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After Typhoon, 2 Bent Mailboxes Charm Taiwan

Weird, but people are lining up for photos

(Newser) - A pair of roadside mailboxes that were uniformly bent by a falling signboard during a typhoon have become celebrities of sorts in Taiwan, drawing steady lines of people to snap photos and inspiring fan merchandise. Many Taiwanese think the public mailboxes resemble faces, and this side-by-side pair now looks especially... More »

Top 10 Hottest Heads of State

Sorry, Nobel Committee, Obama only ranks 15th

(Newser) - Barack Obama may have won a Nobel Peace Prize, and Yulia Tymoshenko has not, but there’s one thing the Ukrainian prime minister has over the president: She’s ranked No. 1 on HottestHeadsofState.com. The site offers “scientific and unbiased rankings” of world leaders’ hotness, complete with piercing... More »

100 Days of Work, Play in Photos

(Newser) - President Obama’s first 100 days have been extensively photographed by the likes of White House photographer Pete Souza, the New York Post reports. Souza tries to be “discreet,” but it might not be necessary: “You know, he’s kind of oblivious to my presence.” For... More »

First Family: Day 1

(Newser) - Guess who beat out the world's media to snag the best vantage point to film today's historic inauguration? Malia Obama not only watched her father from a front-row seat, but also brought along her camera, reports Australia's News Network. The 10-year-old and her sister, Sasha, 7, lit up the stage... More »

YouTube Opens to Developers

Expect more options for videos soon—including watching them on TiVo

(Newser) - YouTube is opening up to software developers, the company said Wednesday. Programmers can create new interfaces to play videos, for example, or let users upload clips to YouTube directly from other sites. And later this year, viewers will be able to watch YouTube videos via TiVo. The open platform won’... More »

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