Some people will do anything to find the perfect mate.
Shahnaz Khan will do that and then some. The 41-year-old British lecturer has spent the last decade and close to $40,000 on various plastic surgeries to make her face as impressive as her personality in order to find a husband, the Daily Mail reports.
"The problem was I had a plain, boorish face. I didn’t feel ugly but when I went out I felt invisible and insignificant," she said. "When I thought about it more, I came to the conclusion that people looked past me — there was nothing about my face to hold their interest.
"I then realized that although I had developed my mind, I hadn’t developed my appearance," she continued. "It doesn’t matter how clever or worldly you are — people make snap judgments in seconds. The truth was that my outward appearance was holding me back."
Khan began her quest for physical perfection by getting $2,000 worth of permanent makeup tattooed on her face. She then followed it up with two nose jobs, a nose-tip lift and some eye work. But the piece de resistance was the surgical addition of a dimple in her left cheek.
"I wanted it to add character and interest to my face, give me a cheeky, cute look," she said of the surgery, which she had in Thailand for the bargain price of $1,000. "It was unbelievably painful but I was delighted with the results."
And yet, with a new face to match her three-degree education, Khan has yet to find a man.
"I am a virgin," she said. "I am not ashamed to admit it — I simply haven’t met my Mr. Right."
This Kid's Hobby Sure Sucks
ADRIAN, Mich. (AP) — A 12-year-old boy's hobby of collecting vacuums has turned the sixth-grader into a budding TV star.
Kyle Krichbaum's knowledge of vacuums has helped him land guest spots on programs such as "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno."
The Adrian boy has more than 150 in his collection. And he's been in Hollywood taping a game show pilot where he has to compete — while blindfolded — against contestants by correctly identifying vacuum models.
"I've been practicing, and I can notice the differences in the vacuums by sound," Kyle told the Detroit Free Press for a Saturday story. "I'm getting pretty good at it."
He told The Daily Telegram for a story before his Leno appearance earlier this year that he's always been fascinated by vacuums. He said he got his first working model at age 3 and keeps part of his collection in his room.
"When I was really little I would always follow my parents around when they were vacuuming," he said.
Randy and MaryLynn Krichbaum said their son played with a toy vacuum constantly as a toddler.
"At first we thought it was something he would grow out of because babies like noisy things," MaryLynn Krichbaum said. "But his interest just grew stronger and stronger ... where he gets it from, I don't know."
Kyle has aspirations of owning a vacuum shop.
"But I also want to be an inventor and invent something quiet," he told The Ann Arbor News for a story published last year.
Adrian is about 50 miles southwest of Detroit.
I Guess Flights Were Booked
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — A taxi driver told police he was stiffed on an $8,200 cross-country fare by a woman he shuttled roughly 2,600 miles from Beverly Hills, Calif., to North Carolina.
The meter in Levon Mikayelyan's taxi cab hit the staggering fare after a journey that ended at a Holiday Inn in Chapel Hill. Mikayelyan said the rider's family paid him only $800, Chapel Hill police spokeswoman Jane Cousins said Friday.
"We do get reports of people who are not able to pay cab drivers, but certainly not with this amount," Cousins said.
Authorities and the cab company did not release the woman's name and it was unclear why she chose to take a taxi instead of another means of transportation. It was also not immediately known if they undertook the roughly 36-hour drive nonstop.
Mikayelyan filed a police report Tuesday but no charges have been filed. Cousins said police were done with the case and referred Mikayelyan to a magistrate judge.
Leo Mika, a dispatcher for West Coast Yellow Cab, based outside in Van Nuys, Calif., said Friday that the company has been paid another $2,000 toward the fare and plans to get the rest through small claims court. Mikayelyan agreed to give the woman a 25 percent discount off the metered rate, Mika said.
"She told him, 'When we get there we'll pay you,' but when he got there she didn't pay," Mika said, adding that it was the first time one of the company's taxi drivers had made such a long trip.
Mikayelyan drove back to California on Friday, Mika said.
Not Even Godzilla Could Stop This Concert
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese musicians overcame fatigue and a major earthquake to set the record for the world's longest concert on Saturday, playing 184 hours non-stop in a program that ranged from The Beatles' classics to Japanese traditional harp music.
More than 900 musicians aged 6 to 89 took turns performing in the nine-day marathon — with breaks of no more than 5 minutes between acts — at a small railway station in Hikone city, western Japan, according to organizer Kuniko Teramura, 51.
An official from the Guinness Book of World Records was on hand to certify the record at 10 a.m. Saturday, she said.
"The longest concert by multiple artists was achieved by Kuniko Teramura and friends at Toriimoto Station ... from 23-31 March 2007," read a copy of the certificate obtained by The Associated Press.
The previous record for longest concert was set in Canada five years ago and lasted 182 hours, according to the Guinness Web site.
On Sunday, a magnitude 6.9 quake in northwestern Japan jolted the stage — but didn't stop a determined pianist from plowing on with her tune, said Hiroshi Mizutani, 51, another organizer.
A break in the performance would have ruined the challenge, because musicians were not allowed to stop playing less than two minutes into a song, said Mizutani, whose Oldies band played three times during the concert.
"This pianist was amazing. The whole place was shaking quite badly but she went right on playing," Mizutani said. "Even an earthquake couldn't stop us."
Compiled by FOXNews.com's Sara Bonisteel.
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