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From Greece to Poland Underneath A Bus

A 19-year-old Afghan man named Yahiya climbed underneath a bus in Athens and strapped himself to the undercarriage with a belt for a free ride. He traveled this way through Macedonia, Serbia, Hungary and Slovakia, and was discovered in Nowa Deba, Poland. Along the way, his face was scratched every time the bus changed gears. When he emerged from the bus after his 1,700 mile trip, Yahiya was disappointed to find he was in Poland instead of Italy, his intended destination. He had stowed away on the wrong bus!

Plane Takes Off Without Pilot

A 1940 model biplane was being readied for takeoff at a monthly vintage vehicle show at Goodwood airfield in England Sunday when it took off on its own! The unnamed pilot had just swung the propeller to start the engine, but couldn't jump into the cockpit before the plane began moving forward. The plane ran in circles, then took off for a flight of about 200 meters before crashing into trees at the edge of the field. If it had cleared the trees, the plane may have been able to fly for 150 miles, as the fuel tank was full.

Bees Invade White House Lawn

Secret Service agents were warning White House visitors of an airborne threat Thursday. A swarm of honeybees had taken up residence in a bush near the northwest security gate. Charlie Brandts, the White House carpenter who is also a beekeeper was summoned to handle the colony. Brandts managed to capture the queen bee in a cardboard box. Other bees followed, but it is not known whether all the bees are gone. Honeybees will be returning to the property, as Brandts is also charged with installing two beehives for Michelle Obama's vegetable garden.

Cat Rescued from Rubble Five Weeks Later

150felix.jpgAndrea Schröder of Cologne, Germany had not seen her cat Felix since the city's archive building collapsed into a pile of rubble five weeks ago. Her parents' apartment building had also collapsed -they escaped, but two cats went missing. On Monday, firemen clearing the rubble heard a weak meow. They carefully dug out the cat, which they recognized from the pictures Schröder had posted in an effort to find him. Felix was weak and disoriented, but had no broken bones or injuries.

Divorce by Text Message

A Saudi Arabian man in Iraq sent a text message to his wife and got a legal divorce. Under Saudi law, a man can divorce his wife by saying "I divorce you" three times. A court in Jeddah ruled that the divorce is valid even if sent by text message, after confirming that the unnamed man also called two of his relatives to make his intentions clear. The newly-divorce man is in Iraq to participate in "jihad". This is the first known divorce in Saudi Arabia achieved by text message.

Rare Shark Species Found, Eaten

150Megamouth.jpgFishermen near Burias island in the Philippines caught a 500kg megamouth shark, which died while struggling in their net. The megamouth (Megachasma pelagios) is one of the rarest fish in the world, with only 40 sightings recorded since it was discovered in 1976. At the port of Donsol, members of the World Wildlife Foundation identified the shark and took pictures. They asked the fishermen to preserve the specimen, but instead they ate it sauteed in coconut milk.

To Protect and Serve Doughnuts

Retired arson investigator and state trooper Ken Borders has opened a doughnut shop in Louisville, Kentucky and named it Police Doughnuts. He says the name came from the stereotype of police hanging around doughnut shops, although he says it's an outdated image. He is looking into registering the name as a trademark and possibly opening more locations.

"I have two words for it: hysterical and genius," said John Keeling, a metro police patrol officer who lives in Eastwood. "I wish I had thought of it."

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22 Emojis That Look Completely Different on Different Phones
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Emojis are a great addition to our communication toolbox. Without saying a word, we can talk about people, places, things, and emotions. But different platforms sometimes display the same emoji specification in different ways. An eye roll might come across as petulant or cheerful. A snake might look threatening or adorable. To help you navigate some potentially confusing cross-platform interactions, here are 22 emojis (referred to by their programming code names) that come out with important differences on Apple (iOS 11.1), Google (Android 8), and Samsung (Galaxy S8).

1. FACE WITH ROLLING EYES

3 different face with rolling eyes emojis from Apple, Google, and Samsung

Apple: Way to miss the point.
Google: Ugh. Oh boy. Nice one. NOT!
Samsung: Heh, heh. Neato.

2. SNAKE

3 different snake emojis from Apple, Google, and Samsung

Apple: Beware!
Google: Beware?
Samsung: Aww. Snakey-poo.

3. NERD FACE

Three different nerd face emojis from Apple, Google, and Samsung

Apple: Nerdy cuteness.
Google: Nerdy excitement!
Samsung: Nerdy astonishment!

4. COOKIE

Three different cookie emojis from Apple, Google, and Samsung

Apple: Mmm. Delicious chocolate chips…
Google: Raisins? Nuts?
Samsung: Uh, thanks for the cookie?

5. LOUDLY CRYING FACE

Three different loudly crying face emojis from Apple, Google, and Samsung

Apple: River of tears.
Google: Waterfall of tears.
Samsung: Cast adrift on a lake of tears.

6. GHOST

Three different ghost emojis from Apple, Google, and Samsung

Apple: Ready for a goofy good scare?!
Google: Me scary! (*wink*)
Samsung: (*clears throat*) Um, boo.

7. COUCH AND LAMP

Three different couch and lamp emojis from Apple, Google, and Samsung

Apple: Midcentury modern pad.
Google: Office waiting room.
Samsung: Haunted Victorian hotel.

8. CHIPMUNK

Three different chipmunk emojis from Apple, Google, and Samsung

Apple: Cute? No. Please allow me my dignity.
Google: Tee hee. Cute!
Samsung: Where did I put those nuts…

9. OCTOPUS

Three different octopus emojis from Apple, Google, and Samsung

Apple: Oh. You surprised me there.
Google: Boo! I surprise YOU!
Samsung: Hellooooooo, over there.

10. CAT FACE

Three different cat emojis from Apple, Google, and Samsung

Apple: Always identified more with the mice, actually.
Google: On the internet, everyone loves a cat!
Samsung: Your texts are tedious.

11. PIZZA

Three different pizza emojis from Apple, Google, and Samsung

Apple: Pepperoni.
Google: Pepperoni and olives.
Samsung: Pepperoni, olives, and extra cheese.

12. MAN DANCING

Three different man dancing emojis from Apple, Google, and Samsung
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Apple: Disco in the '70s.
Google: Miami Vice in the '80s.
Samsung: Dabbing, whipping, and nae-naeing at the middle school.

13. OLD MAN

Three different old man emojis from Apple, Google, and Samsung

Apple: More like middle-aged.
Google: Old and yet somehow babyish.
Samsung: Very prematurely grey kid.

14. RUNNING SHOE

Three different running shoe emojis from Apple, Google, and Samsung

Apple: Ready for the 5K.
Google: Ready for some stickball.
Samsung: Ready for the playground.

15. DETECTIVE

Three different detective emojis from Apple, Google, and Samsung

Apple: Experienced and ready to assist.
Google: No experience yet, but can’t wait to start!
Samsung: Seen too much.

16. PERSON SURFING

Three different person surfing emojis from Apple, Google, and Samsung

Apple: Awesome!
Google: Pretty fun.
Samsung: Whoa. Help.

17. FRAMED PICTURE

Three different framed picture emojis from Apple, Google, and Samsung

Apple: For the nursery.
Google: For the den.
Samsung: For the great hall.

18. DROOLING FACE

Three different drooling face emojis from Apple, Google, and Samsung

Apple: Sooo delicious…
Google: Sooo incomprehensible…
Samsung: Sooo disturbing…

19. CLAPPING HANDS

Three different clapping emojis from Apple, Google, and Samsung

Apple: Pay attention!
Google: Polite applause.
Samsung: Hushed appreciation.

20. T-SHIRT

Three different t-shirt emojis from Apple, Google, and Samsung

Apple: Casual Friday at the office.
Google: Saturday at the gym.
Samsung: Sunday on the couch.

21. PERSON FROWNING

Three different person frowning emojis from Apple, Google, and Samsung

Apple: Hurt and disappointed.
Google: Crushed and disappointed.
Samsung: Not gonna stand for it anymore.

22. FEARFUL FACE

Three different fearful face emojis from Apple, Google, and Samsung

Apple: Yikes! Aaack! No way!
Google: Oh dear! Why! I feel sick!
Samsung: Bzzzt! Yoinks!

Check the platform differences for all the emojis at Emojipedia.

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Australians Vote to Name New Sydney Harbor Boat 'Ferry McFerryface'
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Proving that some jokes never die (or at least take a little longer to reach the Land Down Under), Sydney has a new ferry named Ferry McFerryface, according to BBC News.

For the uninitiated, the name Ferry McFerryface pays homage to an English practical joke from 2016. It all started when the UK's Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) made global headlines after launching an online poll to name a nearly $300 million polar research ship. Leading the vote by a significant margin was the moniker “Boaty McBoatface.”

For a short period, it seemed as though jokesters would pull off their naming coup. But once the competition reached its end, government officials ultimately decided to override the poll. They named the research ship RSS Sir David Attenborough instead, although they did agree to give the name Boaty McBoatface to one of its submarines.

Sydney recently held a similar competition to name a fleet of six new harbor ferries, and the results were announced in mid-November. Locals submitted more than 15,000 names, and winning submissions included the names of esteemed Australian doctors, prominent Aboriginal Australians, and—yes—Ferry McFerryface, according to the Associated Press. Boaty McBoatface also came out on top, but it was struck down.

“Given ‘Boaty’ was already taken by another vessel, we’ve gone with the next most popular name nominated by Sydneysiders,” said Andrew Constance, the New South Wales minister for transport and infrastructure, in a statement. “Ferry McFerryface will be the harbor’s newest icon and I hope it brings a smile to the faces of visitors and locals alike.”

[h/t BBC News]

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