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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan recently brought his family and cabinet to Mogadishu, possibly because he got a smokin' travel deal online, but probably to project Turkey's rising stature as a regional power broker, and to show that it actually is possible to travel to that city.
A whopping 43 of Japan's 54 nuclear reactors remain idle, forcing the country to practice setsuden, a very neat Japanese phrase for conserving energy.
Last year, a man sprung 40 mousetraps on his tongue to make the Guinness Book of World Records 2012, a reminder that in a celebrity-driven tabloid world, regular people are still crazy too.
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