At eleven years old, most American kids are finishing 5th grade and nervously anticipating middle school.

Eleven-year-old Tanishq Abraham just earned three associate degrees, an admirable accomplishment for anyone, let alone a pre-teen.

A native of Sacramento, California, Tanishq crossed the commencement stage at American River College on Wednesday to accept degrees in math, science, and language studies.

He told NBC affiliate KCRA that he wasn’t very nervous when he started taking courses at ARC, so graduating college wasn’t “much of a big thing.” On his Twitter account, he tweeted “4 yrs later-3 college degrees-Vry HAPPY.”

His mother, who put her own PhD studies on hold to homeschool Tanishq said that “even in Kindergarten, he was a few years ahead” and added “we just went from there,” as NBC Bay Area reported.

Tanishq has been a member of Mensa International, an association for people who have scored in the top two percent on an IQ test, since he was four.

When he was seven he began taking classes at ARC, which enabled him to finish his college degrees just one year after graduating from high school.

Tanishq Abraham poses for a graduation photo in this handout photo released to Reuters on June 12, 2014. The 10-year-old home-schooled California boy with presidential ambitions, who at age 4 became one of the youngest Americans admitted to the high-IQ society Mensa, has received his high school diploma, his mother said on Wednesday. REUTERS/Bijou and Taji Abraham/Handout via Reuters  (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY EDUCATION PORTRAIT) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS

Tanishq Abraham poses for a graduation photo in this handout photo released to Reuters on June 12, 2014. The 10-year-old home-schooled California boy with presidential ambitions, who at age 4 became one of the youngest Americans admitted to the high-IQ society Mensa, has received his high school diploma, his mother said on Wednesday. REUTERS/Bijou and Taji Abraham/Handout via Reuters (UNITED STATES – Tags: SOCIETY EDUCATION PORTRAIT) ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS

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Doctors found a seven cm leech growing in Xiabo Chien's throat. Source: CEN

Doctors in China have made a disturbing discovery while treating a schoolboy for a sore throat.

Xiabo Chien’s mother took her son to see a doctor in Sichuan Provence after he complained of feeling dizzy.

When the 11-year-old was examined, a seven centimeter leech was found lodged in his respiratory tract.

Xiabo had unknowingly swallowed the parasite while drinking from a bucket of water on the side of the road several weeks earlier.

His mother Xiang Tung said she was shocked when she found out why he was sick.

 “At first we thought he had flu as he said he was felling dizzy and had a sore throat,’ she told CEN.

“He hadn’t told us about the water-drinking so it never occurred to us that he may have picked up something.”

The leech was successful removed by doctors and Xiabo has since made a full recovery.

“I won’t be drinking water from a bucket again!” he said.

Source: https://sg.news.yahoo.com/leech-found-growing-schoolboys-throat-051031306.html

Although he never got his hair officially measured and acknowledged by the Guinness Book of Records, Vietnamese herbalist Tran Van Hay was known as the man with the longest hair in the world.

According to his wife, Tran hadn’t gotten a haircut in over 50 years, after getting seriously sick after cutting his hair, when he was 25 years old. And, in half a century, he only washed it a few times, the last time being 11 years ago.

Tran Van Hay died of natural causes, at the age of 79, at his home in Kien Giang province, after dedicating his life to curing people, for free. His wife, Nguyen Thi Hoa, says Tran’s personality changed completely after he stopped cutting his hair – he became inspired by the local Buddhist monks, and lived a content life, as a herbalist.

The whole story here: http://www.odditycentral.com/pics/tran-van-hay-the-man-with-the-worlds-longest-hair-dies-at-79.html

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A 116-year-old Arkansas woman who became the world’s oldest living person known to record keepers last week died Tuesday, five days after claiming her title.

Gertrude Weaver, 116, became the world’s oldest person following the death of 117-year-old Misao Okawa in Japan last Wednesday, according to Guinness World Records. Weaver died on Monday in Camden, Arkansas, of complications related to pneumonia, The Los Angeles Times reports. She was 116 years and 276 days old.

Staff at Weaver’s nursing home were preparing to celebrate Weaver’s 117th birthday in July. The centenarian had told staff she wanted President Barack Obama to attend as she had voted for him twice, the Associated Press reports.

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In 2013, Okawa, from Osaka, Japan, was declared the world’s oldest living person by the Guinness Book of World Records. Last month, the world’s press covered Okawa’s 117th birthday, during which she said her long life had “seemed rather short.” She died of heart failure.

Weaver, the daughter of sharecroppers, was born on July 4, 1898 in Texarkana, Arkansas. She married in 1915 and had four children with her husband before he died in 1969. Her only surviving son, Joe, is 94 years old. Weaver’s secrets to longevity were using a lot of moisturizer, treating people kindly, loving her neighbors and eating home cooking, not fast food, according to Camden Mayor Marie Trisollini.

When she was named the world’s oldest woman by Guinness on April 1, Weaver celebrated by getting a pink manicure and taking questions from reporters in her nursing home.

Guinness issued a statement on Tuesday saying they were saddened to hear of Weaver’s passing and are “currently investigating and verifying a potential successors for the oldest woman living title and will announce the new title holder in due course.”

The Los Angeles Times reported that the oldest person in the world is now believed to be 115-year-old Jeralean Talley, who lives in the Detroit suburb of Inkster, Michigan.

source: http://www.newsweek.com/gertrude-weaver-dies-five-days-after-becoming-worlds-oldest-person-320509

Some 10,000 workers have been toiling away at impressive sculptures made out of ice and snow for the 30th Harbin Ice and Snow Festival in China. The remarkable structures, which are incredibly detailed with windows, turrets and domes, need about 330,000 cubic metres of snow and ice to build. The annual festival in north-eastern China is due to open to tourists on January 4.

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What this amazing father decided to build for his daughter will put a huge smile on your face. He build her her very own castle bed, complete with a bunch of neat features like a slide, a computer desk area fitted with its own desk lamp, bookshelves and of course, a layer of pink paint (which she picked for herself).

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A Chinese man divorced and then sued his ex-wife for giving birth to what he called an extremely ugly baby girl, the Irish Times reported.

Initially, Jian Feng accused his wife of infidelity, so sure that he could never father an unattractive child.

When a DNA test proved that the baby was his, Feng’s wife came clean on a little secret — before they met, she had undergone about $100,000 worth of cosmetic surgery in South Korea.

Feng sued his ex-wife on the grounds of false pretenses, for not telling him about the plastic surgery and duping him into thinking she was beautiful, The Huffington Post reported.

The kicker? He won. A judge agreed with Feng’s argument and ordered his ex-wife to fork over $120,000.

“I married my wife out of love, but as soon as we had our first daughter, we began having marital issues,” he told the Irish Times. “Our daughter was incredibly ugly, to the point where it horrified me.”

Source: http://cocoafab.com/man-sues-wife-over-ugly-children