Wednesday, 12. March 2014
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Temple staff in southern China are bard stiff after having to listen to the same ancient poem more than 6,000 times when a promotion stunt went wrong.
Officials at the Yueyang Tower in Hunan province had declared that anyone who could recite the lengthy 1,000-year-old ode about the site from memory could get in for free.
"We'd expected a few hundred people to try it, but we were overwhelmed," said one official.
"It is a lovely, inspiring poem but after hearing it a few thousand times it begins to lose a bit of its charm," they added.
Visitors - who would normally be charged 8 GBP to get into the pavilion - queued round the block to recite the poem, created by an 11th century writer as a tribute to the tower's beauty.
"We all learn this poem in school so it's just a question of stretching your memory to save quite a bit of money," said one.
Arnie pal facing manslaughter over teens death
Austrian celebrity body builder Manfred Hoeberl who was twice voted the world's strongest man and is a friend of Arnold Schwarzenegger is facing jail after a hit-and-run car accident that left a teenager dead in Germany.
Culture minister fires Burgtheatre boss
The director of Vienna's Burgtheater is taking legal action after Culture Minister Josef Ostermayer sacked him for financial incompetence.
Leaking tanker causes Milky Way
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Matthias Mayer wins World Cup downhill ski race
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Tax evasion to the tune of 5.9 billion Euros
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Amy Winehouse exhibition in Vienna
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Task force recommends wind-down vehicle for Hypo
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American youth orchestras play free concerts in Austria
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