Why clever pandas fake pregnancies


Giant panda at research centre in China may have faked pregnancy to enjoy extra bamboo, air con.

Japan stockpiles toilet paper to avoid panic

Japanese told to stockpile loo roll so they aren't caught short during next natural disaster.

The Queen nearly missed out on hotel room

Queen Elizabeth

The Queen lay her royal head to rest in Hamilton on December 30, 1953 but, unbeknown to Her Majesty, it was not without help from the local locksmith.

Brazilian town desperate for men


A Brazilian town suffering from a serious man drought has made an appeal for eligible bachelors.

29-year-old virgin outed on social media


A 29-year-old virgin named Patrick has become an unwitting social media sensation.

Protecting cheese with DNA


Swiss cheesemakers' weapon against forgeries is housed at minus 80 degrees celsius in a Bern freezer.

US regulators: No copyright for monkey selfies

monkey selfie

Sorry monkeys - you can't copyright your photographs. Neither can vegetables or divine spirits.

Bigger fish eats shark in one bite


A viral video shows a Florida fisherman hooking a 1.2m black tip shark - only to have a bigger fish snap it up.

Woman turns her home into cat hospice

cat hospice strap

It's hard to fathom just how many slowly dying cats live in this woman's eight-room apartment.

Can your office beat our desk safari?

Stuff's desk safari

Our readers are taking up the challenge we laid down for best desk safari. Can you do better?

Spark customer's calls allegedly diverted to phone box


Man's home phone number may have been switched with public phone box after mix-up from Spark.

Do dogs get jealous?


Study suggests dogs get jealous when their humans interact with their 'rivals'.

Teen lives undetected at US store for two days


Teenager lived undetected at a 24-hour store for a couple of days after running away from his aunt's home.

Nazi symbol found in chicken sandwich

nazi bun

What a woman found inside her McDonald's chicken sandwich was enough to make her lose her appetite.

Monkey selfie at heart of photo rights spat

monkey selfie

A battle between man, media and monkey is being fought over a set of primate pics.

What's the grossest thing you've eaten?


Whether intentional, a dare, or a barf-making accident: tell us the grossest thing you've eaten.

Surfing pig hangs in Hawaii

kama strap

There are already plenty of good reasons to visit Hawaii, but here's another one!

Driver finds unusual parking spot

crash merivale

A Christchurch driver found an unusual parking spot on top of a planter box in Merivale early this morning.

Meet Mr and Mrs Seamonster


Couple get creative down at the name changing office.

Flying axe lodges in dashboard

Hatchet pic

Secure your load or this could happen.

Inquiry into meerkat munchings

hamilton meerkats

Normally in shades of brown, the poo of these zoo meerkats took on a colourful hue.

So-called dog buried in grave is actually a horse

Doggone it - it was a horse


For decades a council believed a dog was buried in a human grave - only it was a horse.

Inventor unleashes huge fart at France

fart strap

An idiosyncratic British inventor has off a flatulent noise across the English channel.

Lounging lizard spices up curry

Chefs serve up a special take on the traditional chicken curry to workers on Fiji's Malolo island.

Russia loses control of lizard sex satellite

Lizards courtesy tom_adams / Flickr

Mission control has lost contact with a satellite full of geckos who may (or may not) be copulating.

LeBron James apologises with 800 cupcakes

LeBron James

NBA star sends community 800 cupcakes to apologise for a media circus.

Circumcision turns to amputation

Hospital corridor, generic

US man who went to hospital for a circumcision later woke to a total amputation, lawyer claims.

Giant toad sparks China censorship row

china toad

China's censors are in a flap after a huge blow-up toad sparked presidential jokes.

George Harrison tree killed by beetles

george harrison

George Harrison's memorial tree in Los Angeles' Griffith Park has been killed by bark beetles.

Orange isn't the new black

Orange is the New Black

Prison introduces old school inmate outfits after TV show makes standard issue "orange jumpsuit" iconic.

NZ Simpsons' fan sets tattoo record

Tattoos of Homer on Lee Weir's arm

Auckland Simpsons' fanatic Lee Weir gave up beer for a year to pay for his world record breaking 41 tattoos of Homer.

Cargo bikes move entire flat

bike shift strap

The group moved everything across Wellington - a double bed, a desk, drawers and chairs.

Dog rescued from tree by cherry picker

Archie the dog

It took the scent of a possum to get Archie 30-metres up a tree. It took a cherry picker to get the dog down.

Man uses blowtorch on spider, burns house


He was trying to kill a spider, but ended up with out of control flames.

94-year-old wins new car he can't drive

Man, 94, wins new car after 20 years of buying raffles. Problem is, he's too old to drive it.

Man, 94, wins new car after 20 years of buying raffles. Problem is, he's past driving it.

Flaming object spotted in Auckland sky

Night sky, stars

A strange object has been spotted in the sky over north Auckland.

Missing bras still AWOL

bra fence

Cardrona Valley's famous fence is lacking support as the fate of its missing bras goes unsolved.

Man claims kingdom so his girl can be a princess

Jeremiah Heaton

An American father has claimed a kingdom in Africa so his daughter can be a princess.

Singaporean gambling ad campaign ridiculed

Singapore gambling ad during World Cup

Singapore anti-gambling advert featuring forlorn child ridiculed after Germany wins World Cup.

Lizard found in baby formula

baby formula lizard

A rotting smell and a gecko tail sticking up was not what one mother expected to encounter in a new tin of formula.

Threatened chicken delays Texas spaceflight plan


The mating habits of a threatened species of chicken have postponed a this US city's plans for spaceflight.

Pilot orders pizza for hangry passengers

Frontier Airlines

Faced with potentially hungry - and grumpy - passengers, a pilot treated them to pizza when storms delayed a flight.

Massacre threat blamed on auto-correct

Man claims wasn't he wasn't threatening a massacre at a US army base - his phone just autocorrected his message.

Love blossoms at hotdog contest

Joey Chestnut

High-ranking chowhound Joey "Jaws" Chestnut dropped to one knee and proposed to his girlfriend, then ate 61 hotdogs.

Politician gets ridiculously emotional

Emotional politician

A politician faces questions over spending. So far, so dull. Add hysterical emotion - gold.

Whale scream: Animal lover freaks out

humback whale

Julie Rossman likes whales. No, she reaaallllly likes whales. She's a fool in love with whales.

Rufus, Wimbledon's pigeon poo policehawk


Charged with protecting Wimbledon players, royals and fans, Rufus has the early morning beat.

Science deals a blow to Bigfoot fans


DNA testing is taking a bite out of the Bigfoot legend.

Bear has a biscuit ordeal


Bear cub gets head stuck in a cookie jar then has to be rescued from a tree.

Hold on to your brooms! Quidditch drops Potter


Never before has so much been riding on a broomstick. But in the fast-paced, real-life world of quidditch don't expect to see capes or any Harry Potters.
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