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By his own admission, David Sedaris cleans up rubbish off the streets of Sussex with naughty boys.

Pigeon racing is the sport of releasing specially trained racing pigeons, which then return to their homes over a carefully ­measured distance. It was introduced into the United States about 1875, although regular racing did not begin until 1878.

Russia has called them the R-11, R-17, and R-300 Elbrus, but most others call them "scud" missiles, based on a code name by Western intelligence agencies.

Portugal's electricity network operator announced recently that renewable energy supplied 70% of their total consumption in the first quarter of this year. Hydroelectric power supplied 37% of total electricity, and wind energy produced 27%.

Ailurophobia is the persistent, irrational fear of cats.

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