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Real-Life Rapunzel To Chop Her Hair

Rapunzel, Rapunzel isn’t just letting down her hair — she’s chopping it off for the first time in her life. Natasha Moraes de Andrade, 12, has the fairy-tale nickname because her hair is 5 feet, 2 inches long. That’s less than two inches shorter than her body, the Sun reports.

The Brazilian pre-teen has never had a haircut. But the arduous task of brushing for an hour and a half each day and a $600 yearly shampoo bill have led Moraes de Andrade to finally agree to trim her locks. Read more…

Deborah Roach, One-Armed Pole Dancer, Wins International Championship

At last week’s International Pole Championship in Hong Kong, Australia’s Deborah Roach out-maneuvered her competitors to win first place in her division — with the aid of only one arm.

The championships focus on “pole art,” which emphasizes the fitness and creativity components of pole routines, the International Business Times reported. Read more…

Accused Bra Bandits Allegedly Stole Hundreds Of Undergarments From Victoria’s Secret

Police in Florida have arrested two women they say stole thousands of dollar’s worth of bras from Victoria’s Secret stores in Boca Raton and Boynton Beach.

Tysheka Pink, 29, of Miami, has been charged with two counts of grand theft and one count of organized scheme to defraud. Katina Summerset, 39, of Florida City, was charged with grand theft.

According to the Boca Raton Police Department, investigators have been searching for the “brassiere bandits” for several months. One of the most recent incidents occurred on Jan. 20, when a woman distracted a clerk at a Victoria’s Secret in Boca Raton while her accomplices stole over $3,000 in bras. Read more…

Tokyo’s Cat Cafes Threatened By Changes To Japan’s Animal Protection Law

Times are looking tough for Tokyo’s cat cafes, where feline aficionados can drop in for tea and some time with a cat.

At most such establishments, it’s the post-work rush that brings in the most cash, with tired and harried professionals dropping by on their way homes to pet and play with the animals as a way of relieving stress.

But now the purrs of delight may be getting quieter. Read more…

Hank For Senate: Cat Runs For Office In Virginia

The race for a Senate seat from Virginia may evolve into a cat fight now that one Springfield resident has tossed his collar into the ring.

Hank may not be the typical political animal: he has spent time on the streets; he’s never voted; and he really doesn’t seem to like wearing clothes to do his best work.

That’s right, former Virginia Govs. George Allen (R) and Tim Kaine (D) now face a feline foe. Hank’s a former street cat and political independent who advocates a job creation platform and “milk in every bowl.”According to his Twitter account, Hank is also passionate about the creation of a Privacy Bill of Rights and the protection of consumer data. Read more…

Contest Addict Reveals Her Winning Secrets

By her own account, 37-year-old graphic designer Di Coke is a winner — and the record backs her claim.

Coke, who lives in Nottingham, England, with her 38-year-old husband, Rob, is obsessed with winning contests and has done pretty well for herself. In the last 13 years, she’s won more than $284,000 worth of prizes, including more than $50,000 in cash, a pink VW beetle worth around $19,000 and more than 30 vacations to places like Brazil, Antigua, Japan, New Zealand, Switzerland and New York, according to Express.co.uk. Di even won her father’s weight in chocolate once. Read more…

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