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Strange behaviour in 2008

2008-12-30 09:39:10 GMT2008-12-30 17:39:10 (Beijing Time)  Reuters

Looks pretty difficult and a bit painful, but this is no ordinary 5 year old Punjabi girl, no, Sudrishti is a limbo-skater and has been since she was three.

SOUNDBITE: Sudristhi, Skater, saying (Hindi): "I want to be proficient in this sport to make my parents and my school proud. I need a qualified coach who can train me properly."

Her father Sanjay Gupta said he could sense his daughter's uncanny skills early on and was determined to promote them.

SOUNDBITE: Sanjay Gupta, father of Sudristhi, saying (Hindi):

"She devotes 3 to 4 hours for her exercises and skating. We give her a balanced diet. We are making every possible effort that in the coming years the country will be proud of her."

No member of the Gupta family has taken to sports, but Sudristhi has become an inspiration for her younger brother, four-year-old Mokesh, who is also aspiring to follow in her roller skating footsteps.

Now, look at this hairdresser in Israel, how many can you count?...yes that's one, two, hmm yes ten sets of scissors he's cutting her hair with - ' Edward Scissorhands!' move over.

SOUNDBITE: Hairdresser Danny Bargil saying (Hebrew):

"(Using) ten pairs of scissors is a unique technique, with many advantages comparing to using one, two, three and seven pairs, of course. I am creating interesting lines and trends towards the year 2010."

In this small beauty salon in the Israeli desert town of Dimona, hairdresser Danny Bargil set the Guiness World Record for multi-scissor haircutting in 2001 using seven pairs- now he's trying to break his own record.

His clients may feel a bit nervous, but they're certainly game to see the outcome.

So we've had a supple skater from the Punjab and Mr scissors from Israel, but what about devotees at a Muslim shrine in Western India's Maharastra region, who throw their infants from a height of 50 feet on to a cloth sheet.

The ritual which has been going on for over five hundred years, is observed by both Muslims and Hindus every year and takes place amidst tight security.

The devotees believe that it is good for the health of their child.

Locals say everyone escaped unscathed.

Neena Dhaun, Reuters.

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