

These days, no one would want to wear dentures like the ones currently held at Mount Vernon (above). They're made of materials that would definitely leave a bad taste in your mouth. The base that fit the fake teeth into the jaw was made of lead. The top teeth were sourced from horses or donkeys, and the bottom were from cows and—wait for it—people.

These teeth actually deteriorated themselves, revealing the wire that held them together. The dentures open and shut thanks to metal springs, but because they were controlled by springs, if he wanted to keep his mouth shut, Washington had to permanently clench his jaw. You can get a better idea of how the contraption worked in the video from Mount Vernon below.

Washington's Dentures from Mount Vernon on Vimeo.

There are plenty of lessons we can learn from the life of George Washington, but perhaps the most salient is this: You should definitely, definitely floss.

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