Happy new year all.

Snapchat founder Evan Spiegel and wife Miranda Kerr only allow their seven-year-old child to have 1.5 hours of screen time per week

When Snap CEO Evan Spiegel was growing up, he wasn’t allowed to watch TV. The 28-year-old chief exec said in a recent interview that his parents enforced a no-TV policy until he was “almost a teenager.

The weirdest items TSA agents are trained to catch when they scan your bags.

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The Transportation Security Administration, the federal agency in charge of screening airline passengers, is perhaps best known for its rules concerning toiletries, laptops, shoes, and metal objects.

Bride goes viral after ejecting couple who brought their kids along to her 'child-free wedding'.

An anonymous bride has become a worldwide news story after she shared a story about an incident that took place at her wedding.

New Zealand,Aucland,Samao,Kiribati and Sydney,welcomes 2019.

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Samoa and Kiribati have become the first countries in the world to welcome 2019 celebrating in style with stunning firework displays.

Netflix scam warning over new trick hackers are using to steal your money.

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Netflix subscribers have been warned not to fall for a new set of convincing fake emails asking them to update their payment details.

Jon Snow perfectly summed up everyone’s thoughts on the Gatwick drone closure

Flights from Gatwick airport were severely delayed when drones caused a 36-hour shut-down of the airport and lots of people were angry.

Raheem Sterling posts video of one-year-old son's incredible football ability.

The one-year-old son of Manchester City and England star Raheem has a got a pretty mean shot on him, as revealed in an Instagram video from his obviously very proud Dad.

People thought New York’s mysterious blue light was an alien invasion.

If you were in New York or just about anywhere on the internet last night, you might have noticed people freaking out about an eerie neon blue light.

The Home Office is charging EU citizens £65 to apply to stay in the UK after Brexit and people are furious.

Whatever side of the Brexit debate you were on, we can all agree that no one was precisely sure what would happen next and most people still aren't.

A map of every country Britain has ever invaded.

The British Empire once infamously covered a quarter of the globe: One way to write about the history of the world is through the history of empires built up by conquest.

The most shocking racism stories of 2018.

Ideally, we’d all like to live harmoniously with one another. Conversely, there are people in society who live for negativity and to spread their hateful views of others that don’t align with their ideals. Racism permeates the atmosphere; time and time again we see instances of racially motivated crimes and situations that shouldn’t be happening at all. 

Uganda to introduce Chinese as compulsory subject in secondary schools.

The Ugandan government has trained 35 teachers to be posted to 35 secondary schools in the five regions of the country to teach the Chinese language. The language has been added to the secondary school curriculum as a compulsory subject for first and second-year students next year, but optional for seniors.

The adorable child entrepreneurs of 2018.

In 2018, it has been thrilling to have black people owning well-to-do businesses across the world despite the unfair political attacks they tend to face in many jurisdictions. These successes were chalked even in the face of hurdles such as access to capital to fund and operate the business due to years of racial and economic discrimination.

Anthony Joshua awarded OBE by Prince Charles for services to Sport.

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Nigerian born heavyweight boxer, Anthony Joshua has been awarded an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for his services to sport by Prince Charles.

20 Dogs Who Look Exactly Like Their Owners.

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There is nothing too fascinating or astonishing about people loving their dogs more than their own children. There is nothing too startling to see a dog being treated like a family member. What is really astonishing and startling is that some dogs look almost or completely identical to their owners!

The Most Expensive Dogs in the World.

Here are the most expensive dogs in the world an expensive friend to have!

Supermarket Put Googly Eyes On Their Fish To Make It Look Fresher.

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A fish store in Kuwait was shut down by authorities after it was discovered that the owners were sticking plastic, craft-store “googly eyes” onto their fish in an apparent effort to make their product look fresher. The freshness of a fish can indeed be judged by its eyes. The whiter the fish’s eyes, the more recently it was caught. In this case, the googly eyes did cover up the rotting, yellowish colour of the fish’s actual eyes.

Woman Marries 300-Year-Old Pirate Ghost.

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An Irish woman made weird news-history this year after revealing that she had married the ghost of a 300-year-old Haitian pirate. Amanda Teague, 45-years-old and unbothered by the 255 year age difference, married the ghost of Jack Teague, a Haitian pirate who allegedly sailed the seven seas in the early 1700s. Ironically, Mrs Teague works as a Captain Jack Sparrow impersonator in Ireland. The pair first met if you can call it a meeting in 2015. when Teague was lying in bed at her home in Drogheda, Ireland.

22,000 Signed A Petition To Drink This ‘Mummy Juice’ That’s Actually Just Sewage.

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Archaeologists finally looked inside the previously-unopened Ancient Egyptian sarcophagus that had been unearthed in Alexandria several weeks prior. And what they discovered was three skeletons floating around in a mysterious, 2,000-year-old red liquid, and soon the internet started buzzing about what this “mummy juice” might be. Some suggested that the liquid might possess some sort of special powers were you to consume it, and actually began a Change.org petition calling on Egyptian authorities to allow those who want to drink the “mummy juice” to do so.

Silicon Valley Trendsetters Pay $25 For “Raw Water” And Probably Poisoned Themselves

“The first time I drank fresh, living spring water,” said Live Water founder Mukhande Singh, “a surge of energy and peacefulness entered my being; I could never go back to drinking dead water again.”The weird news of “raw water” has spread, and now, other startups like this “raw water” firm have contributed to an upswing in the buying and selling of untreated, unfiltered, unsterilized drinking water for human consumption.

There's a crystal-blue lake in Kazakhstan where trees grow upside down like something out of a sci-fi movie.

Nestled in a forested area in the Tian Shan Mountains, Kazakhstan'sLake Kaindy invites those who visit to take a swim in a surreal underwater world. Created by an earthquake that took place in 1911, the freshwater lake is home to an array of fir trees that not only jet out from its waters but that all those who take a dive to explore an entire forest sunken under its clear waters.

7-year-old’s book has been accepted into the Library of Congress.

“Kylaa & Kyle The Walking Dictionaries: Election Day” is the first in a series of books written to help elementary children expand their vocabularies. Nicholas Buamah, a 7-year-old Georgia native, is the author of the book that is currently being sold at Barnes & Noble and on Amazon.

Incredible photos of brave troops in action.

The calling cards of the world's most ANNOYING people.

Luxury doomsday bunkers where world's richest hope to survive apocalypse.

More than 5,000 people will be able to take cover at Vivos xPoint, near the Black Hills in South Dakota, US, during apocalypses and other disasters. But they've been priced at a staggering $35,000 (£27,000) each upfront, and then a further annual rent of $1,000 (£790).

Woman's hair starts fight.

A woman's high-top hairstyle was the cause of an argument with another passenger on a bus as she insisted "I know I look good".Video footage shows a lady sat on board a bus in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, with a somewhat extravagant hairdo.

United States' oldest World War II veteran dies aged 112.

The oldest veteran in the United States, Richard Overton, has died his family have said. Having celebrated his 112th birthday in May, the World War II soldier from Austin, Texas died on Thursday, just days after being released from the hospital after a battle with pneumonia.

Household pets from mog in the bog to dog doing dishes, these pets tackle chores like pros.

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We all like a helping hand with household chores but not many people get a helping paw from their pet. These cats and dogs appear to have supplied just that for their owners. From a moggie on loo duties to a dog doing the dishes, Nick Prichard shows no job is too big for this lot. If only they could clean up after themselves...

A flight attendant had to work over Christmas - but her dad found a brilliant solution to keep her company.

It's easy to forget just how many people in different jobs have to work during the Christmas period.

Woman shared the heart attack symptoms all women need to know.

Heart attacks are often associated with older men, but they are increasingly occurring in women, according to the latest research. Although women often experience typical signs of a heart attack like chest pain and shortness of breath, the symptoms do vary between men and women.

A look back at the weird and wonderful fashion and beauty trends of 2018.

From odd outerwear to blinged-out eyebrows and corkscrew nails, 2018 had a lot to offer in the world of out-there beauty and fashion trends.

Professor Sophie Oluwole is dead.

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Nigeria has just lost one of it Amazon, Professor Sophie Oluwole, to the cold hands of death Late Professor Sophie, 82 years of age, was on Monday, December 24, reported dead, although details of her death is yet unknown Sophie was the first female doctorate degree holder in philosophy in Nigeria

These dogs in matching turtlenecks has inspired a number of jokes that are all too real.

Culture stories of 2018 that aroused controversies.

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Well, 2018 has offered us a melting pot of cultures, from spiritual rituals from African tribes to wedding traditions in African American communities. Some of these stories made an impression because of their content, and controversial nature. Here is a reminder of these stories.

Odd news of 2018 that were mind-boggling.

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It would be an incomplete year if nothing odd took place. Across the world, headlines featured some of the weirdest stories that made readers take a double look.

THAT'S A WRAP People brand present-mad mum ‘selfish’ and ‘disgusting’ over pile of gifts so big you can barely see the Christmas tree.

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A MUM who has bought so many presents you can barely see her Christmas tree has been branded ‘disgusting’ and told to donate some. Emma Tapping, from the Isle of Man, is known for her over-the-top pile of gifts, spending months stockpiling presents. She buys hundreds of gifts for her kids costing thousands and has even appeared on a Channel 5 documentary Xmas Excess: Parents Splash The Cash. Photos of her mountain of presents swamping the Christmas tree go viral and this year it's no different.

A TIME FOR GIVING Teacher’s touching Christmas present from schoolgirl who ‘had nothing to give’.

A TEACHER received a heartwarming gift from a pupil a bag of marshmallows as she had "nothing to give".Rachel Uretsky-Pratt, 24, a third-grade teacher at a school in Washington, USA, posted an image of the little bag of treats which had been carefully picked out from the pupil's Lucky Charm cereal. The school Rachel works at provides its pupils with free breakfasts and free or reduced-price lunches.

How to keep the kids safe online with those techy Christmas gifts.

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CHILDREN across the country will unwrap a vast range of electronic gifts this Christmas raising a fresh wave of safety concerns for parents. Ghislaine Bambusa, head of the digital for Internet Matters, a non-profit organisation set up by the UK's leading internet service providers to improve children's safety online, has some tips to help them.

ON AIR EMERGENCY Iain Lee ‘overwhelmed’ with support after saving man who revealed suicide bid live on air.

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IAIN Lee says he’s been “overwhelmed” with support after he saved a man’s hostess live on TalkRadio.The caller, known only as Chris, phoned in and told Iain he had taken an overdose and was lying in the street dying. Iain, 45, kept the man on the phone and talked to him for 30 minutes while paramedics rushed to help him. Chris was eventually discovered by a police officer who had been given a location and description of the man by Iain's producer.

Man trolls his mum each year with his personalised Christmas card after she asked him to ‘sober up’.

Sending your own personalized Christmas cards is a nice idea, but sometimes it can be tricky to come up with something original.

New Jersey Athlete Forced to Cut His Long Dreadlocks, Spark Racist Debates; people Share the Importance of Their Hair.

A video of a New Jersey wrestler who was forced to cut off his dreadlocks minutes before his match after a referee refused to let him compete with a helmet has drawn much anger on social media platforms.

Expert tips for parents who discover that their teenager drinks alcohol.

Dr Gerry McCarney is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist. The HSE booklet, Alcohol and Drugs: A Parents’ Guide www.askaboutalcohol.ie also contains information on what to do if you think your child is taking drugs, how to handle resistance, your guide to parties, building resilience and handling emergency situations. ALCOHOL IS SO normalised in our society that we sometimes forget that supplying alcohol to someone under 18 without their parents’ permission is against the law. Christmas or not, giving drink to children is not just against the law it’s damaging to their developing bodies and brains. 

Mind yourself this Christmas: How to care for your mental health during the festive period.

CHRISTMAS TIME CAN be an incredibly stressful time for many people. Between the family members you only see once a year, the financial pressures and the feeling that you have too much to do and not enough time to do it in, December can be a particularly difficult time. It’s not unusual for someone living with a mental health condition to feel a bit overwhelmed by the festivities. It’s also not all that unusual for people without one to feel overwhelmed either.

No one would want to touch or eat faeces, but we do that by not washing our hands properly'.

This means using soap and water at home and alcohol gel in hospitals and clinics. The HSE said some people are washing their hands insufficiently, missing areas like the tips of their fingers. Professor Martin Cormican, HSE National Lead for Antibiotic Resistance, said: “Things that look clean often have billions of bacteria and viruses so you can pick them up from touching most surfaces.“It is really important that you clean your hands well with soap and water and then dry them on a paper (or clean) towel.

Shane Dunphy: The Irish state is a very bad parent when its children turn 18 they often end up on the streets.

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Shane Dunphy is a child protection expert, author and broadcaster. He is Head of the Social Studies Department at Waterford College of Further Education. The first time I met James* it was at the beginning of the Christmas season, and he was being thrown out of a pub for causing a disturbance. He had arrived early that evening and had already consumed more than was good for him as the first of the work parties were coming in for their seasonal festivities.

Brave Rebeca Gyumi fought Tanzania’s child marriage laws and won.

She is widely known as the woman who fought for an end to child marriages in Tanzania and won. Tanzania is one of the African countries with the highest rates of child marriage in the world two out of every five girls marry before their 18th birthday with a prevalence rate of 37% nationwide, according to the country’s national demographic and health survey of 2015/16.

Lynching is finally a federal crime in America.

The news that lynching has been made a crime in America in 2018 got many people by surprise as they wondered why it took so long for this to be achieved. The bill was introduced by three black senators: Sens. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., Cory Booker, D-N.J., and Tim Scott, R-S.C.The bill, which was introduced earlier in the year, indicates that at least 4,742 people were reported lynched between 1882 and 1968.

Margaret Ekpo International Airport in Calabar, Nigeria the only airport in Africa named after a woman.

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Margaret Ekpo International Airport in Calabar, Nigeria, was named after a salient politician, nationalist and women’s rights activist in the West African country who rose to fame in the 1950s during the country’s political struggle for independence.

A school bully threatened to sell a black teen into slavery, parents want swift action.

A school in Indianapolis has come under fire for inadequately handling a bullying case where a student told another student that he would sell them to slavery if she fails to do what he had wanted. The Horizon Christian School was accused by Alexander Wortham, a parent who stated that his daughter, Imani, has been asking to stay back home more often than usual.

Six Habits of Highly Empathic People.

We are primed for empathy by strong attachment relationships in the first two years of life.
Are We Living in the Age of Empathy?: If you think you’re hearing the word “empathy” everywhere, you’re right. It’s now on the lips of scientists and business leaders, education experts and political activists. But there is a vital question that few people ask: How can I expand my own empathic potential? Empathy is not just a way to extend the boundaries of your moral universe. According to new research, it’s a habit we can cultivate to improve the quality of our own lives. But what is empathy? It’s the ability to step into the shoes of another person, aiming to understand their feelings and perspectives and to use that understanding to guide our actions.

Melania Trump’s red Christmas trees compared to characters from The Handmaid’s Tale.

Poking fun: Funny or Die created a spoof video of the unveiling of this year's decorations, complete with a voiceover of a faux Melania saying: 'Look at my trees soaked in blood' 
First Lady Melania Trump’s newly-unveiled red Christmas trees have been likened to characters in dystopian drama The Handmaid’s Tale. Mrs Trump shared photos and videos of the 2018 White House decorations Monday morning, with a row of bright-red trees lining one corridor soon compared to enslaved women in the hit Hulu adaptation.

HSE launches new crisis pregnancy website to give women information on abortions.

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THE HEALTH SERVICE Executive has launched a new website to provide information to women who are considering terminating their pregnancies. Preparations for the service are currently being finalised, following the enactment of the Health (Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy) Act this week. The law allows terminations to be carried out in Ireland for the first time, and it’s expected that the service will begin in the new year.

What is the psychological impact of Christmas?

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In the 1930s, US President Calvin Coolidge made the following observation on the annual yuletide festivities: “Christmas is not a time nor a season,” he said, “but a state of mind.”For sure, Christmas affects the human mind in many ways, capable of stimulating joy, nostalgia, excitement, trepidation, and stress occasionally all at the same time.

Teen Greta Thunberg tells climate negotiators they aren't mature enough.

Greta Thunberg, a 15-year-old student from Sweden, captured the attention of the world recently when she shamed climate change negotiators at a United Nations climate summit in Poland."You are not mature enough to tell it like is," she said at the COP24 summit, which ended late Saturday night after two weeks of tense negotiations.

What it Really Means to Hold Space for Someone.

How to be there for the people who need you most: When my Mom was dying, my siblings and I gathered to be with her in her final days.

Primary school bans 'floss dance' due to its association with 'violent' video game Fortnite.

What got banned at your primary school when you were a kid? For us, it was Pogs and Pokemon cards. Those are both understandable, as one game involved throwing a really hard plastic disc and, let's be honest, no one wants to see a kid get beaten up for their shiny Venusaur.

Blind, Sand-Burrowing Creature Named After Donald Trump.

A newly discovered worm-like amphibian that buries its head in the sand is to be officially named Dermophis donaldtrumpi, in a nod to US President Donald Trump's climate change denials. This name was chosen by Aidan Bell, the head of sustainable building company EnviroBuild.A biting post on the EnviroBuild Facebook page says that the "slimy little worm has limited vision and a skull adapted for burying its head in the ground at a moment's notice.

Dying neighbour leaves 14 years of Christmas gifts for two-year-old girl.

A daredevil pensioner has stunned his neighbours by leaving their daughter 14 years of Christmas presents before he died. Owen Williams, from Barry in South Wales, was overwhelmed when the daughter of his late neighbour turned up on his doorstep with a sack of 14 presents, all bought by her father for Mr Williams' little girl.

In pictures: Wildlife Photographer of the Year launches online people’s vote.

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They are some of the most amazing wildlife photos taken this past year and you can vote for your favourite. The Wildlife Photographer of the Year has launched its Lumix People’s Choice Award, and there is an array of stunning pictures to choose from. The 25 images, which feature lions, foxes, owls, seals and beavers, are on display at the Natural History Museum in London until June 2019. Online voting is now open, and you can choose your favourite image until 2pm on Tuesday, February 5, 2019.

The UPS Store tried to joke about shredding children's letters to Santa and it backfired badly..

At Christmas time it's very easy to become cynical and fatigued, effectively forgetting what the true meaning of the season is. That appears to be what happened to the social media manager of The UPS Store on Sunday who put out a rather un-festive tweet about children sending letters to the North Pole.