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Watch out for the pointy part

More at Reuters

A British woman plans to make a parachute jump over Mount Everest hoping to become the first woman ever to skydive over the worlds highest peak, organizers said Sunday.

Holly Budge, 29, plans to throw herself out from 465 feet above Everest, hurtling past it, before landing in a mountain meadow at 12,350 feet.

She plans to attempt her dive in October after taking off from an airstrip in Syangboche in the Khumbhu region of northeast Nepal, home to Mount Everest, the worlds highest peak at 8,850 meters 29,035 feet.

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One million oar strokes later Roz Savage arrives in Hawai’i

Woman rows from S.F. to Hawaii

Ninety-nine days after she rowed west beneath the Golden Gate Bridge, Roz Savage on landed Monday in a much different setting: Hawaii.

Roz savage rows by Diamond on Monday

Roz Savage rows by Diamond Head on Monday

Savage, who set out from San Francisco on May 25 in an attempt to become the first woman to row alone across the Pacific Ocean, rowed before dawn through the choppy waters of Molokai Channel off Waikiki. After daylight she was met by supporters in a boat dispatched by the Waikiki Yacht Club.

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Now if only he could convince U.S. teens…

More at Mail Online

For generations, the French have fiercely guarded their language against the horreurs anglais.

But France’s education minister yesterday admitted for the first time that the secret to success is speaking better English.

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What’s round, flaming and flies?

Bradford Telegraph and Argus

A Bradford man has described the moment he saw a UFO in the skies above his home.

Richard Ing, of Westminster Avenue, Clayton, [UK] said he watched in amazement from the balcony of his house as it passed over Bradford city centre, Clayton and off towards Denholme.

The 40-year-old printer said: “There were eight of us who saw it – four adults and four children. We are all sensible people and were amazed by what we saw. It was a massive fireball half the size of an aeroplane.”

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Complete with this unconvincing picture:

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What a way to die…

The Sun |Features

There can be few unluckier people than the lone 18-year-old occupant of a farm in Belgium who was killed by an unmanned Russian MiG fighter jet The pilot had ejected in Poland, but the aircraft flew 560 miles on auto-pilot until it ran out of fuel and crashed into the poor teenager’s home.

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There are 14 other strange ways to die listed at the link above. (PS: Would you believe getting hit in the head by your own radio controlled airplane? Or buried under peanuts?)

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