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Teen Falls Into a Coma After Friend Squeezes His Testicles

A 17-year-old male is now in coma after suffering a heart attack when a friend jokingly squeezed his testicles. Dr. Irwin Goldstein—urologist and San Diego Sexual Medicine's director—says it's very possible to have a heart attack because the trauma can release a huge amount of adrenalin. Read More >>

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Pen Shortage Causing Slagging Matches at Irish Police Station

It has been kicking off in the Henry Street garda station in Limerick, where a shortage of pens behind the counter has led to angry encounters with members of the public. Local police are turning people away and asking them to return with their own pens to sign paperwork, which is causing angry low-grade criminals to get even angrier. Read More >>

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Street Artist Takes Over Derelict Petrol Station with Brilliant Results

If you've ever wondered what it would be like to live in cartoon, consider visiting Limerick, Ireland—where a street artist recently turned a broken down petrol station into a full-fledged colour party. Read More >>

architecture
Ireland Is Tearing Down Thousands of Empty, Brand New "Ghost Homes"

Phoenix, Madrid, even Astana: These are the cities we tend to hold up as examples of the havoc that construction booms and busts, can wreak on a housing market. Ireland is in the news less, but its situation is just as dire; an estimated 300,000 brand new Irish homes have sat empty for years. And now the government is demolishing them. Read More >>

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Ireland Wants to Close Super-Corporation Tax Loophole, as Exploited by Apple

Apple's tax affairs might be about to get a little more complicated, thanks to the Irish government attempting to shut one of the more common tax avoidance schemes used by wealthy companies. Read More >>

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Google Supergrass Has "Proof" of Company's Dodgy Irish Tax Avoidance Schemes

A former Google UK salesman claims to have a massive stash of around 100,000 emails sent and received during his time at the company, which supposedly prove the tech giant has been fiddling its tax returns to artificially lower its stated UK earnings. Read More >>

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Irish Priests Admit Film Piracy at Video Shop Confessional

An Irish monastery has been having illegal DVD screener download film parties, with one priest confessing all to his local video shop owner. Read More >>

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Ireland Somehow Decides That Drink-Driving Is OK Now

It's taken many years and thousands of horrific TV ads, but I think we've finally got to a place where drink-driving has been well and truly demonised. Not so in Ireland -- they're actually going the other way, and want to make it ok to go for a spin after you've had "two or three drinks". Read More >>

architecture
Ireland Has the Coolest Looking Water Towers

You typically don't think of water towers as being a particularly interesting outlet for architectural design, but that's not always the case. Photographer Jamie Young has been documenting the water towers of Ireland, and they are awesome. Read More >>

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EE In Irish 4GEE-Branding Gaff of Filthy Proportions

Oh dear, it's a good job EE hasn't launched it's '4GEE' network in Ireland yet, because, well, it's a bit of a branding disaster over there. Apparently 'gee' translates to something very different, and unmentionable, in Ireland; you certainly wouldn't want that all over your phone, that's for sure. Read More >>

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Facebook Turns Off Facial Recognition Software In the EU

Had a good few too many on a night out and one of your friends is a snap-happy, camera-toting madman? Fingers crossed that they don't tag you, but if they do, have no worries about some of those drunken untagged photos of you popping up in the Tag Suggest feature on Facebook, as the social networking giant's facial recognition software is soon to be switched off in the European Union due to privacy concerns. Read More >>

wtf
That Samsung Galaxy S III Didn't Explode, It Was Microwaved

Last month we saw pictures of a brand new Samsung Galaxy S III that supposedly exploded while sitting in a car dash-mount. Turns out, some chap actually got the thing wet and decided it was a fantastic idea to stick it in the microwave to try and dry it out. Genius. Read More >>

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Starbucks Balls-Up Confuses Ireland For Britain In Jubilee Twitter Gaffe

Starbucks has been facing a right old Twitter storm after confusing its Irish followers for Brits -- a cardinal sin in the eyes of the Republic -- asking them whether they were "proud to be British". Read More >>

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Is Apple Another UK Tax Dodger?

According to reports, Apple might be skipping out on tax in Britain, dodging it using offshore subsidiaries based in Ireland and the British Virgin Islands. It apparently paid just £10.3m in 2010 in tax despite sales totalling to an estimated £6bn in the UK just when the government needs as much tax as it can get its hands on. Read More >>

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Baby the Elephant Takes a Quick Jaunt Through a Town Centre Fleeing From Her Bath Time

Everyone knows kids loathe getting washed – what’s wrong with being all covered in mud, eh? It seems Baby the elephant hates showers too; the spritely 2.5 tonne beast sprinted off through a Costa car park onto the town centre of Ireland's Blackpool, after her circus handlers attempted to give her a scrub down. Read More >>

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Make Awesome Jelly Shots Your Liver Will Hate for St. Patrick's Day

For some reason, we humans love to make solid foods liquid, and liquid foods solid. Key Lime Pie Martini? White Russian Ice Cream? I rest my case. Today, in honour of St. Paddy's Day, we're taking three Irish liquids, and making them into one awesome solid. Read More >>

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