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On Friday night at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, a baby boy was born — the first in a 62-hour streak that turned the maternity ward into a boys club. In total, 19 boys were born in a row before a girl was finally delivered Monday morning.
Red algae has caused water at several Australian beaches to turn blood red. Though the algae isn’t toxic, people were asked to avoid swimming in the affected water because it can cause skin irritation.
Score One for the Onion
The People’s Daily, the newspaper of China’s Communist Party, thought the Onion’s satirical article naming North Korean leader Kim Jong Un “Sexiest Man Alive for the year 2012″ was genuine and wrote a story about his accomplishment.
Empire State of Mind
“I’m so excited to unveil the new tower lights that are going to illuminate the city below like never before—shining bright with inspiration,” Alicia Keys said before she flipped the switch that started the show, according to Gothamist. On Monday night, the Empire State Building put on its first light show and set the inaugural spectacle to Keys’ music.