Organisers wanted to make it clear the 99th Miss America competition was not like beauty pageants of old, and their winner did just that.
A new dawn has broken in the pie-eating universe after a man from Wigan toppled the five-time World Pie Eating Champion to take the crown.
Lego has re-created the best moments of the year, as chosen by British children, with plastic bricks.
An owl has been freed after surviving a three-hour drive trapped in the grille of a car.
A thief stuffed a total of 30 bags of frozen shrimp down his trousers in the course of 15 minutes, police in the United States said.
A group of flatmates from Bristol started a “beautiful friendship” with dog Stevie Ticks after writing a plea to her owners to borrow her.
A festive surfer has been spotted hitting the waves dressed as Santa.
Animals at ZSL London Zoo have enjoyed some Christmas-themed treats, ahead of the festive season.
A Miami couple who bought a headline-grabbing banana duct-taped to a wall have acknowledged the absurdity of the artwork but said they believe it will become “iconic”.
Three otters looked right at home in the wintry weather as snow covered a zoo in the US.
A diver dressed as Father Christmas has descended into the tank at a German aquarium to offer the fish some seasonal cheer.
A deer has been saved by two modern-day cowboys who lassoed it out of a frozen lake.
Santa Paws visited London Luton, as staff held a party in honour of the 12 police dogs that work at the airport.
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A crowd of canine carollers gathered at Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin on Tuesday for the annual Peata Therapy Dog Carol Service.
A farmer in Jersey is embracing the Christmas spirit by dressing her dairy cows in festive jumpers.
Berlin Zoo’s giant panda twins have been named Meng Xiang and Meng Yuan, which translate into “desired dream” and “fulfilled dream”.
Every December celebrities and artists flock to Miami Beach in the US for the beachside instalment of Art Basel.
A snake on the outfield delayed the start of a cricket match in India.
With the end of the decade in sight, many have been perusing their most-played songs of the decade – but which song was the best-selling of the 660s? The 1440s? The 2650s BC?