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Offbeat 10 of the most unusual races in the world

15:16  05 december  2019
15:16  05 december  2019 Source:   msn.com

Alberta couple heartbroken after Earl, their pet pig, killed by intruders

  Alberta couple heartbroken after Earl, their pet pig, killed by intruders The owners of a pot-bellied pig are shocked and upset after the animal was found butchered close to four kilometres from their rural home.It's hunting season so the sound wasn't unusual to hear in the rural area where she lives in Lac Ste. Anne County. Wilson didn't see anything out of the ordinary when she looked around their property near Mayerthorpe, Alta., 120 kilometres northwest of Edmonton.

From climbing the Empire State Building to chasing a double Gloucester cheese, let’s take a look at some unique races around the world . Held in the Welsh town of Llanwrtyd Wells every June, this quirky race pits foot-runners against horseback riders over a track of 22 miles (35 kilometers).

Racing has been one of the best sources of entertainment for ages – there are so many types of racing you could certainly find the one to your liking.

a ship on the side of a building© Provided by The Canadian Press

ATHENS, Greece — A fire broke out at a luxury hotel in the Greek capital Thursday, with firefighters using ladders to help evacuate the building. At least three people were injured, authorities said.

It wasn’t immediately clear what caused the blaze at the Athenaeum Palace or how many people were inside the hotel when it broke out. The fire department said it had deployed 35 firefighters with 12 vehicles, who managed to bring the fire under partial control shortly after it broke out.

Smoke could be seen coming out of at least two side windows on the upper floors of the seven-story hotel, while an Associated Press reporter on the scene saw firefighters using a ladder to evacuate a woman in a housekeeping uniform. Authorities said the fire department evacuated a total of 20 people from the hotel.

Others came out of side entrances, some covered with blankets, and were being checked by paramedics in ambulances waiting nearby. Fire crews were going room-to-room inside the hotel to ensure nobody remained inside.

“We could smell the smoke and we got out. I don’t know what happened to the people on the higher floors,” Israeli hotel guest Tzila Cohen said. “I saw that they rescued a cleaning lady with the ladder. I hope everyone is okay.”

The Associated Press

Couple in Tamil Nadu receives ‘expensive' and unusual wedding gift… a bouquet of onions .
The couple who received the bouquet of onions got married in Cuddalore, Tamil Nadu.A couple who got married at Manjakuppam in Cuddalore, Tamil Nadu received this funny yet resourceful gift from the friends of the groom, reports The Hindu.

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