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News you can lose: Man reports dog that ran off with money to police

Quirky news items from around the world.

An Indian businessman has complained to the police that a stray dog stole a bag containing 400,000 rupees (Dh27,000).

Nakched Mian claims the dog ran into his bedroom, making off with the bag stored under the bed. About half the money was later found in the street near his house, in Gopalganj in Bihar.

Mian had planned to send it to his son, who is working in the Arabian Gulf, to buy land.

Police believe the stray may have thought the bag contained food, but say it is "out of the question" for them to press charges against the canine.

Want to be a mum? Bad?

A Harvard genetics professor claims he can recreate Neanderthal man if he can only find a woman prepared to act as a surrogate.

George Church says that he has already extracted sufficient DNA from fossil bones to allow the cloning of a foetus by adding the genome to human stem cells.

Church says that the next step would be to find an "adventurous" woman prepared to carry the baby.

Such a procedure would be illegal in most countries, but the professor insisted: "We can clone all kinds of mammals, so it's very likely that we could clone a human. Why shouldn't we be able to do so?"

Goats will be goats

After his goat ate flowers outside the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, Australia, a court has dismissed charges against the owner.

James Dezarnaulds had earlier been ordered to pay a fine of Dh1,700 after his goat, Gary, devoured the flower bed.

They ruled he had no control over the animal's eating habits and could not know that it liked flowers.

Afterward Dezarnaulds said Gary had "taught the cops a valuable lesson. Don't bite off more than you can chew."

Lance loses shelf life

After investing in 10,000 Lance Armstrong DVDs, a British businessman is now appealing for someone to take them off his hands.

Karl Baxter bought the DVDs, The Science of Lance Armstrong, before the scandal broke of Armstrong's use of drugs.

Baxter, 36, said Armstrong's admission of guilt this week effectively ended his hopes of selling the DVDs for Dh18 each and that he might now have to recycle them.

He added: "There have been rumours about Armstrong for two decades, so I didn't think it was much of a risk buying the DVDs."

Tough odds for fame

Famous people make up just 0.000086 per cent of the world's population.

According to the online magazine Wired, this represents around one in 10,000 of the population.

Wired based its calculation on counting the number of Wikipedia pages devoted to living people, coming up with a total of 604, 174. The current global population is around 7.059 billion.

Using only English-speaking people and pages, it estimates there is much higher per cent of being famous - around one in 2,000.