GREENVILLE, S.C. (UPI) -- South Carolina ants seeking to stay afloat amid flooding in the state are creating their own refuge by forming into "islands of ants."
A photojournalist for WHNS-TV spotted what appeared to be mud floating in Greenville County flood waters Sunday, but he soon discovered the clump was actually an "island of ants."
A ...Read more
SAN FRANCISCO (UPI) -- Researchers looking into an increase in 911 calls in San Francisco said about 30 percent of calls to the emergency number are accidental butt dials.
The Google researchers said they shadowed 911 dispatchers in San Francisco and discovered 30 percent of the calls received in a particular window of time were accidental ...Read more
SACRAMENTO (UPI) -- California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill legalizing street use of "beer bikes" -- mobile bars with room for up to 15 seated passengers to peddle.
Brown's office tweeted a photo,nw} Sunday of the governor signing the bill on a Sacramento beer bike's bar with his wife, Anne Gust Brown, and their two dogs.
The governor then ...Read more
FORT MILL, S.C. (UPI) -- A South Carolina high school shocked some parents with a quote on Homecoming dance flyers addressing the issue of dress tightness for female attendees.
The flyers promoting the upcoming Homecoming dance at Nation Ford High School included a quote from fashion designer Edith Head: "Your dresses should be tight enough to ...Read more
ANGLETON, Texas (UPI) -- The family of a 12-year-old Texas girl who has been sneezing up to 20 times per minute for the past month said doctors are stumped by the condition.
Angleton resident Katelyn Thornley,12, said her sneezing fits began about a month ago and she has since been sneezing up to 20 times per minute -- about 12,000 times per ...Read more
MIAMI (UPI) -- Burger King customers sampling the new Halloween Whopper said the burger's black bun carried an unexpected side effect -- it turned their poop green.
The fast food chain unveiled the Halloween Whopper last month, saying the bun's black color comes from A1 steak sauce, but some customers posting on social media said another, ...Read more
SHENZHEN, China (UPI) -- A Chinese biotechnology firm said it plans to market its gene-edited micro pigs for $1,600 each, but some experts said they have concerns about the process.
The Shenzhen-based company, BGI, presented its pigs in late September at the Shenzhen International Biotech Leaders Summit and revealed the swine, which grow to a ...Read more
WASHINGTON (UPI) -- A video going viral online showcases the dizzying effect of putting a camera on a helicopter rotor for a distorted panoramic video.
The video, posted to YouTube, shows a person affix the camera to what appears to me a miniature helicopter rotor and start the flying device's engine.
The camera records a speedy panorama ...Read more
The Knights of Juzhani: The Emerald of the Black CaveBrandon Young
Jimmy is an ordinary kid who is a senior in high school. Except for being a black belt, he is an average kid in every respect, with the same hopes and angst. Little does he know that his life is about to change, starting with his discovery of a strange emerald during his class’s field trip ...
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (UPI) -- An Anchorage, Alaska, man captured video of two moose brawling their way down a residential street amid the animals' mating season.
Bill Tyra and his son, Josh, captured video Friday of the two moose fighting their way through the Goldenview Park subdivision in the southern part of the city.
The video was partially ...Read more
WASHINGTON (UPI) -- The head of Alaska Airlines, which proudly touts a baggage delivery guarantee policy, made an embarrassing confession -- his own airline misplaced his luggage.
Chief Executive Bradley Tilden admitted on stage last week at an airline summit in Washington, D.C., that his own airline misplaced his luggage on his flight to ...Read more
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (UPI) -- A Danish travel company's "Do It For Mom" campaign is encouraging parents to send their adult children on vacations to make more babies.
Travel firm Spies released an ad titled "Do It For Mom" that encourages aspiring grandparents to sponsor vacations abroad for their children by citing studies that suggest ...Read more
PURCHASE, N.Y. (UPI) -- Pepsi announced it is paying tribute to Back to the Future Part II with the release of Pepsi Perfect, the formerly fictional beverage featured in the film.
The company announced Pepsi Perfect, which contains Pepsi Made with Real Sugar and features packaging consistent with the beverage served to Marty McFly in Back to ...Read more
SHIKOKU, Japan (UPI) -- A Japanese man live-streaming his video game session online purportedly set fire to his apartment by accident as his webcam continued to broadcast.
The video, posted to YouTube, shows the man smoking a cigarette and playing with a lighter and attempting to ignite the removable fuse by striking it like a match.
The man ...Read more
MANCHESTER, N.H. (UPI) -- A moose on the loose on the streets of a New Hampshire city was caught on video leaping over the hood of a parked Honda Civic.
The moose was reported running the streets of Manchester just prior to 9 a.m. Sunday and police responded to help guide the animal out of the residential area.
A WMUR-TV reporter captured ...Read more
MONROVIA, Calif. (UPI) -- A California homeowner's security cameras were rolling when his 20-pound French bulldog chased a trio of bears off the family's property.
David Hernandez, whose Monrovia home is located in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, shared security camera footage of his French bulldog, Jules, intimidating two 100-pound...Read more
SAN FRANCISCO (UPI) -- A man who decorated his company's San Francisco office with Post-It murals of super heroes shared video of the murals being cleared with a leaf blower.
Ben Brucker, 31, whose time-lapse video of 11 office workers putting the super hero murals on the walls of the office went viral in April, posted a follow-up video to ...Read more
NORTH POLE, Alaska (UPI) -- The city of North Pole, Alaska, announced the candidates for City Council include a man with the appropriate legal name of Santa Claus.
The North Pole Clerk's office said Santa Claus, whose festive moniker is his legal name and is listed on his driver's license, is running a write-in campaign for the North Pole City ...Read more
CALABASAS, Calif. (UPI) -- The "slave Leia" costume made famous by Carrie Fisher in Return of the Jedi sold for $96,000 in an online auction of Star Wars items.
The metallic bikini, which the auction listing said is actually made from "flexible, gold-painted red dense-urethane rubber," came with the collar and chain links space gangster Jabba ...Read more
PEARLAND, Texas (UPI) -- Textbook publisher McGraw-Hill Education said it will update a photo caption referring to slaves as "workers" after a Texas mother's complaints went viral.
Roni Dean-Burren posted a photo to Facebook sent to her by her son, Coby, a Pearland ninth-grader who spotted the caption in a section of his "World Geography" ...Read more
SUMTER, S.C. (UPI) -- A semi truck driver braved flooding amid record rainfalls in South Carolina and was caught on camera driving through deep waters.
The video, posted to YouTube by user Charlton Mcleod, shows the semi truck submerged nearly to its windows on Highway 15 in Sumter as it is filmed from a car on the opposite side of the highway....Read more
- VIDEO: Semi truck caught on camera crossing South Carolina flood waters
- VIDEO: Danish 'Do It For Mom' ad suggests sex vacations for adult children
- VIDEO: French bulldog chases bears away from California home
- VIDEO: Loose moose leaps over cars in New Hampshire
- VIDEO: Dolphin retrieves dancer's phone from Atlantic Ocean