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Sir Roger Moore dead at 89 after short battle with cancer, most known for portraying James Bond in seven movies 

Egyptian lantern-makers seek to save ancient craft in struggle against imported replicas, Chinese plastic lanterns common despite being banned by decree from 2015 

Morbidly obese monkey caught and put in captivity, ate junk food from tourists but has now been placed on strict diet 

Richard Carroll: Hesiod's poetry is despite its place in Homer's shadow required reading for those who seek classical education, value of virtue and hard work characterizes didactic poem Works and Days 

Dutch king Willem-Alexander recently quit as KLM co-pilot, flew smaller plane twice a month, few recognized him, will train to fly Boeing 737 

Rock singer Chris Cornell from Soundgarden and Audioslave dead at 52, cause of death unknown 

Paul Krause: Modernity's separation of beauty and moral big relativistic error, return to Plotinus' and Greco-Roman ideas of beauty as moral compass and inspiring excellence preferable 

John Horvat: Dreher's Benedict Option dangerous postmodern idea, differs from Saint Benedict when it comes to its local and fragmentary ambition as well as too much focus on what is opposed rather than advocated 

Microsoft solves Outlook emoji problem, were autocorrected to proprietary Wingdings font turning :) into J on non-Microsoft products 

Chanel accused of cultural appropriation when offering USD 1,400 boomerang as part of accessories collection, statement issued with apologies following Twitter critique  

Japanese fishermen diversify their businesses to also offer wake up calls, will share their wisdom from years spent at sea to those who so wish  

DJ Roberto Concina dead at 47, trance pioneer in 1990s under the name Robert Miles 

Suicide prevention group starts using drone to monitor rugged coastline in Japan known for its many suicides, usually patrol the area by foot which together with Pokemon Go has had a positive effect in preventing suicides by making the cliffs less secluded 

Creator of Pepe, Matt Furie symbolically kills frog in one page comic after six months long Save Pepe campaign failed to make people present character as peaceful and friendly 

Company in Australia offers customers to cremate unused embryos from in vitro fertilization to use in the creation of jewelry 

Ukraine forbids Steven Seagal to enter country, is considered security threat after receiving Russian citizenship by decree issued by Putin 

South African author Karel Schoeman commits suicide at 77 by seizing to eat or drink, known for autobiographical and historical novels 

Rats drank 1 million liters of confiscated alcohol according to police officers in Bihar, India who are tasked with explaining absence of confiscated goods to superiors 

First wolf pack in Denmark in 200 years, pregnant she-wolf expected to have given birth or to do so shortly, since 2012 only five wolves have been sighted in country 

Extremely rare albino orangutan rescued by NGO after two days in captivity in Borneo village 

Ferrari 275 GTB from 1964 may become world's most expensive car, could fetch USD 100 million at auction following death of owner Preston Henn 

Female dragonflies fall to ground and play dead to avoid unwanted sexual advances, behavior previously observed in other species 

Doug French: Yearly NFL draft beautiful example of division of labor, marginal phenomenon has become one of year's largest TV events and created entire new sector of specialized workers 

Rod Dreher talks about his childhood, Christian journey and newly launched book The Benedict Option in article from The New Yorker, says Christians should live together in local communities to avoid being dragged into liquid modernity which resembles Great Flood of Bible 

Alternative chess ranking evaluates each move with Stockfish AI instead of final results of games, leads to better predictions compared with ELO-ranking, places Carlsen as number one, Fischer as number three 

Book readers more popular on dating services, statistics shows reading Hunger Games make women more attractive, Richard Branson business books have largest positive effect for men 

Rouben Adalian on Tom Woods Show: Tragically unknown Armenian genocide final solution to long period of persecution and massacres – silent leaders in West appease allied Turkey despite wealth of evidence of government sanctioned systematic mass killing [audio] 

Theodore Dalrymple: Mark Zuckerberg's supposedly folksy wearing of t-shirts synonymous with cynical product exploiting and mocking common people, elite thinks dressing down is sign of subtle intellectual sophistication when rather it is a striving for eternal youth 

Gog, a 2000 year-old oak tree dies in flames in south England, leaves behind neighbouring oak tree Magog and Glastonbury, Somerset villagers 

UK National Union of Students recommends “consequences” for expressing support by "whooping" and applause because it excludes deaf 

Ex-Marxist and historian Thaddeus Russell launches Renegade University and podcast, makes appearance on Tom Woods Show and talks about range of topics from trade unions and work ethic to own political development [audio] 

Oregon citizen with Engineering degree proves through meticulous investigation that traffic lights are not according to regulations, is fined for referring to himself as Engineer in email despite lacking proper Engineering license 

Robert M. Pirsig, author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, dead at age 88, bestselling book was rejected 121 times before publication, became one of most popular work of popular philosophy in modern era 

Webroot antivirus program flags essential Windows files as infected by trojan, web pages like Facebook blocked 

Wild boars kill three and injure five IS terrorists in northern Iraq, Islamists believed to have disturbed animals while setting up ambush  

Hash browns recalled by McCain Foods in US due to containing pieces of golf balls, may cause choking and physical injuries to mouth 

Finland withdraws commemorative coin depicting execution of Reds during civil war after online outrage, other coin in series to depict drowned Syrian refugee child 

12-year-old took family car and drove 1,300 km through Australia, intended to cross continent from east to west but was arrested by police after one third of way 

Ravens often sinister symbols in folk stories but almost always positively depicted in the Bible, among others as lookouts for dry land from Noah's ark and as bringers of food to holy men including the prophet Elijah and St. Benedict 

Martin Filler: Three German princesses succeeded by combining classic and scientific education in contributing to England's cultural and material progress in the 18th century 

Bee stings hurt most in nostrils and on upper lip, least on toes and top of head, according to man who systematically let bees sting him on 25 different body parts 

Ipswichian cleans car and finds McDonald's Szechuan Sauce from 1998, auctioned it online as product was mentioned in TV series Rick and Morty, sold for USD 14,700 

Micronation Neco Republic announced after positive response to April Fools' joke, crowdfunding to finance island where cats rank higher than humans, free healthcare and pensions important parts of creating feline paradise 

Head size on election posters used to predict outcome of South Korean presidential elections, since 1992 candidate with smallest depiction of head has won, indicates Ahn Chul-soo will be next leader of country 

MIT Press publishes communist children's book where conflict is solved by workers expropriating factory 

3,000-year-old ball game recreated in Mexico, Ullamaliztli played on narrow court where ball must be kept moving using hips, tradition of sacrificing losing team to gods left out of modern version 

US porn industry on hold after performer suspected to be HIV positive, minimal risk of transmission but industry health protocols rigorous 

57-year-old Gloucester man convicted of killing two butterflies, sought to frame rare Maculinea arion and add to collection, reported by amateur investigator and given six months suspended sentence 

Jamaica minister tells funeral directors to restore dignity of ceremonies and curb vulgarity, threatens to regulate market 

60 cows on train station in Kent causing delays and cancellations 

Students at Indiana University told to take short and cold showers to counter climate change 

Pope opens laundromat in Rome, to be used free of charge by homeless, laundry also named after Francis 

Archaeoacoustic research seeks to recreate sound scares of human prehistory by measuring correlations between resonance in caves and traces of their former inhabitants 

Coins worth USD 1.5 million thrown in Trevi fountain in Rome during 2016, money collected by city council and handed to charity organization Caritas 

Greek bishop Seraphim of Piraeus calls for Erdoğan to denounce Islam and convert to Orthodoxy with Putin as godfather, Turkish president will otherwise join prophet Muhammad in hell and eternal suffering 

Japanese macaques detained on island against their will, local authorities recruit guards to ensure no monkeys escape over temporary land bridge, believe they will not return voluntarily if allowed to leave 

Japans supreme court finds Megumi Igarashi guilty of obscenity, sentenced to pay a fine of 3 650 USD for distribution of 3-D scans of her vagina, sent to people who donated money for the construction of a kayak designed to look as the artists genitals  

8-year-old boy in Ohio takes 4-year-old sister to McDonald's in parent's car, flawless driving followed by cheeseburgers and chicken nuggets at drive-through, boy claims to have learned to drive by watching YouTube videos 

Brit charged for swatting after tricking police to storm house of US man, victim shot in head with rubber bullets 

Law makers in Oregon proposes repealing ban on government employees engaging in gun duels 

Nassim Nicholas Taleb: Bleeding hand after icepick trick made me realize that double nature of Christ as both divine and human enables God to be risk taker, Trump's visible flaws made me realize he would win primaries 

Hospital in Denmark fulfills dying man's last wish, a cigarette, a glass of wine and watching the sunset 

Enthusiasts find gold bars worth 800,000 GBP in fuel tank of T54/69 battle tank during renovation, probably loot from Iraqi soldiers during the war, tank bought on eBay for 30,000 GBP 

Fake fur may be from cats, says Humane Society International after conducting lab tests on shoes sold in UK 

Stephen Limbaugh: Government aid for music and arts contributing factor to cultural decay, while authorities fund ideologically appproved modern projects private donations are necessary in order for classical works to survive 

Wet half-naked woman found walking in middle of Fresno street, claims to be a mermaid, can not be identified with fingerprints, has webbed toes on both feet according to police 

Pennsylvania man with Drunk Lives Matter shirt prosecuted for drunk driving after being caught by police with 2.5 times the legal amount of alcohol in blood 

Microsoft updates its privacy policy, will for the first time report a complete list of diagnostic data collected 

42 year old chokes to death in doughnut eating contest in Denver, PR event hosted by Voodoo Doughnut 

18-year-old Ziad Achmed applied to Stanford with 100 copies of the hashtag #blacklivesmatter, gets in and is hailed by Twitter activists  

Baseball popular among blind South Koreans, slow pace and clear sounds make it ideal for people with vision impairment according to Kwon Soon-chul who hosts baseball podcast together with other blind fans 

Synthesizer pioneer Ikutaro Kakehashi has passed away aged 87, was the founder of synthesizer manufacturer Roland and is considered to be one of the godfathers of the MIDI-standard for which he in 2000 was awarded a Technical Grammy Award 

Timer on unhealthy goods in vending machines can increase sales of healthy alternatives, according to research, the waiting time makes the product less desirable 

Tyrannosaurus Rex had soft nose which may have been rubbed during foreplay like in present-day crocodiles and alligators, according to US researchers after well-preserved Daspletosaurus Horneri found in Montana 

Russian poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko dies at age 84, known for poem about Babi Yar and resistance against Soviet anti-Semitism 

Indonesian farmer goes missing while setting off to harvest palm oil, found inside seven-meter long python after villagers see outlines of his boots in snake's stomach 

Russian serial killer and rapist "The Werewolf" confesses to murdering 82 women between 1992 and 2010, focused on women he considered to possess bad characteristics, says he was a good cop and husband 

Design company presents concept skyscraper hanging from asteroid, would trace figure-eight path over Earth, unclear how to get to and from building 

Michael Perilloux: Strength training a spiritual weapon against modernity, perfection of aesthetic and functional potential of body reflects reactionary aspiration to revive human vitality 

100 kg gold coin worth EUR 3.7 million stolen from Berlin museum, thieves may have used ladder, coin minted by Royal Canadian Mint in 2007 

Bryan Caplan guest of The Rubin Report, discussing what anarcho-capitalism is, basic economics and immigration in the US [video] 

Apple's Siri understands all countries emergency numbers and translates them to the place where one is right now, pranksters using this to fool people into calling emergency centers 

San Francisco woman dies from drinking wolf's bane tea, no known antidote for aconite poisoning 

Transgender New Zealander Laurel Hubbard wins international women’s weightlifting title in over 90 kg division, beats four national records 

Author and Nobel Price winner Sir Derek Walcott of Saint Lucia dead at 87, known in particular for epic poem Omeros 

Banker and billionaire David Rockefeller dies at 101 of congestive heart failure, was advisor to several politicians 

Contracting disease from public toilet seats very unlikely, risk greatest when flushing launches fecal matter into air increasing probability of contact with hands 

University of Arizona releases booklet on how teachers and students should handle microaggressions – careless use of pronouns and scheduling tests to religious holidays among listed sins 

Giant statue found in Cairo slum is not Ramses II, could be Psamtek I who ruled 600 years later according to Egypt's antiquities minister 

Three boys climb fence in Czech zoo and kill 16-year-old American flamingo, expressed no regret over attack that started with boys throwing rocks and sticks at the birds 

Pavel Sterec: Czech startup Artstaq enabling art investments without proper understanding with the help of algorithms brings a dark, hopeless vision of the future of art, will drive artists to adapt to uninterested investors' profit hunger 

Dutchman Hans van Manen ordered to remove 80 goldfish released by him into Veenendaal canal, animals regarded as invasive species 

Yearly Hodare parade takes place in Japan, festivites to bring fertility and marital happiness for newlywed women carried on two meter long wooden penis 

Boaty McBoatface sent on first mission to Antarctic, autonomous submarine vessel named by public vote will examine water flow and turbulence in Orkney passage 

Brazil president Michel Temer moves from official residence due to bad energy and spookiness of building which has had detrimental effect on sleep 

The left must return to Enlightenment to counter postmodern alt-right, Georg Lukàcs set out on dangerous road when trying to derive radical conclusions from reactionary premises, say writers in socialist magazine Jacobin 

Washing machine with special mode for curry stains launched in India, also has setting for removing traces of hair oil, maker plans additional models targeting typical stains of other countries 

4chan sabotages Shia LaBeouf video stream of anti-Trump flag, analyzes airplane routes, wind direction and position of stars to localize flag and replace it with Pepe banner 

Giant statue of Ramses II found buried in Cairo slum alongside trash and industrial waste, Antiquities Ministry of Egypt deems discovery significant 

To counter priest shortage, Pope says he is open to allowing married men to be ordained