The Titanic II, the brainchild of wealthy Australian businessman and politician Clive Palmer, who owns Blue Star Line, will launch in 2018. These captivating side-by-side images show how the planned Titanic II will stick to the incredible detail of the original ship that sank in the Atlantic Ocean more than 100 years ago. The Titanic replica will be toned down in comparison and stay true to its namesake with a small swimming pool, Turkish baths and an Edwardian gym. Like the "unsinkable" original it will have first, second and third class cabins and dining rooms, and the grand staircase, smoking room, Cafe Parisien and Marconi Room will be recreated almost to the exact detail based on renderings produced by the Brisbane-based cruise line. In terms of modern technology in guest rooms or public areas, there is not a TV in sight in the computer-generated images. However, the renderings do show a helipad on the aft deck -- a feature that the original Titanic did not have. read more
An analysis into whether the Quran is more violent than the Bible found killing and destruction occur more frequently in the Christian texts than the Islamic.
Investigating whether the Quran really is more violent than its Judeo-Christian counterparts, software engineer Tom Anderson processed the text of the Holy books to find which contained the most violence. read more
A Jupiter, Florida, man threw a live alligator through a drive-thru window at a Wendy's restaurant in Royal Palm Beach, according to a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission incident report. The gator toss occurred in October and led to charges this week. Joshua James, 23, pulled up for his order and after a server wasn't looking tossed the 3.5-foot gator through the window as a prank. He faces charges of aggravated assault and unlawful possession and transportation of an alligator. On Tuesday a judge ordered James to stay out of all Wendy's restaurants, avoid contact with any animals other than his mother's dog and undergo a mental health evaluation. read more
A mother in the US who advertised on the internet for men willing to pay to rape her six-year-old daughter has been sentenced to 26 years in jail.
The woman, 35, and her husband, 57, trawled Craigslist, a popular classifieds website, to solicit customers to come to their home in Marysville, Washington, and sexually abuse the girl. read more
When North Korea conducted its fourth underground nuclear test in early January this year, South Korea responded by sending balloons carrying propaganda across the border.
However, little did South Koreans know that it would take the propaganda warfare to an unprecedented level. Within a week, the North responded by floating balloons into the South filled with used toilet paper, cigarette butts, and propaganda messages.
The balloons fitted with a timer and a small explosive device are designed to drop their payload in the South and spread crude propaganda messages. read more