It has been 21 years since the first text message was sent from a computer to an Orbitel 901 mobile phone.
Website Babycentre.co.uk has published a list of the most popular baby names over the last twelve months.
A former rescue dog has been crowned the pet slimming champion of the year after shedding a third of her bodyweight.
A bird turned aerial cameraman when it snatched a video camera which was recording crocodiles in northwest Australia
The feathered filmographer captured fascinating footage of its 110-kilometre (70-mile) journey across the country's remote landscape.
The bird's flapping wings can be seen as it grabs the device and takes off with the sea eagle later poking its face into the camera lens.
Wildlife rangers in Western Australia's Kimberly region set up the motion-sensor camera along the Margaret River in May, hoping to record images of crocodiles.
The camera disappeared soon after and the rangers believed it had fallen into the water until it was found near the Mary River, about 110 kilometres (70 miles) away.
When they examined the footage inside, the real culprit was revealed.
The rangers will bolt down their cameras from now on, the ranger said.
Psychologists have come up with what may be the world's most frustrating tongue twister.
It may not make much sense, but the phrase "pad kid poured curd pulled cold" completely defeated volunteers taking part in a US speech study.
Asked to repeat the phrase 10 times at a fast lick, many of the participants clammed up and stopped talking altogether, according to lead researcher Dr Stefanie Shattuck-Hufnagel, from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston.
She said: "If anyone can say this 10 times quickly, they get a prize."
The tongue twister study, presented at the annual meeting of the Acoustical Society of America in San Francisco, was conducted to shed light on the brain's speech-planning processes.
Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards has told ITV News he is "amazed" to be coming out of ski-jumping retirement.
"It's been 17 years since I put my jumping skis in my attic and I never thought I would ever use them again," he said.
But the Westcountry plasterer explained he had been approached by a company who would train and sponsor him to jump at an event on New Year's Day.
Eddie is insisting on using his old gear - made of leather, it requires dubbin wax to get rid of two decades of stiffening.
"I'd rather use the kit that I know and love and I'm used to, because trying to get used to new kit as well as going jumping as well might be a little bit too much," he said.
Pope Francis has revealed that he worked as a nightclub bouncer in Buenos Aires when he was a student.
The 76-year-old Argentine pontiff also spoke of his experiences of working in a laboratory and sweeping floors during a visit to a church in Rome.
The revelation that the Pope worked as a bouncer comes after a book looking at his personal life was published.
Francis: Life and Revolution claimed that the pontiff makes a "fantastic paella", used to tango dance as a teenager in the hope of meeting girls and starts his day with a cup of "maté" - a caffeine-rich South American drink.
Bungling Ukip politician Godfrey Bloom's gaffe-prone prose has won him an award for gobbledygook.
The controversial former MEP, who is now an Independent MEP for Yorkshire and Humber, has been named the winner of the Plain English Campaign's Foot in Mouth award for 2013.
The award marks an eventful year for Mr Bloom, who was censured for calling women "sluts" at a meeting and for hitting a Channel 4 News journalist over the head with a conference programme.
He had previously been widely condemned for referring to Bongo Bongo Land when he was discussing overseas aid.
A campaign spokesman said: "Bloom was an overwhelming choice for the Foot in Mouth award and, to be fair to him, could easily have won this award on at least two other occasions. (He is) a wince-inducing gaffe machine and we could fill a page or two with his ill-advised quotes from 2013 alone."
Men and women's brains really are wired differently, according to a new scientific study.
Men generally have more connections within each hemisphere of the brain, while in women the two halves of the brain are much more interlinked, scientists say.
The male brain also contain more nerve fibres while the female brain has a greater proportion of "grey matter," consisting of the cell bodies of neurons.
Celebrity waxworks at Madame Tussauds have been given a festive makeover in support of Save the Children.
Wax figures of Usain Bolt, Albert Einstein, Kate Winslet, Sir Richard Branson and Boris Johnson saw their usual attire replaced with loud Christmas jumpers to show their support for the charity's 'Christmas Jumper Day: Make the world better with a sweater' campaign.
People are being encouraged to wear a Christmas jumper on Friday 13 December and give £1 or more to Save the Children.