A $2.7 million rocket developed by a maverick Japanese entrepreneur exploded shortly after liftoff on Saturday.
Interstellar Technologies, founded by popular internet service provider Livedoor's creator Takafumi Horie, launched the unmanned rocket, MOMO-2, at around 5:30 am (2030 GMT Friday) from a test site in Taiki, southern Hokkaido.
The rocket crash was a major blow to the convicted fraudster's bid to send Japan's first privately backed rocket into space. His first MOMO rocket launch last year also ended in failure.
An expectant dad took a nasty spill at a gender reveal party in Somerset, New Jersey. Chris Ojeda, the 34-year-old father-to-be, broke his ankle after kicking a football filled with exploding pink paint.
THEY love drinking blood, hate sunshine - and are very kinky.
Meet the young married couple who by night transform into the “vampire king and queen of Austin, Texas”, where they are the appointed leaders of a group of 60 self-professed vampires.
Every month the Vampire Court of Austin meets at their private members club - a fetish venue about 15 minutes from central Austin where they hold an official court meeting before relaxing with a drink or a little BDSM on their sex floor.
Married couple Logan and Daly South founded the court around six years ago to provide a “safe haven” for all the city’s “awakened vampires” and “otherkin” which includes “werewolves, fairies and people who identify with animal spirits”.
They advise members - who include security guards, property managers, ex-military and actors - on how to drink blood safely and shield themselves from “psychic attacks”.
These psychic attacks are launched by so-called “Energy Vampires” who feed off people's positive energy in order to boost their own.
It is said you can tell if you're suffering an attack by the way you feel when you're around them - sometimes a sudden nausea or stomach ache or stabbing pains around the back, chest and shoulders.
But these aren’t just a group of role players - the members of the court truly believe that if they do not feed - or they spend too long in the sun - they will become ill or even die.
And Austin’s vampires are not alone - one census estimated there were 50,000 “vampires” in the US at last count.
This is the shocking moment a car prank goes wrong as a man falls backwards out of the passenger's window. Noah Kindl was hanging at the handgrip as the car was running at 55mph on a road in Pennsylvania.
Dozens of people climbing on top of a truck to see the ‘Scarlet Sails’ fireworks display in Saint Petersburg caused the vehicle’s roof to collapse under their weight, as shown in footage filmed by an eyewitness on Saturday evening.