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A huge beached whale has been dumped outside the Japanese embassy in Berlin. Greenpeace activists hauled the fin whale to Berlin from the Baltic coast after finding it beached on a sandbank. The dead whale measured 56ft long and weighed 20 tonnes.

A seven-tonne whale has made its way up the Thames to central London.

London Aquarium Curator Paul Hale told the BBC: "Getting that to do anything it doesn't want to do is going to be extremely difficult."

Korean Supreme Court Upholds Obscene Yogurt Conviction:

The models, caked in wheat flour, used spray devices to squirt each other with yogurt, which washed off the flour to expose their bodies. The court said the performance "was obscene as the event's main purpose was commercial and it went beyond the point necessary to promote the product."

Are brain parasites altering the personalities of three billion people?
ome scientists believe that Toxoplasma changes the personality of its human hosts, bringing different shifts to men and women. [...] Those infected, he found, show a small, but statistically significant, tendency to be more self-reproaching and insecure. Paradoxically, infected women, on average, tend to be more outgoing and warmhearted than controls, while infected men tend to be more jealous and suspicious.

Update: Cecil weighs in!

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