Lorie Miller affixes a QR code to her grandparents' gravestone. Miller and her husband are launching a business that will supply QR tags and maintain a website featuring the deceased.
September 29, 2012 A couple in Philadelphia is reinventing gravesite memorials. Using the popular QR code technology, they've developed a business in which mourners can digitally connect to their loved ones with a scan of a smartphone.
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When an Oksnes plays Norway's lottery, he or she tends to have good luck.
September 26, 2012 Forget four-leaf clovers, horseshoes and rabbit feet. The secret to the three-time-lottery-winning Oksnes family of Norway is simple: getting pregnant. In six years, three members of the family have won the national lottery — each coinciding with a birth.
September 24, 2012 Kick a golf ball back onto the green. Sneak a peek at an opponent's cards in a friendly poker game. Grab a few hundred extra dollars in Monopoly. Duke University professor Dan Ariely studies cheating, and has figured out what drives us to to do it, and how we justify our actions.
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September 22, 2012 Residents of Zimbabwe's second largest city are flushing the toilets at the same time tonight. The action isn't some form of protest, but the result of 72 hours of water restrictions thanks to a severe drought.
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September 19, 2012 This election year, everybody's getting in on the action. Along with the usual posters, T-shirts and lapel pins, other presidential election tie-ins are popping up across the land. Here are a few of the most unusual political marketing ploys that caught our eye.
September 14, 2012 Berkey Creamery recalls ice cream and frozen yogurt after customers find plastic in their half gallons. It comes after campus police launched a criminal investigation into the tainted ice cream reports last month.
September 14, 2012 An Ohio woman says she packed her bags for Disney World, but only after arriving in Orlando did she discover that her cat had stowed away in a suitcase.
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September 14, 2012 You've heard warnings to turn off your cellphone at the movies. If you disobey in London, you may be attacked by ninjas. The Prince Charles Cinema is shushing patrons using people in skin-tight body suits.
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September 13, 2012 A man in Japan wanted to make it into the Guinness book of world records. He considered trying to drink the most hot sauce, but settled on a spikier record. His hairdo — a mohawk — stands 3 feet, 8.6 inches high.
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September 11, 2012 When a runner originally from Sudan ran the Sioux Falls Marathon and shattered the world record by 25 minutes, he was as shocked as everyone else. Turns out, he ran the wrong route.
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September 11, 2012 When free speech causes problems, the cure is often more free speech. A British man tested that theory when his neighbors exercised their right to stay up late singing karaoke.
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David Young plays "Time To Say Goodbye" ("Con Te Partiro") on two recorders at once.
September 9, 2012 New age musician David Young records the kind of music you'd hear in a spa or doctor's office, but his music has found a following in funeral homes, too.
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The grave of The Great Gatsby author F. Scott Fitzgerald lies next to a major thoroughfare for commuters between Rockville, Md., and Washington, D.C.
September 7, 2012 F. Scott Fitzgerald was born in St. Paul, Minn.; he's associated with that city, as well as Paris, the Riviera and New York. But his family had deep roots in Maryland, and he's buried in Rockville, next to a highway between strip malls and train tracks.
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A runner tries to escape with his life as zombies pursue him during the Run for Your Lives race. The 5K course is littered with obstacles — and the undead.
September 4, 2012 Some people run for charity; some run for their health. And some run to escape the ravenous brain-eating zombies who chase them. The popularity of Run for Your Lives, a "zombie-infested 5K obstacle race," has surprised even its organizers.
Maple syrup bottles sit on a shelf. A Canadian syrup producers' federation says a warehouse holding "over 10 million pounds of maple syrup" was recently burglarized.
August 31, 2012 In Canada, a remote warehouse that was holding millions of pounds of maple syrup recently became the scene of what may be "the sweetest heist of all time," as a Canadian newspaper calls it.
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