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An Interesting Tale of the Business of Ice and Its History in India

It may seem strange to think of ice being used to make high-rises, but then the ice industry is full of surprises and perhaps it is only to be expected.

At 104, Noida Man is World’s Oldest to Get a Heart Stent

Not only did he successfully undergo an angioplasty but, at 104 years of age, also became the oldest person in the world to do so.

Passenger Booted from Flight for Singing Non-stop

A passenger was booted off an American Airlines flight en route from Los Angeles to New York Monday when she would not stop singing Whitney Houston's hit "I Will Always Love You".

A Strip of Cloth That Makes Dry Cleaners Shudder

Some women go further — waiting until they travel to India to take care of their soiled saris. Assuming that saris are made there, they reason, Indian dry cleaners should know what they are doing.

Boy Genius Diagnosed with Autism Found to Have IQ Higher Than Einstein

A 14-year-old boy from Indiana, who was diagnosed with moderate to severe autism at the age of 2, has an IQ of 170, which is higher than Einstein’s, and he is now on the road to winning a Nobel Prize.

Surat Diamonds Found in Hollywood-style Heist

Robbers disguised as policemen had got away with $50 million worth of gemstones

Sudarsan Pattnaik's Award-winning Stunning Ganesha Sculpture

Indian sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik was recently awarded Moscow choice prize for creating a sand sculpture of Lord Ganesh at World sand art championship 2013, Russia.

India Man Sailendra Nath Roy Dies During Ponytail Stunt

A Guinness World Record holder who attempted to cross a river in India suspended by his ponytail has died during the stunt.

Saudi Arabia Deports Man for Being Too Handsome and Irresistible to Women

If you thought that there’s no flip side to being impossibly handsome, think again! Apparently that chiseled face, the dreamy eyes fringed with lashes and the manly chest can lead to deportation. If you’re in Saudi Arabia, that is.

International Museum Of Toilets Now Officially Weird, Unusual

The International Museum Of Toilets that is housed in Delhi’s Palam area, has made it to the list of the Top 10 ‘Weird and Unusual’ museums in the world.

38% Indian Tourists Pocket Hotel Items

A global survey by an online accommodation booking service has revealed that 35% of the global travellers have no qualms about taking home hotel amenities.

NRI Devotee Donates $300,000 to Balaji Temple

In a princely offering, an NRI devotee from US today donated Rs. 16 crore to the famous hill shrine of Lord Venkateswara at nearby Tirumala.

Why Spend $250,000 on a Gold Shirt

An Indian man has bought one of the world's most expensive shirts, made with more than 3kg of gold and worth $250,000. His is an extreme case of an Indian obsession with the precious metal.

We Didn’t Order That – 6,000-mile Takeaway Snubbed

AN Indian restaurant owner travelled thousands of miles to deliver a curry takeaway to the African jungle – only to be told it had not been ordered.

A Dating Website for Beard Lovers

A new dating site is helping beard-lovers find love by putting them in touch with furry fellas.

Hindu Temple that Worships a Muslim Deity

Jhulasan village has perhaps the only Hindu temple that worships a Muslim deity - Dola Mata.

India Cardboard Traffic Police to Deter Violators

Police in the Indian city of Bangalore are using life-like cardboard figures of officers to try and stop traffic violations.

Kerala Temple: Where the Lady With the Lamp is a Man

The cross-dressing is part of traditional ritual festivities.

Indus Valley Man Features in Bangalore Voters’ List

The Election Commission's voters' list has howlers galore.

Tirupati Offers Sops to Raise Sale of Human Hair

Each woman devotee who donates hair measuring 31 inches will be gifted five laddus.

​2500-year-old City Discovered in Chhattisgarh

Archaeologists claim to have found remains of a 2,500-year-old city, buried at Tarighat in Durg district of Chhattisgarh where excavation work is to begin shortly.

Andheri HSG Society Imposes Fine Raj to Drive Bachelors Out

A society in Andheri has taken this discrimination to a whole new level. Not only has it banned flat owners from renting to bachelors, it has been fining those who do so.

Gold For a Bottle of Soda?

‘Made in India’ soda bottles are highly priced in Pakistan.

Indian Girl in Einstein Club

A 12-year-girl has scored 162 in a Mensa IQ test — the highest possible score for someone under 18 — making her more intelligent than 99 per cent of the population.

Scream At The Top of Your Lungs For Free Trip To Norway

The tourism board is inviting fans to submit a clip of themselves screaming to help build the longest video shriek and to win their chance for a free trip to Norway.

Why Did Men Stop Wearing High Heels

For generations they have signified femininity and glamour - but a pair of high heels was once an essential accessory for men.

Most Auspicious Wedding Date in 10,000 Years Flops

The most auspicious and romantic day in 10,000 years for weddings in China turned out to be a big flop as many couples who vowed "until death do us part" filed for divorce barely days later.

Pilot's Love for Kachoris Delays Flight by an Hour

The pilot wanted to fly via Jodhpur as she wanted to pick up an order for famous onion kachoris that she has placed.

Bathroom the Cleanest Place to Eat in Hotels

The next time you spend a holiday at a hotel, do not order food in bed. A new study says a bathroom is actually the most hygienic place to eat in most hotel rooms.

The Kilogram Has Put on Weight

The official kilogram - a cylinder-shaped hunk of metal - that defines the fundamental unit of mass, has itself gained weight, scientists say

History's Weirdest Fad Diets

As early as the Greeks and Romans people have been dieting. But while it was largely about health and fitness back then, it's the Victorians who really kick started the fad diet.

Why a Deity Should Be on India’s Richest List

In Hindu law a deity is considered to be a living person which can hold property, therefore the property or the treasure belong only to the deity and there is no substitution of the deity with the state.

Even ATMs Freeze in Himachal Cold

It's not unusual to see a queue outside an ATM counter, waiting till noon for the machine to be eased up by the rays of an unsure sun.

'90% Of Indians Are Idiots'

"It is true that I have said that 90% Indians (not all) are fools. My intention in saying so was not to hurt anyone but to awaken people to the realities.... The figure 90% is not a mathematical figure, it simply means that in my opinion a large proportion of Indians (and again I repeat, not all) are fools.

Crorepati Coach

Patna's favourite KBC coach teaches aspirants how to make theirs the fastest finger and stay cool on the hot seat.

India's Poster Boy for Vegetarianism – He's Just Fathered a Child at 96

The world's oldest father has been recruited by activists in India who maintain lifelong vegetarians retain their "vigour" better than others.

The Penguin Couple That Was Together For 16 Years

A new study has revealed Magellanic penguins as among the most faithful lovers in the animal kingdom.

India May be a Market for Heat-resistant Chocolate

Chocolate giant Cadbury has filed a patent for a treat that will not melt, even at 40 degrees Celsius, and hopes to sell it in hot countries like Brazil and India.

Postcard Mailed During World War II Arrives at New York Home

A postcard mailed nearly 70 years ago has finally arrived at the former upstate New York home of the couple who sent it. The postcard was sent July 4, 1943, from Rockford, Illinois, to sisters Pauline and Theresa Leisenring in Elmira.

India Wardens Bang Drums to Halt Peeing in Public

Volunteers in India armed with drums and whistles are to lead a crackdown on going to the toilet in public under a new scheme in the western state of Rajasthan.

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