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Coast Guard Discovers Body, Which Turns Out To Be E.T.

The Coast Guard received a distress call about a body spotted floating off the coast of Old Portsmouth, Hants, and when they arrived they found that it was a creature from another planet! What they had actually discovered was a life-sized replica of everybody’s favorite turtle-esque alien E.T., which had been stolen from the home of [...]

Why Do the Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys Always Play on Thanksgiving?

Every year, the Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys host games on Thanksgiving, and every year, we run this story explaining why that is. Only this time around, we’ve had to cut out all the Lions jokes. © Icon SMI/Corbis Every year since 1934, the Detroit Lions have taken the field for a Thanksgiving game, no matter how [...]

The "Sunrise" Fanfare of "Also Sprach Zarathustra"

YouTube link. The performance here is by the Portsmouth Sinfonia – students in Portsmouth, England, directed by English composer Gavin Byers. The Sinfonia had an unusual entrance requirement, in that players had to either be non-musicians, or if a musician, play an instrument that was entirely new to them… The only rules were that everyone had to [...]

Woman diagnosed with fear of vegetables

A 22-year-old student from Portsmouth suffers from a rare phobia which renders her terrified of vegetables. The condition known as lachanophobia a…

Real-life Harry Potter Not Happy with Fame

Harry Potter of Portsmouth, England was born in 1989 and had eight years of peace before J.K. Rowling wrote the books that would make him miserable. He said: ‘No one ever believes that I’m telling the truth about my name. I had to show my girlfriend my passport, my bank card, and my driving licence to [...]

Around the World in 174 Days

James Bowthorpe of London pedaled his bicycle 18,000 miles around the world in 174 days, 20 fewer days than the world record holder. He arrived back in Hyde Park to complete the journey on Saturday. Mr Bowthorpe cycled through France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Ukraine, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, Iran, India, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, New [...]