Search for love online
The question "what is love?" has perplexed Britons in 2012, according to research by Google.
It compared the "what is" queries from this year with 2011 and found that "what is love?" had the most amount of traffic in 2012. Love was followed by iCloud, 3G and Scientology.
Smashing festive treat
A holiday tradition in the upstate New York resort town of Saratoga Springs has a peppermint twist: pig-shaped hard candies are sold with little metal hammers to be smashed at Christmas.
Mike Fitzgerald, who owns Saratoga Sweets, will make about 130,000 of the pigs, which are considered good luck charms by some.
N Korea rocket plans
North Korea is pressing ahead with preparation for a long-range rocket launch after extending its lift-off window by another week because of technical problems.
A spokesman for the North's Korean Committee of Space Technology told state media that scientists found a "technical deficiency in the first-stage control engine module of the rocket".
Pet death notices
Grieving pet owners in Singapore can soon share their feelings about furred family members via obituaries in the city-state's largest newspaper.
The 'Straits Times' has introduced a pets section to allow pet owners to publish goodbye messages to their favourite furry friends.
Century-old US facts
Women have long been known to live longer than men, but when it comes to hitting the century mark the difference is stark: just two out of 10 Americans who live to 100 or longer are male.
Of the 53,364 Americans age 100 and older, more than 80pc are women, a US Census Bureau report has showed.
Apple maps can bite
Australian police have warned travellers off using Apple's troubled iPhone mapping software after several motorists became stuck in a snake-infested desert corner of the country.
Police in south-east Victoria said they had been forced to rescue a number of motorists who had become stuck after being directed to the arid Murray Sunset National Park, instead of the town of Mildura, 70km away.