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  • Man fakes own death, then proposes

    You love your girlfriend. You want to propose. But how can you be sure that she really loves you? One extreme way to find out (that we don't recommend): Fake your own death in front of the girlfriend and then see if she is suitably devastated by your demise.

    Bold? Yes. Illegal? Maybe. Did it actually happen and did she really say "yes"? Yep and yep.

    Irena Kolokov and Alexey Bykov (EuroPics[CEN])Irena Kolokov with Alexey Bykov, who faked his own death (EuroPics/CEN)

    A romantic (and possibly a bit insecure) Russian man faked his own death with an elaborate setup that involved stunt men, actors, make-up artists, and a bogus car crash all in order to see how his girlfriend would react to the (fabricated) news that he had died. It was a crazy ruse and could have gone wrong in about a million different ways. Fortunately, everything turned out for the best.

    Alexey Bykov, 30, arranged to meet his girlfriend, Irena Kolokov, at the crash site. She arrived and saw chaos. There was a smoking car, an ambulance, and an actor dressed as a paramedic. According to the U.K.'s Orange, Kolokov said, "When I saw Alexey

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  • The world's largest cheeseburger on display (Black Bear Casino/AP)

    A Minnesota casino has created one for the record books: a bacon cheeseburger that is 10 feet in diameter and weighs over one ton.

    And Guinness Records representative Philip Robertson said the enormous burger is more than simply a gimmick.

    "What I saw today was a feat of remarkable teamwork that resulted in a world record burger that actually tastes really good," Robertson said in a news release.

    Together, the burger, bun and toppings weighed in at 2,014 pounds, shattering the previous record of 881 pounds, according to the Duluth News Tribune.

    Chefs at the Black Bear Casino Resort spent four hours creating the statistical monstrosity that included 60 pounds of bacon, 50 pounds of lettuce, 50 pounds of sliced onions, 40 pounds of pickles, and 40 pounds of cheese. The bun alone took another seven hours to bake.

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  • After 25 missions to space, the shuttle Endeavor has an issue with trees for its final trek.

    About 400 trees will be removed to get the retired space vehicle from Los Angeles International Airport to it's final home at the California Science Center, where it will be on display, the Los Angeles Times reports.

    The circuitous 12-mile route, dubbed Mission 26, avoids overpasses that the five-story-high and 78-foot-wide Endeavour would not be able to travel through.

    The slow, steady, 2-day route takes the shuttle perched atop a NASA transporter through South L.A.

    Trees that interfere with the shuttle will have to be removed, and some residents are upset.

    "They are cutting down these really big, majestic trees," Lark Galloway-Gilliam, a longtime resident and neighborhood council director told the L.A. Times. "It will be beyond my lifetime before they will be tall like this again."

    The California Science Center said they would replant twice as many trees along the route, to replace those

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  • Sri Lanka hammer England as Pakistan falter at ICC World Cup
    Sri Lanka hammer England as Pakistan falter at ICC World Cup

    England's hopes of reaching the quarter-finals were left hanging by a thread as Sri Lanka inflicted their third crushing defeat of the World Cup on Sunday, while Pakistan began a salvage operation with a tense 20-run win over Zimbabwe. Sri Lanka cruised to a seemingly stiff target of 310 for the loss of just one wicket with 16 balls to spare as Lahiru Thirimanne (139 not out), and Kumar Sangakkara (117 not out) shared an unbroken second-wicket partnership of 212 in Wellington. Yet Sangakkara insisted he still planned to retire from white-ball cricket after the World Cup as he was "getting old". "Everything I tried came off," he said after a win that left 1996 champions Sri Lanka, losing finalists at the last two World Cups, on course for the last eight.

  • Harrington grabs lead at storm-struck PGA event
    Harrington grabs lead at storm-struck PGA event

    Ireland's Padraig Harrington completed a four-under par 66 Saturday to seize a one-stroke lead over American Patrick Reed after the second round of the storm-hit US PGA Tour's Honda Classic. Thunderstorms on Friday pushed the conclusion of the second round to Saturday morning and they returned Saturday afternoon to swamp the course at PGA National, wiping out play early. Harrington, a three-time major champion who has slid to 297th in the world rankings, could have enjoyed a larger margin but a bogey-bogey finish left him on seven-under 133 after 36 holes. "At times I get lost and distracted from the process," Harrington said.

  • Soccer-La Liga results and standings

    March 1 (Infostrada Sports) - Results and standings from the La Liga matches on Sunday Sunday, March 1Eibar 0 Athletic Club 1 Real Madrid 1 Villarreal 1 Sevilla 0 Atletico Madrid 0 Valencia 2 Real Sociedad 0 Saturday, February 28Granada CF 1 Barcelona 3 Malaga 3 Getafe 2 Rayo Vallecano 4 Levante 2 Almeria 0 Deportivo Coruna 0 Friday, February 27Espanyol 1 Cordoba 0 Standings P W D L F A Pts 1 Real Madrid 25 20 1 4 75 23 61 2 Barcelona 25 19 2 4 70 15 59 3 Atletico Madrid 25 17 3 5 50 22 54 -------------------------4 Valencia 25 16 5 4 45 21 53 -------------------------5 Sevilla 25 14 4 7 42 30 ...

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