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The Viagra Of The Himalayas

Caterpillar fungus sells for $50,000 a pound. But it's better known throughout Asia by the Tibetan term, yartsa gunbu, which means "summer grass, winter worm."

Oct

13

2011

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Village of Eternal Bachelors

In Siyani, a small rural town of just 8,000 people (tiny by Indian standards), the social effect of such a low ratio of women meant that men were having a tough time finding brides.

Oct

12

2011

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This Car Model Costs More than the Original

A car model of a Lamborghini made of gold and studded with diamonds costs more than the original and is expected to fetch a whopping 3 million pounds when it is auctioned.

Oct

10

2011

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UK Hottest Curry Contest Lands Two in Hospital

A fiery dish cooked with variants of the Indian Naga Jolokia chilli, the hottest chilli in the world , landed two women in hospital.

Oct

07

2011

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Married to My Rapist

There are places in India, like Murshidabad, where rape is grounds for marriage.

Oct

02

2011

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How Much is Nobel Prize Worth?

The prestigious Nobel science awards are worth far more than the $1.5 million prize money: they can pad a company's coffers with $24 million and even add two years to a laureate's life, experts say.

Sep

29

2011

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Delhi, Bangalore World's Worst for Parking

Drivers in New Delhi and Bangalore do the most shouting over parking spots, while drivers in Montreal and Singapore are a bit more mild-mannered.

Sep

28

2011

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World's Oldest Running Car on Sale

Fuelled by bits of paper, wood and coal, the car takes 45 minutes to build up steam to drive, reaching a top speed of 61 km per hour.

Sep

27

2011

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Marriage can Kill the Criminal in You

Many criminologists have assumed that marriage helps reduce crime because married people feel they have more to lose by committing crime.

Sep

26

2011

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Sex Great Workout Regimen

"Sex removes the fat content that sticks on to the body and wipes out all the toxins."

Sep

25

2011

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Rude Hand Gestures of the World

The illustrated globe trotters guide to offending around the world.

Sep

25

2011

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'Facebook Suicide' Girl Lives on in Facebook

Deconstructing Malini Murmu, who committed suicide after being dumped by her boyfriend on Facebook, from her Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Sep

23

2011

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Faster Than Light

“If it is true, then we truly haven’t understood anything about anything.... It looks too big to be true. The correct attitude is to ask oneself what went wrong.”

Sep

23

2011

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London to Delhi by Auto-Rickshaw

"It has driven 10,200 kilometres and only got one flat tyre."

Sep

23

2011

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The Real Slumdog Millionaires

The poverty and filth of Mumbai's sprawling shanty towns, made famous in film Slumdog Millionaire, are being replaced with fully furnished homes kitted out with every modern appliance.

Sep

22

2011

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Amitabh Bachchan Has Got Your Number

"I am at my wits' end. I feel like committing suicide. I will seek a compensation of at least Rs.50 lakh from the TV channel and the host for this harassment and constant mental agony."

Sep

21

2011

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Intel Spied on Women Agents in Toilet

Counterintelligence equipment, including a hidden camera, was used to bug the bathroom of its security and counter-intelligence director in NTRO headquarters in Delhi.

Sep

20

2011

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He Mans Traffic, As Good Samaritan

"I started this as a social service after I was stuck here for 40 minutes a few years back and was shocked that no one cared to manage it for a while. And then I thought something should be done about it and here I am."

Sep

20

2011

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$4.6 Million Gold Plated Nano

The most expensive cheapest car in the world is set with 200 lbs of gold and 10,000 gems and precious stones.

Sep

20

2011

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Asia's Tallest Church Grows Taller Through Charity

Shrine Basilica of Our Lady of Dolours near here - billed as the tallest church in Asia at 260 ft - has decided to donate 125 sovereigns of gold to marry off 25 underprivileged women from different communities.

Sep

19

2011

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Westerners Teach Yoga -- to Indians

"When I first came, I found it strange that I was learning all this from an African American woman. It was a novelty. I loved it."

Sep

19

2011

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Astrologer Seeing Stars

For a quarter of a century, Ashok Kumar Sharma has been making a living by foretelling the fortune of people. But now hospitalised with quake injury, he admits he had no inkling of what lay in store for him

Sep

18

2011

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Tagore: Suspect No 12

“That bearded man in robes who is a poet apparently of some repute.”

Sep

18

2011

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Mumbai's Star Paanwalas

One has a website and the other holds a Guinness record for his bell collection.

Sep

18

2011

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First Printed Depiction of Taj Mahal

In the drawing by William Hodges who travelled through India in the 1780s executing drawings on the spot, the Taj appears in the background of a view of the Fort of Agra suggesting that Hodges was more interested in the military installation than the Taj.

Sep

18

2011

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Five Habits of Highly Annoying Indians

Here’s a news flash: there’s no point scrambling to get off that plane when your baggage won’t arrive for another half hour.

Sep

18

2011

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Flirting Lessons From Animals

"Animals can trump anything that humans do – their courtship behaviour is hugely varied and in some cases quite extreme."

Sep

18

2011

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The Art of Flirting

"In New York, they believe you have to be obvious, while Parisian women are thought of as being easy if they look at a man they like, so they show interest by averting their eyes. In Stockholm, it is more like they are blinking than making eye contact."

Sep

17

2011

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The Other Kushwant Singh

His books are mistaken for those of his famous namesake, and he has often faced charges of being an imposter. It is harrowing to constantly defend one’s name.

Sep

16

2011

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Goa's Barbers Thinning Out

Where they were once found in abundance in the bustling side streets of Panaji, the traditional hair-cutting salons are now becoming as thin on the ground as hairs on the head of a balding man.

Sep

16

2011

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White House Gate-Crasher Crushed

Celebrity White House gate crasher turned reality-TV star Michaele Salahi has left her husband to be with another man.

Sep

16

2011

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British Men Spend 18 Minutes Daily Looking Handsome

An average British man spends as much as 18 minutes making himself look presentable in the morning, a research has found.

Sep

15

2011

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The Last of the Aryans

Regarded as long-lost members of a purebred ‘Master Race’ settled in the Himalayas, Brokpas attract curious visitors, some of who try to satisfy their fantasy of having pure Aryan babies.

Sep

14

2011

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Film Spoofs Are Joy on a Shoestring

The actors of Malegaon are usually paid nothing, or almost nothing. They come for the free food on the sets, the excitement of being part of a movie, the minor fame that will come their way if a film is completed and released, and the hope that someone in Mumbai’s film industry might spot their talent.

Sep

14

2011

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Why a Deep Voice Can Win a Woman's Heart

Men who sound like Barry White or Morgan Freeman can get ahead in the dating game because women remember a deep voice.

Sep

13

2011

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Bollywood to Inspire Indian Cops

It is hoped the example the fictional character "honest cop" Bajirao Singham on the big screen will inspire real-life officers to turn their backs on crime.

Sep

13

2011

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Britain to Recycle Diapers Into Roof Tiles

An average British baby uses 6,000 before being trained to use the potty. Each disposable diaper takes around 500 years to decompose.

Sep

13

2011

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Cell Phones for Birth Control

!DEA cell phone carrier is marketing 3G service as a form of population control. With all they can do on their phones, the ad suggests, Indians will be too busy for making babies.

Sep

13

2011

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Tongues of the Fathers

"Whether in European, Indian, Chinese or other languages, the expression ‘mother tongue' and its concept is firmly embedded in popular imagination – perhaps this is the reason why for so many years the role of fathers ... in determining prehistoric language switches has not been recognised by geneticists."

Sep

11

2011

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I Just Called to Kiss You

The kissing simulator, which involves a moisture sensor on the smoocher's phone and a motorized "wet sponge pushing against a membrane" on the receiver's phone, can differentiate between a peck on the cheek and a full on sloppy kiss -- moving the wet sponge to simulate accordingly.

Sep

11

2011

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Richest Indian Prisoner

Janardhana Reddy has had to swap his gold and platinum fixtures in his lavish bathroom, for baths under a tree.

Sep

10

2011

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$22 Too Much for a Ferari?

Chirag Patel, a millionaire dentist, dubbed a "skinflint" and a "miser" by the British media, used a fraudulent disabled badge, to avoid $22 in parking fees for his Ferari.

Sep

10

2011

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Chasing The Ultimate Flying Objects

Indian cities are playing host to a hippy sport with a makeover. What draws Indians to Ultimate Frisbee?

Sep

09

2011

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Around the World on Vegetable Oil

He converted the bus to run on waste cooking oil and installed a filtering system and a 1,200 litre tank under the bed before setting off in September 2009 determined to prove what can be achieved with people's rubbish.

Sep

09

2011

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Janardan Reddy's Emperor Life

From owning helicopters lying in his indoor swimming pool and watching movies on an expansive 70mm close by' former minister and MLC G Janardhan Reddy lived like a king.

Sep

07

2011

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Microspider to Repair Blood Vesels

A new spider-like micromachine could swim through a person's blood vessels, healing damaged areas and delivering drugs as it goes.

Sep

07

2011

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Why Ketchup Squirts

How can ketchup seem solidly stuck to the bottom of a bottle, then squirt copiously on to your chips as soon as you give it a squeeze? Cornell University researchers think they have the answer.

Sep

06

2011

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800-lb Baigan ka Bharta Seeks to Make Bharta of Bt Brinjal

Activists pooled in 200 kg of brinjals and 300 kg of spices and ingredients like tomatoes, onions and green chillies to make the world's biggest organic 'baingan ka bharta' -- the mashed and char-broiled brinjal dish -- ever cooked in protest against genetically modified food.

Sep

06

2011

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Villagers Want Permission to Kill Themselves

Fed up of government apathy, over 150 farmers in a village in Jharkhand's Palamu district have sent a petition to the chief minister asking for permission to take their lives.

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