Woman Moves Pet Horse Into Her Living Room

An eccentric equestrian has moved her horse into the living room of her semi-detached home after a quarrel with neighbors. Stephanie Noble shares her home with three-year-old filly Grey Lady Too after a series of disputes with locals near Stornoway on Lewis. But the horse and all its paraphernalia take up most of the space, leaving only one habitable room for 65-year-old Stephanie. Yesterday, she said: ‘It will look strange to most people but I really had no choice… She arranged alternative lodgings but her relationship with the stable owner broke down in a row over money. They brought the pony back to Stephanie’s home on Christmas Eve and tethered the animal to her wooden porch. Stephanie said: ‘I was faced with the choice of leaving her out in the cold or bringing her indoors and I chose to bring her in.” w/ photos

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Oldest Cake In The U.S?

We could call this mummified wonder ‘Old Spice’ — at 100 years of age, the cake qualifies. And there’s definitely a hint of spice emanating from its layers. The surprise — after the age — may be that it’s a spice cake, not a fruit cake. At least that’s what Pierre Girard, of Golden Valley, thinks, based on its faint fragrance. His friends found the cake in 1992 on a closet shelf in St. Louis Park. They were doing an estate sale assessment, prompted by the death of an elderly resident, originally from Canada, who had died without heirs. The friends passed it along to him as a gag gift, never expecting that he would hang on to it. The cake was packed within a six-sided florist box with the handwritten inscription, “XMAS CAKE BAKED IN DEC. 1911″ on the lid. On the bottom of the box, there was more handwritten inscription: “Xmas Cake Baked in Year 1911 by my Mother’s Brother Alex died Dec. 27. Was operated on Xmas Day.” Last weekend, Girard celebrated the cake’s 100th birthday with friends and family, who snapped photos and peered at the curious confection atop his piano.” w/ photo + video

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Man Cartwheels Continuously For 2 Miles

Kung Fu enthusiast Hu Jiakai has hit the headlines after cartwheeling continuously for 2 miles through the streets of Changsha, China. Dressed in full martial arts attire, Jiakai looked every inch like cultural icon Bruce Lee as his antics attracted plenty of attention. It took Jiakai an hour to complete the unusual task which no doubt would have left him in a spin. It was a valiant effort from the 47-year-old who didn’t stop or stand up during the whole event – although the reason for his hour of head-spinning is not yet known.” w/ photo

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Copper Penny Sells For $1m

A one-cent copper coin minted in 1793, the first year that the United States produced its own coins, has fetched $1 million at a Florida auction. The Orlando Sentinel reports that the final bid by an unknown buyer for the coin was one of the largest sales at the Florida United Numismatics coin show and annual convention. The newspaper reported that the 1793 penny was sold at such a high price because it is rare and in excellent shape, showing no wear on its lettering, its Lady Liberty face or the wreath on its back.” w/ photos

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Man Assaults Police Officer With Toy Monkey

A man arrested in a theft from a convenience store is accused of attacking a police officer with one of the stolen items — a stuffed monkey. Preston James Phipps, 24, of Des Moines, was arrested late Saturday night after allegedly causing problems at the Git-N-Go convenience store at 2601 S.W. Ninth St. in Des Moines. Police Officer Andrew Pirtle said in a report that he saw a man carrying two stuffed animals leaving the store about 10:20 p.m. Moments later the officer was flagged down and informed that the man had just made a mess in the store. Officer Pirtle stopped the man near Southwest Ninth and Loomis Avenue. As they talked, Pirtle noted the man’s mood switched quickly from passive to aggressive. When Pirtle tried to take Phipps into custody, Phipps allegedly swung around and hit the officer in the face with a stuffed monkey.” w/ photo

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Museum Of Failed Inventions?

An unsuccessful Austrian inventor has won a $508,000 government grant to set up a museum of failed inventions. Fritz Gall dreamed up the idea of a museum dedicated to the flops and disasters created by other would-be entrepreneurs. Now – thanks to the grant – he and partner Friedl Umscheid have opened the Museum of Nonsense in Herrnbaumgarten, Austria. The museum prides itself on utterly useless creations like the ‘portable anonymyser’ – a piece of black card on a stick so people who don’t want to be in the public eye can black out their own eyes… The museum will move to a new expanded home later this year so it can cope with the thousands of visitors who now flock to it every month.” w/ photos

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Baby Macaque Rides Wild Boar

A baby monkey continues to attract visitors at a zoo in Japan after it started riding the back of its boar pal. The little Japanese macaque, known as Miwa-chan, has been witnessed by more than 11million people online who have watched videos of the monkey saddled-up on the back Uribo, one of the wild boars at the Fukuchiyama Zoo near Kyoto. The pair, who are looked after by vet Akihiro Nihonmatsu, have become so popular that they have their own book based on their life as friends, written by Akihiro.” w/ photos

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Talented Sea Lion

A sea lion at an aquarium in Japan has stunned visitors by writing skilfully in Chinese characters. The mammal known as Jay uses a paintbrush to write in Chinese calligraphy as he perches on a stool at the Hakkeijima Sea Paradise aquarium in Yokohama, Tokyo. Jay can be seen writing the word ‘Dragon’ in the picture above, as he uses his paint brush to make accurate strokes, to the surprise of many visitors who come to see the act for themselves. The word has much importance across Japan, China and other parts of Asia as 2012 constitutes the Year of the Dragon.” w/ photo

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Tuna Fetches Record $736K In Tokyo

This tuna is worth savoring: It cost nearly three-quarters of a million dollars. A bluefin tuna caught off northeastern Japan fetched a record 56.49 million yen, or about $736,000, in the first auction of the year at Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market. The price for the 593-pound (269-kilogram) tuna beat last year’s record of 32.49 million yen. The price translates to 210,000 yen per kilogram, or $1,238 per pound — also a record, said Yutaka Hasegawa, a Tsukiji market official. Though the fish is undoubtedly high quality, the price has more to do with the celebratory atmosphere that surrounds the first auction of the year. The winning bidder, Kiyoshi Kimura, president of Kiyomura Co., which operates the Sushi-Zanmai restaurant chain, said he wanted to give Japan a boost after last year’s devastating tsunami. “Japan has been through a lot the last year due to the disaster,” a beaming Kimura told AP Television News. “Japan needs to hang in there. So I tried hard myself and ended up buying the most expensive one.” w/ photos

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