On Earth it is known for its good value skiing, its Black Sea resorts and its proud Slavic culture.
The boob job craze is not just confined to women who want to look more attractive - now even dogs are getting in on the action.
A search involving 100 volunteers, using night vision goggles and thermal imaging equipment, would be a Herculean undertaking if the hunt was for a missing person.
There is a time and a place for a couple to engage in steamy sex. And this was neither.
Police in Ohio say a bank robbery suspect may have eaten the evidence - after he was spotted munching a piece of paper, thought to be the note he used in the robbery, while handcuffed and lying across the bonnet of a police cruiser.
Zookeepers in the US must be feeling a bit slow - because they just discovered, after more than 50 years, that a tortoise they called Mary is actually a male.
A pregnant mother of 13 children has refused to stop having babies until she has given birth to twins.
A clown has lost his case against New York City police, after a federal jury ruled that they didn't use excessive force when they arrested him after he left a suspicious device at a coffee shop.
An interior designer in California ignored the first rule of making false disability claims: don't appear on TV shows.
Moldova's army is feeding its soldiers onions and garlic to help them ward off swine flu.
An elderly Australian man who went out to fetch a morning newspaper ended up driving more than 370 miles after getting lost and taking a wrong turn onto a major highway, police said.
It was a test of strength that would top the bill of any sporting competition. The 150-year-old, 20ft oak vs the 50tonne, 90ft crane.
Police say a low-flying pelican distracted a Bugatti supercar owner in Texas, causing him to veer off a road and drive his million-dollar sports car into a salt marsh.
If you had to pick one word that sums up the whole of 2009, what would it be? 'Recession,' perhaps? 'Collapse'? 'Despondency'?
A husband in China has left his wife after she forced him to eat cake for every meal.
A Ugandan government official has said that the bodies of people who die from drinking an illicit local gin should be caned six times before burial as an example to the living.
A team is set to drill through Antarctica's ice sheets in search of precious, valuable liquids. But it's not oil they're searching for - it's a lost cache of vintage Scotch whisky that has been on the rocks since a century ago.
Infamous part-time prostitute and blogger Belle de Jour has finally lifted the mask of her anonymity, unveiling herself as an obscure but respected research scientist in Bristol.