Odds & Ends

Sex Meters in Bonn

A ticket machine prints out receipts for the nightly flat fee of 6 euros (currently about $8.65) for the privilege of streetwalking.

Venezuelans Who?

Friday's international friendly game seems so Argentina-centric that Venezuela has virtually been overshadowed by the star power of the Messi-led side.

Why Return Trips Feel Shorter

Ever thought why at times the back journey from any place seems shorter than previously felt, despite both the distances being same?

The Skinny Gene

Extra copies of certain genes in some people are much more likely to make them skinny. People with a missing copy of these genes are 43 times more likely to be morbidly obese.

Healthy Potato

Eating potatoes twice daily can lower blood pressure, without the risk of weight gain, says a new study.

Astrological Compatibility Key in Indian Marriage

"It is evident that it is not only the older generation who are stuck with these taboos, the younger generation also believes in the same."

Sex Book Premature

"It's too revealing and has a lack of beauty, which will fail to inspire children's interest."

UK Firm to Build Cricket Communities in India

"In India, cricket is nothing short of a religion, and we visualise developing new communities at the edges of cities revolving around the extraordinary national devotion to the game."

Dumbo Rescued by Indian Soldiers

Indian soldiers used a bulldozer to rescue a young wild elephant that was trapped in a water tank inside a military area.

Separated After 7-Decade Marriage

A relatively minor dispute over distribution of money ended the seven decade marital relations of an old couple from Uttar Pradesh’s Terwa village, near Lucknow.

The Typewriter Lives on in India

India's typewriter culture survives the age of computers in offices where bureaucracy demands typed forms and in rural areas where many homes don't have electricity.

TJ Bakery in Tihar Jail

It is tea-time at the Tihar prison bakery in Delhi. Workers are busy rolling out sugary cookie dough and packing savoury biscuits.

Slumdog Thrillionaires

Indian youths perform incredibly dangerous 'train surfing' stunt routine while hanging off carriage.

Shorts Come Into Vogue

Over two decades ago, when Zeenat Aman had worn a pair of shorts in Dostana, a song "Bahut Khoobsoorat jawan ek ladki" sung rather teasingly by Kishore Kumar, invited the roadside Romeos to tease her

Mayawati Property Tax Defaulter

UP Chief Minister Mayawati owes Rs.31.76 lakh to the New Delhi Municipal Corporation as tax on her property on Sardar Patel Marg. Hotel Taj Palace owes $10 million.

Toothpaste Bomb

Four tubes of toothpaste were detonated by the Jersey City police bomb squad after they were mailed to a township resident in what appeared to be a suspicious package from India.

$430 Million Ganpati

The Ganpati idol at Gaud Saraswat Brahmin Mandal is made of 150 lbs of gold and almost 1,000 lbs of silver and insured for $430 million.

Reliance Bodyguards 'Bodyguard'

Reliance Entertainment has secured a 'John Doe Order' from the court restraining websites, cable operators and Internet Service Providers from showing the movie.

Train Surfing, India's Perilous New Sport

After stunt bikers in Delhi had created ruckus on the roads, it's the turn of Mumbai's self-styled stuntmen to give others some hair-raising moments but this time on rail.

$15,000 for a Night of Dance, Booze and Sex

"For sex, the customers could shift to the rooms that are separated from the dance bars by an electronically operated door fitted to the common wall."

Dancing on a Train

A Bollywood dance number conducted entirely on a moving train.

Dealing With a Bigoted Dad

I’m an East Indian girl of 25 whose father says that if I have black friends in our house or even hang around them, I’m kicked out forever. My mom says I can keep someone who is black as a friend but that I mustn’t argue with my dad.

The Elusive Lalit Modi

I knock on the door of an old three-storey brick house in the swanky SW1 pocket in London, allegedly Modi's address since he was driven out of the BCCI (and India) for alleged financial misdemeanours in the running of the IPL. Modi's son answers the door.

Shoe Throwing MLA Gets the Boot

"This is the slipper that was thrown. It was flung by BJP MLA Bhawani Singh Rajawat at me inside the House,'' Mr Raghu Sharma said, holding aloft the footwear that started it all.

Eco Ganeshas on Ganesh Chaturthi

Eco-Ganeshas, made of clay and painted with natural colors, dissolve as soon as they are immersed in water, instead of settling at the bottom of the water body and polluting it.

Miss India Universe Twagerized WSJ Columnist

“It wasnt accidental.can’t possibly cut copy AND paste accidentally now can I? just dint know the technical know how of ‘retweeting.’”

World's 7 Billionth Person About to be Born

In the days ahead, a baby will be born who will take the global population above 7 billion for the first time, and in all probability that birth will take place in China or India.

iPad Lessons for Indian MPs

India's labyrinthine bureaucracy has long been renowned for its reliance on paperwork, with even basic transactions needing triplicate forms, stamp certificates and endless information recorded in hand-written ledgers.

Mumbai World's Worst City

A new survey of 140 cities has rated Vancouver as the best city to live, and Mumbai as one of the worst with a ranking of 116.

Argentinian Food Awaits Lionel Messi

Traditional Indian welcome and delicious Argentine dishes await soccer superstar Lionel Messi slated to arrive here by Wednesday for his national side's FIFA official friendly against Venezuela on Sept 2.

Shoe v Slipper in Rajasthan Assembly

"This is the Vidhan Sabha, not a ramp for modeling."

Can a Woman Ever Retire?

I turned to him, and asked him what he did, and he said, "Nothing. I'm retired." I joked with him that maybe he should learn to cook. But he wasn't interested in my kind of humor.

Dumb Train Stunts

The dangerous craze involves hanging off the side of a train as it passes metal beams and various other obstacles

Drive Across India in a Rickshaw

Three brave Aussies are about get into a rickety rickshaw to drive across India with a twenty-first century technology twist to go with their dilapidated drive.

Anna Among Top 10 Indian Brands

This top 10 ranking puts the Jan Lokpal movement as being more influential online in Indian as compared to established online brands like Vodafone, MTV India.

Planet of Diamonds

An international team of astronomers, led by Australia’s Swinburne University of Technology professor Matthew Bailes, has discovered a planet made of diamond crystals, in our own Milky Way galaxy.

A Building to Outshine Taj Mahal?

If architects have their way, India may soon build a new spectacular space station-style structure which could outshine the Taj Mahal.

The Invisible Men

Behind every successful structure stand the men who got their hands dirty building it.

Spare the Donkeys

"Several TV channels have telecast visuals of supporters of the India Against Corruption campaign using donkeys to symbolise corrupt officials during their rallies. The donkeys had placards around their necks, their faces had been blackened and they were being punched, slapped and beaten, to symbolise the anti-corruption crusader putting corruption down."

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