Researchers slam marine conservationist for touching great white shark during close encounter near Hawaiian island of Oahu
A marine conservationist captures stunning images of her close encounter with a massive great white shark — and lands in hot water with other researchers for placing her hand on the animal. full story
Man hospitalised after injecting semen into his own arm to cure his 'severe, sudden onset' back pain
An Irishman injects a "dose" of his own semen into his arm once a month for 18 months in a homespun attempt to cure his own back pain, but ends up in hospital with subcutaneous emphysema instead. full story
China executes 'godfather of crystal meth' Cai Dongjia whose village supplied one-third of the country's methamphetamine
Cai Dongjia was Communist Party Chief of his village, Boshe, which supplied over a third of the country's crystal meth. full story
Quote of the Day
"You have to stay in shape. My grandmother, she started walking five miles a day when she was 60. She's 97 today and we don't know where the hell she is." Ellen DeGeneris
1845 - Hōne Heke cuts down the British flag - again
The first Māori to sign the Treaty of Waitangi, Ngāpuhi chief Hōne Heke Pōkai soon became disenchanted with the consequences of colonisation. more...
1967 - 19 killed in Strongman Mine explosion at Rūnanga
Nineteen men were killed when an explosion ripped through the Strongman coal mine at Rūnanga. An inquiry found that safety regulations had not been followed and a shot hole for a charge had been incorrectly fired. more...
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