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  • Harry Black has won an amazing double jackpot worth $31M. (British Columbia Lottery)

    Harry Black won an incredible $31.7 million in the lottery. But the way he accomplished it is even more amazing.

    As the BBC reports, Black, from British Columbia, won the money thanks to his purchasing two tickets with identical numbers.

    "This is a wonderful surprise to all of us," said Kevin Gass of the British Columbia Lottery. "While it's not known how many people buy identical tickets for a draw, it is the first time in the company's recollection that we've had this unique sort of win."

    The $63 million jackpot was ultimately split four ways. Meaning that if Black had used his winning numbers on just one ticket, the jackpot would have been split three ways and he would have walked away with a still whopping $20 million.

    Black, 66, is not only a huge lottery winner, he's also patient. The Surrey resident has been playing the same lottery numbers since he was 31—which means he waited 35 years for his enormous payday.

    Black said he has always purchased two tickets with the same

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  • Graduation (Thinkstock)

    Skipping out on a class required for graduation is the kind of thing you’d expect from a slumping senior, but not the high school itself.

    Students at a high school in Gothenburg, Sweden, were outraged to learn that their school “forgot” to teach them a required religion class—days before the students were about to graduate, according to

    Principal Christel Berver of the publicly financed, privately run, free high school said it was all a big misunderstanding. "When you read the law, it can be interpreted that you can switch religion with social science," she told the Local.

    It turned out she was wrong—which some of the students had suspected.

    "The last two years I've wondered, 'Aren't we supposed to have religion?'" said student Patricia Kjellby to the Local, who now worries that she won't be able to wear the white graduation cap.

    The seniors have been given two choices: Use the few days before graduation to make up the work. Or, accept a failing grade and take the class next

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  • (NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service)

    It would seem to be something you'd see only in a cartoon or at a Phish concert, but according to park rangers in New South Wales, Australia, dozens of giant, fluorescent pink slugs have been popping up on a mountaintop there.

    "As bright pink as you can imagine, that's how pink they are," Michael Murphy, a ranger with the National Parks and Wildlife Service, told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. "On a good morning, you can walk around and see hundreds of them."

    The eight-inch creatures have been spotted only on Mount Kaputar, a 5,000-foot peak in the Nandewar Range in northern New South Wales.

    Scientists believe the eye-catching organisms are survivors from an era when Australia was home to rainforests. A series of volcanoes, millions of years of erosion and other geological changes "have carved a dramatic landscape at Mount Kaputar," the park service wrote on its Facebook page, and unique arid conditions spared the slugs from extinction.

    They "probably would have long since

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