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Lightning Strike Damages Rio’s Jesus Statue

Lightning Strike Damages Rio’s Jesus Statue

The iconic statue of Jesus overlooking Rio de Janeiro has lost a thumb tip as a result of a lightning strike.

Christ the Redeemer, one of the city’s most recognisable landmarks, was damaged in a huge storm on Thursday night.

Standing at 38 metres the statue – which sits atop Mount Corcovado – was named in a 2007 global poll as one of seven new wonders of the world.

The famous statue is hit by lightning

The famous statue is hit by lightning read more

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Australia – Naked Man Stuck In Washing Machine

Australia – Naked Man Stuck In Washing Machine

An Australian man put police officers in a spin when they had to free him from a washing machine after a game of hide and seek went wrong.

The man from Mooropna, north of Melbourne, became stuck in the top-loading machine as he tried to use it as an elaborate hiding place.

It took 20 minutes to free the man, with rescuers using olive oil to ease him out.

Sergeant Tim Gleeson said the man had climbed into it naked while waiting for his partner to come home on Saturday afternoon. read more

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Cockroach Burrows Into Sleeping Man’s Ear

Cockroach Burrows Into Sleeping Man’s Ear

A man in Australia had to be rushed to hospital in terrible pain after a large cockroach crawled into his ear as he slept, and an attempt to suck it out with a vacuum cleaner failed.

Medical treatment initially only caused the inch-long insect to burrow further into the head of Hendrik Helmer.

The unwelcome invader was eventually extracted by a doctor with forceps, but only after Mr Helmer had endured the unpleasant sensation of it being in the “throes of death-twitching”.

His ordeal began in the early hours of Wednesday morning when he was woken by a sharp pain in his right ear, according to Australian TV. read more

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Australia bushfires – One dead

Australia bushfires – One dead

More than 80 bushfires are burning across Victoria and South Australia states as temperatures continued to top 40C (104F).

Both states have endured several days of scorching temperatures, with winds helping to increase the speed of the fires.

Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Ken Lay said one person died at their home in Roses Gap in the Grampians region, northwest of Melbourne.

He said the death was fire-related, but gave no other details. read more

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Southwest Airlines Flight Lands At Wrong Airport

Southwest Airlines Flight Lands At Wrong Airport

Southwest Airlines says it cannot explain how the packed aircraft landed seven miles from its intended destination.

A Southwest Airlines flight from Chicago is under investigation after it landed at the wrong airport seven miles from its intended destination.

Flight 4013, carrying 124 passengers and five crew members, was scheduled to fly from Chicago’s Midway International Airport to Branson Airport, Missouri.

But the Boeing 737-700 landed at Taney County Airport instead, on a runway half the size of it proper destination. read more

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Germany Plane Crash: ‘Four Die’ As Jet On Fire

Germany Plane Crash: ‘Four Die’ As Jet On Fire

The jet, carrying two pilots and two passengers, was alight after coming down near an airfield, damaging an electricity pylon.

Four people are believed to have died after a small jet flying from England crashed near an airfield in Germany.

The plane damaged an electricity pylon as it came down at a landfill site and was ablaze when firefighters arrived at the scene near the western city of Trier.

Pictures from the scene apparently showed foam covering the aircraft after firefighters smothered the blaze. read more

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Smithsonian Museum scans a Mammoth in 3D

Smithsonian Museum scans a Mammoth in 3D

One of the world’s largest museums has launched an ambitious project to 3D scan its collection.

America’s prestigious Smithsonian museum is using the revolutionary technology to document its artefacts but also to share them through 3D printers and online.

3D scanning bounces lasers off objects using the echo to map them in space.

The process is used to build up 3D digital images of almost anything, regardless of size or complexity. read more

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Polar Vortex To Plunge US Temperatures To -50C

Polar Vortex To Plunge US Temperatures To -50C

Windchills of nearly -50C (-60F) are threatening to turn states in the north and northwest US into an icy deep freeze.

A phenomenon described as a polar vortex is set to suck super-chilled air from the Arctic into North and South Dakota, the Great Lakes states and New England, sending temperatures plunging.

Washington DC has already seen its coldest temperatures for 20 years and several states in the Midwest have recorded their lowest mercury readings for more than a decade. read more

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