Offbeat articles

There’s a dead bug in the Van Gogh

When a Kansas City museum put a Vincent van Gogh painting under the microscope, it found an unlikely intruder: a grasshopper trapped in the canvas’s painterly whirls for 128 years.

Firm rewards non-smokers with extra leave

Non-smoking employees at one Japanese firm are getting six additional days’ holiday to compensate for the time their colleagues spend puffing away at work.

BIG bundle of joy: woman gives birth to 7 kg baby

A Vietnamese mother had the shock of her life when her newborn son weighed in at a whopping 7.1 kilograms (15.7 pounds), one of the heaviest births ever reported in the Southeast Asian nation.

Woman granted sick pay to care for ill dog

An Italian woman has won her battle to be granted sick pay for days she took off to look after her poorly dog, in a first for the pet-loving country.
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