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Self-sufficient eclipse chasers hit the road to ‘totality’

(Reuters) – Michael Zeiler packed his portable toilet then headed out on a 10-hour drive from New Mexico to Wyoming where, on Monday, he intends to mark the ninth time he has seen the moon pass in…

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Citizen scientists will take to the field for U.S. eclipse

(Reuters) – When the moon passes directly in front of the sun on Aug. 21, casting a deep shadow across the United States, thousands of citizen scientists will be watching the eclipse while monitoring…

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Blood and passion fuel Siena’s street horse race

SIENA, Italy (Reuters) – The sounds of thundering hooves and a roaring crowd have filled Siena’s Piazza del Campo almost every year since the mid-1600s.

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Belgian town cooks giant omelet amidst egg scare

MALMEDY, Belgium (Reuters) – A Belgian town honored its 22-year-old tradition of making a giant omelet on Tuesday amidst an egg contamination scare, cooking 10,000 eggs in a pan four meters wide.

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Egypt carries on tradition of steam-free ‘foot ironing’

ALEXANDRIA, Egypt (Reuters) – In a narrow alleyway in the heart of Egypt’s coastal city of Alexandria, Ebtesam Mohamed is busy working on a decades-old Egyptian tradition of ironing clothes using her…

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Egyptian artist creates portraits out of burnt tobacco

ALEXANDRIA, Egypt (Reuters) – In a small studio littered with empty cigarette packets in Egypt’s second city, Alexandria, Abdelrahman al-Habrouk sits hunched over a sheet of paper making portraits…

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Wild brass bands festival kicks off in Serbia

GUCA, Serbia (Reuters) – The 57h Guca Brass Band Festival, Serbia’s liveliest traditional music event, has attracted tens of thousands of people crowding the streets and savoring the trumpet beat.

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Tel Aviv distillery to sell off Israel’s first single malt whiskey

TEL AVIV (Reuters) – In an unassuming building in the heart of hip and gritty south Tel Aviv, a young distillery is hours away from auctioning off a batch of what it calls the first Israeli-made…

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In a remote Irish town, a goat reigns supreme

KILLORGLIN, Ireland (Reuters) – For a few days this week a goat will be king of a small town in Ireland’s rural south west.

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Bashful baby bonobo born in Belgium

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – A baby bonobo ape has been cradled in her mother’s arms since her birth in Belgium last week, offering zoo visitors only a brief glimpse of her face at feeding times.

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