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Thursday January 26, 2012    05:01 PM
When South Grafton's Bev Metcalf tennis was interrupted by a burst of croaking near her back door, she noticed a large lump in the glow from the light inside and thought "cane toad".

But her fears were allayed when she flicked on a torch and lit up this passionate scene.

"I've emailed this picture to all my friends and told them to have a look at this threesome," Bev said.

Her partner, Ernie Miller, who lived on a farm for 75 years said he had never seen anything like it.

"They were certainly having some fun judging by the big smiles on their faces," Bev said.

Bev is a bit of an amateur frog expert, having kept a green frog called Hercules as a pet for years.

"They can live

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Wednesday January 25, 2012    04:24 PM
Sheep are considerably smarter than we have previously given them credit for, researchers from Cambridge University have claimed.

Tests found sheep, which have historically been perceived as being dim-witted, are actually as smart as animals such as monkeys.

Neuroscientist Professor Jenny Morton made the baa-rmy discovery after conducing a series of tests to test their logic and memory.

These included giving sheep different coloured buckets with one colour containing food and seeing how many times they had to be presented with the buckets before knowing which contained food.

It's said the sheep were able to learn this after the same number of attempts as rodents and monkeys… and

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Tuesday January 24, 2012    08:13 PM
STOCKHOLM — A Swedish man was being treated in hospital Sunday after being dug out alive from his snow-buried car in which he had survived for two months with no food, according to police and local media.

The 45-year-old from southern Sweden was found on Friday, emaciated and too weak to utter more than a few words. The BBC reported the temperature in the area had recently dropped to -22F (-30C). He was found not far from the city of Umea in the north of Sweden by snowmobilers who thought they had come across a car wreck until they dug their way to a window and saw movement inside. The man, who was lying in the back seat in a sleeping bag, said he had been in the car since De

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Monday January 23, 2012    07:32 PM
In spite of hitting the big one, a $1 million lottery prize, the spunky 21 year old waitress says she isn’t quitting her day job. Alexandra Chaar works earning tips as a waitress at a Mexican eatery in Clearwater, Florida. She claims she loves where she works.

The winning ticket was part of the state’s Monopoly Scratch Off game. Chaar purchased the ticket at a local Food Mart in Clearwater Beach that she has been frequenting recently and where she has become a recognized and regular customer. The store had not sold any big winners until Chaar’s win. What is her reason for buying the tickets? Chaar told lottery officials she just felt lucky. It is a good thing she acted on that feelin

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Sunday January 22, 2012    07:07 PM
Maureen Darvell, 83, had set off from her home in Ashford, Kent, at 9am on September 8 last year on her way to Bristol for a relative's wedding.

The 175-mile trip should have taken her around three hours, but the pensioner got confused on the M25 and ended up heading towards Bournemouth on the south coast.

Folkestone JPs heard last week how the confused pensioner realised her mistake as she approached Bournemouth, more than 110 miles from where she set off, and managed to turn around.

But rather than heading north west towards Bristol, the pensioner ended up heading north east again - back to where she came from.

The OAP told the court she 'started getting tired' and decided

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Sunday January 22, 2012    04:20 PM
Sara Avoledo is my guest blogger today. This wonderful, young woman has courageously volunteered to tell her story about meeting her biological mother online. Thank you, Sara!

After reading Karen Higgins novel, A Child of God I have recommended the book to my friends and family. It is a wonderful novel that I just happened to read shortly after finding my own birth mother and her family online. The characters and the emotions portrayed in Higgins’ novel really struck a chord with me. I cried as Mary Simpson thought about the circumstances that lead up to her placing her child with adoptive parents and I cried even harder when Joan, her daughter, found her 35 years later and was relucta

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Saturday January 21, 2012    01:28 PM
A rather pretty girl named Norma Jeane Mortenson was born in 1926 in the charity ward at the Los Angeles County Hospital. She would later become one of the most celebrated and enduring icons of all time. He name was Marilyn Monroe.

Norma Jeane’s childhood was volatile as she was passed from family members to family friends and frequently stayed in orphanages as a result of her mother’s mental health. To avoid another orphanage stay a family friend orchestrated a marriage proposal when she was sixteen years old. When her husband was sent to the Pacific with the merchant marine, Norma Jeane began working on an assembly line at an aeronautical plant.

In 1945 a photographer took a snapshot

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Thursday January 19, 2012    06:50 PM
Nathan Lawrence spent six anguishing days searching for his dog after it escaped from his wrecked SUV during a snowstorm last month.

Atticus, a 60-pound male catahoula, bolted from his kennel inside the vehicle and jumped out through a broken window on the shoulder of Interstate 90 southwest of Spokane.

Lawrence said he had to climb out the passenger door window after his Ford Explorer flipped onto its left side and struck a barrier between the Salnave Road and Tyler exits on Jan. 18.

By the time he got out, Atticus was gone, the kennel door ajar.

For the next several hours, Lawrence searched the nearby woods and freeway, following Atticus’ tracks in the snow, but with no luck.

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Wednesday January 18, 2012    06:42 PM
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- John Glenn joined the proud, surviving veterans of NASA's Project Mercury on Saturday in celebrating the 50th anniversary of his historic orbital flight.

The first American to orbit the Earth thanked the 125 retired Mercury workers, now in their 70s and 80s, who gathered with their spouses at Kennedy Space Center to swap stories, pose for pictures and take a bow.

"There are a lot more bald heads and gray heads in that group than others, but those are the people who did lay the foundation," the 90-year-old Glenn said at an evening ceremony attended by NASA officials, politicians, astronauts and hundreds of others.

"We may be up on the point of that thing and g

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Tuesday January 17, 2012    06:33 PM
TIFTON, Ga. - It's a very special Valentine's Day for two people in Tifton, Ga--whose love has stood the test of time.

A South Georgia man, 87-year-old Jack Grosh, and his sweetheart, 85-year-old Betty Hove, have reunited after nearly 70 years of being apart.

Jack and Betty were sweethearts back in the early 1940s. He left for WWII; but, before he did, he went to Betty's house and left her a photo. He didn't leave an address.

Betty gave up on the relationship, not knowing where Jack was -- or if he was even alive.

Both Betty and Jack eventually got married to different people and had children. Their spouses have since passed away.

On a whim, Betty's friend did an online se

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