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Rare Princess Diana Photo to Be Auctioned Off
A rare photo of a teenage Princess Diana lying in bed, with a young man seated behind her and a bottle of Johnnie Walker sitting on the windowsill, is up for sale. The photo, stamped February 1981 on the back, has the words “Not to be published” circled on it. It is believed that the photo has never been seen by the public until now. The minimum bid is $200. There has been no word yet on the identity of the young man in the photo.
Christmas Trees Fed to Berlin Zoo Animals
It’s a Christmas feast for elephants at the Berlin Zoo. Local tree sellers donated unsold trees to be fed to the elephants and some other animals at the zoo. Elephant keeper Ragnar Kuehne told The Associated Press that it did not accept trees from the public and that the elephants preferred fresh and juicy ones from cold outdoor markets.
A twisting and turning solar eruption gracefully rose up from the surface of the sun on Dec. 31, 2012. The eruption extended about 160,000 miles out from the sun. The plasma was pushed by magnetic forces but wasn’t sufficient enough to overcome the sun’s gravity so it fell back into the sun. NASA considered this a minor eruption.
Chinese Rush to Marry on ‘Love Your Forever’ Day
In Mandarin, pronouncing Jan. 4, 2013 sounds like “I will love you all my life.” Thousands of couples in China lined up at registry offices across the country to tie the knot, hoping the lucky day would bring them eternal romance. The day has been nicknamed, “Love you forever day.”