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Watercooler Stories – May 9, 2012 – UPI.com

Chinese shrub may be world’s largest NANNING, China, May 9 (UPI) — Officials at a Chinese university said they believe a 100-foot-high purple bougainvillea plant attached to a school building may be the world’s largest. Guangxi University officials in Nanning said the shrub was planted 10 years ago and his …

Hugo Chavez’ 5 weirdest moments

Yesterday, Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez accused the US of hatching a ‘cancer plot’ against Latin American leaders. Here, we round up five more of his most outlandish statements. 1. George W. Bush is ‘the devil’ In 2006, following Bush’s address to the United Nations, Chavez called the former US president …

BBC News – Social-web wave hits emerging Asia

As the emerging economies of Asia come online in earnest, the web’s ability to bring people together is proving its most appealing aspect. Whether they are raising a voice of opposition in the Singapore elections, organising rallies against corruption in India or helping victims of the earthquake in Japan locate …