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No Wife for World's Worst Student

74-year-old Shiv Charan made a vow that he would not take a wife until he passed India's year 10 school exams. That was in 1969. Charan has taken the exams almost every year since then, and has failed 38 times. This year, he failed all but one subject, Hindi.

"As long as I am alive I will go on giving examinations in order to get a wife," he said.

Asked if he was ready to give up his quest, he said: "Better to die than go back on your word."

Frantic Rescue Effort Saves Doll

Police in Gympie, Australia broke through a car window to save what they thought was an unconscious baby locked inside. The 'baby" turned out to be one of the extremely life-like dolls created by artist Vynette Cernik. Cernik said a similar incident occurred in the US when police broke into a Hummer to save a doll.

Police Raid Amtrak Mooning

The annual Mooning of Amtrak event was held Saturday, and around 8,000 people showed up to bare their backsides to passing trains in Orange County, California. 50 officers of the Orange County Sheriff's Department and California Highway patrol were called over complaints of nudity. They shut down the event and dispersed the crowd, but no arrests were made. The mooning is an annual tradition that started over an offer of free drinks in 1979.

Bull Crashes Pool Party

150bull.jpgGuests had just begun to arrive at Jamie Stewart's new pool when an escaped bull crashed through and plunged into the water. He couldn't climb out on his own, so the pool had to be  partially drained and the bull hoisted out by six firemen and a local veterinarian. The process took three hours. Stewart had just filled the new pool with 10,000 gallons of water the day before. His children were disappointed that they didn't get to swim, but "they ended up with a much better story to tell their friends."

Man Who Robbed McDonalds Produces a McDonalds Jingle

Tamien Bain robbed a McDonalds when he was 14 years old, and served 12 years for the crime. Now he's one of five finalists in a contest to produce a jingle -for McDonalds! Bain now goes by the name "BAiNG The Locksmith" and visits prisons and juvenile centers with other rappers to talk about how he turned his life around. He told the contest officials about his previous experience with McDonalds before he was named as a finalist. You can vote on the jingles at the contest MySpace page through Sunday.

World's Greatest Dad Caught in Sex Sting

125Dad.jpg33-year-old Daniel Allen Everett of Clarkston, Michigan thought he was on his way to a sexual rendezvous with a 14-year-old girl he met on the internet. Instead, he was met by police officers, who arrested him on child sex charges. It's not clear whether Everett has children, but he was taken in wearing a t-shirt proclaiming him to be the "World's Greatest Dad."

Suicide Designed to Look Like Murder

You hear of murders that were covered up by making it look like a suicide, but the reverse seems to be the case with the death of Red Lobster executive Thomas Hickman. Hickman was found March 15 lying in a field in New Mexico. Police have determined that Hickman shot himself in the back of the head, using a gun attached to helium balloons. The balloons could have carried the gun away, making the death appear as a murder, but the balloons and the gun, which was modified to reduce its weight, were found nearby.

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Fisherman Catches Rare Blue Lobster, Donates It to Science
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Live lobsters caught off the New England coast are typically brown, olive-green, or gray—which is why one New Hampshire fisherman was stunned when he snagged a blue one in mid-July.

As The Independent reports, Greg Ward, from Rye, New Hampshire, discovered the unusual lobster while examining his catch near the New Hampshire-Maine border. Ward initially thought the pale crustacean was an albino lobster, which some experts estimate to be a one-in-100-million discovery. However, a closer inspection revealed that the lobster's hard shell was blue and cream.

"This one was not all the way white and not all the way blue," Ward told The Portsmouth Herald. "I've never seen anything like it."

While not as rare as an albino lobster, blue lobsters are still a famously elusive catch: It's said that the odds of their occurrence are an estimated one in two million, although nobody knows the exact numbers.

Instead of eating the blue lobster, Ward decided to donate it to the Seacoast Science Center in Rye. There, it will be studied and displayed in a lobster tank with other unusually colored critters, including a second blue lobster, a bright orange lobster, and a calico-spotted lobster.

[h/t The Telegraph]

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How the U-2 Aircraft Made Area 51 Synonymous With UFOs
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Area 51 may be the world’s most famous secret military base. Established on an abandoned airfield in the Nevada desert, the facility has fueled the imaginations of conspiracy theorists scanning the skies for UFOs for decades. But the truth about Area 51’s origins, while secretive, isn’t as thrilling as alien autopsies and flying saucers.

According to Business Insider, the U.S. government intended to build a base where they could test a top-secret military aircraft without drawing attention from civilians or spies. That aircraft, the U-2 plane, needed to fly higher than any other manmade object in the skies. That way it could perform recon missions over the USSR without getting shot down.

Even over the desert, the U-2 didn’t go completely undetected during test flights. Pilots who noticed the craft high above them reported it as an “unidentified flying object.” Not wanting to reveal the true nature of the project, Air Force officials gave flimsy explanations for the sightings pointing to either natural phenomena or weather research. UFO believers were right to think the government was covering something up, they were just wrong about the alien part.

You can get the full story in the video below.

[h/t Business Insider]

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