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Driver pays 1 million RMB for 'lucky' 88888 license plate, gets pulled over 8 times in one day


After spending just 30,000 RMB ($4,370) on his new vehicle, a driver surnamed Liu decided to splurge on his license plate, spending 1 million RMB ($145,705) on one with 5 lucky number 8s, hoping it would keep him out of trouble on the road. It totally backfired on him.

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One Meme Will Make You Love J.K. Rowling Even More Than You Already Do


By now, J.K. Rowling's rags-to-riches story is famous. The woman who is now rumored to be worth more than the Queen of England began Harry Potter as a single mother living on welfare.

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'Kung Fu Panda' Hits A Sore Spot in China


Why a Quintessentially Chinese Movie Was Made in Hollywood

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4chan wants Taylor Swift to perform at a school for the deaf


For the second time in the last two weeks, users of the 4chan imageboard have gamed a public online vote for the lulz.

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Brazilian Man's Plan to Bury His Bentley Proves To Be An Ingenious Publicity Stunt


A wealthy Brazilian businessman stirred a wave of negative reactions when he announced on his Facebook page that he plans to bury his beloved Bentley Continental Flying Spur.

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Adidas Doesn’t Want Players Who Practice Scientology


The few people who do practice Scientology think of it as a religion, but it is considered a cult in many parts of the world, including Germany, which is why Adidas, a German sports clothing manufacturer, will cancel any sponsorship deal they have with a player if it turns out he has anything to do with the teachings and ideas of Ron L. Hubbard.

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World’s oldest man, a Holocaust survivor in Israel, to celebrate bar mitzvah 100 years late


JERUSALEM (JTA) — The world’s oldest man, 113-year-old Yisrael Kristal, a Holocaust survivor living in Israel, will celebrate his bar mitzvah.

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FOR YAO MING, SAVING SHARKS IS A SLAM DUNK


SHARK POPULATIONS across the globe have been in decline for decades, with approximately 100 million sharks removed from the oceans each year. Demand for shark fin soup drives such relentless fishing, accounting for 73% of sharks harvested from the seas, and as a result 1 in 4 shark species are now endangered.

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Divide and Profit


CLAIM: President Lyndon B. Johnson once said, "If you can convince the lowest white man he's better than the best colored man, he won't notice you're picking his pocket. Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he'll empty his pockets for you."

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Ten Ways That Carter Influenced Translation — and Vice Versa


Can translation shape a presidency? As I argue in a new book, Found in Translation, it can influence the world as we know it. So, it shouldn’t be difficult to believe that translation affects the oval office in more ways than most people realize. Likewise, the commander-in-chief has extraordinary power to shape policy related to translation and language in general.

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