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"I think a good novel would be where a bunch of men on a ship are looking for a whale. They look and look, but you know what? They never find him. And you know why they never find him? It doesn't say. The book leaves it up to you, the reader, to decide. Then, at the very end, there's a page you can lick and it tastes like Kool-Aid."

—Jack Handey [Deep Thoughts], Recurring Saturday Night Live comedy bit

 

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VIDEO: How Iranian woman defy hijab rule 
  Thu, 24 Apr 2014 23:12:41 GMT 
    Nearly 35 years after Iran's Islamic government made it compulsory for women in the country to wear the hijab, many have taken to wearing headscarves made from western-style, fashionable fabrics which are not approved by the government.


VIDEO: Banksy street art on show in hotel 
  Thu, 24 Apr 2014 19:30:01 GMT 
    Street murals by graffiti artist Banksy - many of them cut off the sides of buildings - have been put on show at an exhibition in London before they are auctioned off.


VIDEO: Ethiopia's Jewish community divided 
  Thu, 24 Apr 2014 14:07:22 GMT 
    Thousands of Ethiopian Jews have been left disappointed by an Israeli government decision to end a 30-year-old programme that saw tens thousands of Ethiopian Jews airlifted to the Holy Land.


VIDEO: Film features plight of African park 
  Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:22:06 GMT 
    The lethal realities of life in Virunga National Park are the subject of a British documentary which has just had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York.


Girl gives father's CV to Mrs Obama 
  Thu, 24 Apr 2014 22:35:48 GMT 
    A young girl offered US First Lady Michelle Obama her father's CV during questions at the White House's Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.


Set of human glass eyes auctioned 
  Thu, 24 Apr 2014 17:49:27 GMT 
    A set of 74 antique prosthetic human glass eyes is auctioned in Lichfield.


Microsoft earnings beat estimates 
  Thu, 24 Apr 2014 20:47:39 GMT 
    Microsoft earnings decline to $5.66bn, but beat market estimates as new chief executive Satya Nadella's push into cloud computing pays off.


Tokyo inflation rate at 22-year high 
  Fri, 25 Apr 2014 03:36:51 GMT 
    Tokyo consumer prices rise at their fastest pace in 22 years, surging 2.7% over a year, pointing to a likely increase in inflation across Japan.


Warhol works found on Amiga disks 
  Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:24:28 GMT 
    A dozen previously unknown works created by Andy Warhol have been recovered from 30-year-old Amiga disks.


Amazon profits thin as expenses jump 
  Thu, 24 Apr 2014 20:50:40 GMT 
    Internet retailer Amazon reports a 32% jump in profit to $108m in the first quarter, but investors worry over increasing expenses.


Tarantino Gawker case dismissed 
  Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:00:14 GMT 
    A judge dismisses Quentin Tarantino's attempt to sue gossip website Gawker for $1m for helping to leak his The Hateful Eight screenplay.


Third Hobbit film title changed 
  Thu, 24 Apr 2014 17:11:26 GMT 
    Director Peter Jackson reveals he has changed the title of the final film in his Hobbit trilogy from There and Back Again to The Battle of the Five Armies.


UK science to get £200m polar ship 
  Fri, 25 Apr 2014 02:28:21 GMT 
    UK scientists are to get a £200m icebreaker, which will be one of the biggest, most capable polar research vessels in the world.


Blood 'is not from headless king' 
  Thu, 24 Apr 2014 14:07:24 GMT 
    An elaborately decorated gourd thought to contain the blood of French King Louis XVI may not be authentic, scientists say.


Human skin grown in laboratory 
  Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:37:39 GMT 
    Skin grown in the laboratory could replace animals in drug and cosmetics testing, according to UK scientists.
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