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"In the dark colony of night, when I consider man's magnificent capacity for malice, madness, folly, envy, rage, and destructiveness, and I wonder whether we shall not end up as breakfast for newts and polyps, I seem to hear the muffled cries of all the words in all the books with covers closed."

—Leo C. Rosten


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VIDEO: Chernobyl fox makes sandwich 
  Mon, 27 Apr 2015 19:22:46 GMT 
    A fox in Chernobyl has made a large sandwich using cold meats and bread fed to him by a radio crew in the area.

Woman denied $41.8m jackpot payout 
  Mon, 27 Apr 2015 10:59:35 GMT 
    A 90-year-old woman is denied a $41.8m (£27.6m) penny slot machine bonus after the casino blames it on a computer error.

Apple returns more cash to investors 
  Mon, 27 Apr 2015 22:11:10 GMT 
    Technology giant Apple reports profits of $13.6bn for the first three months of 2015, and details plans to return more money to investors.

The end of the 'bank' holiday? 
  Mon, 27 Apr 2015 23:21:43 GMT 
    They are the very definition of a public holiday. But the 144 year-old tradition of banks closing to guarantee everyone a day off may be on the way out.

Google offers cash to Europe's media 
  Mon, 27 Apr 2015 20:49:09 GMT 
    Google pledges €150m to support news organisations' efforts to earn money from their online coverage.

Smartphones pack huge batteries 
  Mon, 27 Apr 2015 13:20:59 GMT 
    New smartphones from Lenovo and Acer feature much bigger batteries than is the norm for a handset.

Rediscovered Bacon portraits unveiled 
  Mon, 27 Apr 2015 02:11:17 GMT 
    Two self-portraits by Francis Bacon are going on public display for the first time after being rediscovered in a private collection, before being sold.

Furious 7 stays top of US box office 
  Mon, 27 Apr 2015 11:19:45 GMT 
    Furious 7 tops the US and Canada's box office for a fourth week, as Avengers: Age of Ultron tops the international chart a week ahead of its US release.

Back pain link to chimpanzee spine 
  Mon, 27 Apr 2015 02:29:07 GMT 
    People with lower back problems are more likely to have a spine similar in shape to the chimpanzee, our closest ape ancestor.

Nepal quake 'followed historic pattern' 
  Mon, 27 Apr 2015 16:08:52 GMT 
    Nepal's devastating magnitude-7.8 earthquake on Saturday was primed over 80 years ago by its last massive earthquake in 1934, geologists working in the region say.

No life-saving surgery 'for billions' 
  Mon, 27 Apr 2015 02:33:40 GMT 
    Two-thirds of the world's population have no access to safe and affordable surgery, according to a new study in The Lancet.

Pepsi to ditch artificial sweetener 
  Mon, 27 Apr 2015 11:59:55 GMT 
    A controversial artificial sweetener is being removed from Diet Pepsi in the US following consumer concerns about its safety.

Bournemouth 3-0 Bolton Wanderers 
  Mon, 27 Apr 2015 20:53:14 GMT 
    Bournemouth all but seal their Premier League place as they go three points and 19 goals clear of Middlesbrough with one game left.

'My head says Mayweather will win' 
  Mon, 27 Apr 2015 16:09:39 GMT 
    Ricky Hatton has fought Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao and says the American will adapt his style and win.

The photographer who captures the horrors of the sea 
  Sun, 26 Apr 2015 23:22:39 GMT 
    Photographer Juan Medina explains why he has spent the past 20 years following the stories of migrants trying to reach Europe by sea.
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