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  1. Accio Time-Turner: Colleges Now Offer “Study Harry Potter Abroad” Courses

    Sallie Mae Owl, this is literally the worst time.

    Did your Hogwarts Acceptance Letter get lost in the post? Did you drop out of school to pursue your Quidditch dreams, only to have your career cut short by a difficult bout of dragon pox? There's still hope!

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  2. British Inventor Builds Giant Fart Machine, Will Point It at France

    Technically it's a pulse jet, but let's call a fart machine a fart machine.

    British inventor Colin Furze is building a gigantic fart machine and fake butt to put it behind so that he can point it at France. Why? I've reached out in an email asking exactly that, but have not had a response yet. For now let's just work under the assumption that it's because farts are funny, so giant farts should be even funnier.

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  3. Church of England May Soon Allow Female Bishops

    Stain glassed ceilings, your end is nigh.

    This Monday the Church of England's General Synod may pass a vote which would see the Church welcome its first female bishops by the end of the year--possible progress that Queen Elizabeth's Chaplain Rose Hudson-Wilkin says would be "seismic."

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  4. Attention, America: The UK Has Our Sperm

    Sure, they're strong. But are they "swim the Atlantic Ocean" strong?

    If you're an American man with surplus swimmers and a cash deficit, you may be pleased to know that the sperm shortage in the UK is being tackled hands-on by many Americans--but not everyone thinks that's a good idea.

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  5. Screening of Noah Cancelled After Theater Floods

    I cannot think of A Passion of the Christ equivalent for this, and that's probably a good thing.

    Patrons of the Vue Cinema in Exeter, England were unfortunately unable to catch the first screening of Noah last Friday. But divine intervention (or a broken ice machine) still gave them plenty to talk about.

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  6. One of Queen’s Swans Found BBQed Near Windsor Castle in England

    In other news, I might be psychic.

    You ever tell somebody a weird piece of trivia you know only to have it become a weirdly viral piece of news the next day? Because yesterday in an editorial meeting I happened to mention that it's illegal to eat a swan in England because they're all technically property of the Queen, and now we're finding out that somebody tried to do just that.

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  7. Here’s What the Queen of England Would Have Said if WWIII Had Begun in 1983

    Hey, I bet we can probably repurpose this thing for a zombie apocalypse if that ever happens.

    While we now remember the 1980s through the lens of Internet nostalgia pieces and Cheers reruns, it was actually a pretty harrowing time to be alive -- but it could have been a lot worse, apparently. Speeches written for the Queen Elizabeth II in the event of a potential World War III have surfaced, and they make for surreal, terrifying reading.

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  8. Jane Austen to Appear on British Currency

    Not all that glitters is gold

    The Bank of England announced today that Jane Austen will be replacing Charles Darwin on the £10 note, making her the third woman to ever appear on British currency (other than a member of the royal family, naturally), behind Florence Nightingale and Elizabeth Fry. She's also the third artist (unless Wikipedia is steering me wrong), behind composer Edward Elgar and the Bard himself. This comes after protests that with the replacement of Elizabeth Fry with Winston Churchill, the only woman depicted on British banknotes would be the Queen. The bill also includes a quote from Pride and Prejudice, but I can imagine that it was difficult to resist making it "money is the best recipe for happiness." Previously in Jane Austen

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  9. Yes, Alan Turing Deserves a Pardon, But Not Because He Was a National Hero

    Pardoning Alan Turing is a nice thought, but it runs the risk of sending the wrong message -- that thousands of other men who suffered his same fate in Britain deserved it.

    There's a new movement gaining steam in England to officially pardon British cryptographer and godfather of modern computer science Alan Turing, and it appears likely that this one will finally end in a formal pardon. Now, ordinarily, we'd be all for that, but for one fact. If Turing is issued an official pardon, it will be for the wrong reasons, and runs the risk of ignoring why he actually deserves an apology from his government -- and why many other Britons who were similarly affected by a bad law deserve the same.

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  10. This Dragon Skull on an English Beach is the Best of All Possible Game of Thrones Promotions

    The skull was placed on a beach in Charmouth, England. Get it? Charmouth? Dragons? It works on so many levels!

    Props to U.K. streaming video service Blinkbox for knowing exactly how to celebrate the arrival of season 3 of Game of Thrones on their service -- by leaving a huge dragon skull on an English beach. While that's clearly a great reason, we don't know why people don't do this sort of thing more often. It's not like there's a bad reason to leave a giant dragon skull on the beach. Keep reading for another image that drives home the sheer size of this beast.

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