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Around The Weird: Bizarre News Briefs

BERN, Switzerland (Wireless Flash) -- A professional soccer player from Switzerland has lost his finger after celebrating a goal a little too enthusiastically. The "Guardian" reports that Paulo Diogo severed the top two joints in his left ring finger and was forced to have the digit amputated after catching his wedding ring on a metal barrier that he jumped on while celebrating the team's third goal in a 4-1 win.

BEJING -- Callers of a suicide hotline in China are being told to wait. The "China Daily" newspaper reports that nine out of 10 callers to the Bejing Suicide Research and Prevention Center's hotline have received a busy signal since it started last year. A shortage of funds is being blamed for the hotline problems. Experts estimate four people commit suicide every minute in China.

DENVER, Colo. -- The library system in Douglas County, Colorado, is using dogs to get kids to read. As part of a new program called Bark for Books, kids get to read aloud to canines to hone their literacy skills. A spokeswoman for the program tells "The Denver Post," "We're finding that even kids who have trouble reading love reading to a dog."

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