SAN FRANCISCO (UPI) -- A California man turned his proposal into a literal work of art by asking for his girlfriend's hand in marriage while the two were acting in a "live mural."
San Francisco artist Alexa Meade transformed the future bride and groom Daniel Levine and Cristina Cordova into a living work of art and also captured video of the ...Read more
CHICAGO (UPI) -- A Chicago pet owner shared video of the unlikely friendship between his family's turtle and their newest pet -- a blind kitten.
The video, posted to YouTube by Josh Couwenhoven, shows the blind kitten, Rye, feeling her way around the room while the turtle, Lucy, watches.
The kitten locates the turtle and cautiously follows her...Read more
SIMFEROPOL, Crimea (UPI) -- A cloud-like murmuration of starlings flying in formation over Crimea was caught on camera by a birdwatcher.
The video, filmed in Simferopol on the Crimean peninsula, shows what appears to be hundreds of the small birds flying together.
The gathering, known as a murmuration, is designed to help the starlings find ...Read more
KRUGER NATIONAL PARK, South Africa (UPI) -- A safari group in a South African park found themselves in a tense standoff when their vehicle was blocked by a herd of elephants.
The video, filmed in Kruger National Park, shows the safari group trapped on a dirt road by a herd of elephants showing signs of aggression toward the humans.
The ...Read more
SAN FRANCISCO (UPI) -- Popular Internet forum Reddit constructed a "horse-sized duck" made entirely out of balloons in honor of a long-running joke.
Reddit's San Francisco headquarters live-streamed the construction of the duck, which serves as a monument to the question, "Would you rather fight 100 duck-sized horses or 1 horse-sized duck?"
HOUSTON (UPI) -- A 5-year-old Houston girl's unfortunate encounter with an aggressive goose is being immortalized online thanks to her sister sharing photos.
Stevie Gidden tweeted a pair of photos Sunday showing her sister, Summer, scuffling with an aggressive goose in a Houston street.
"Summer got attacked by a duck today & the pictures our ...Read more
LOS ANGELES (UPI) -- The National Park Service in Los Angeles is seeking a group of volunteers that aren't afraid to get their hands dirty.
The service posted an online listing seeking between 10 and 30 volunteers to participate in "A Urban Coyote Project: Citizen Science Coyote Scat Survey" a project that involves studying local coyotes and ...Read more
LOPBURI, Thailand (UPI) -- A Thailand motorist's dashboard camera captured a motorcyclist's lucky landing when a mattress fell off a truck and broke his fall.
Vijit Sooksai posted a video to Facebook showing his dashboard camera footage from an April 25 drive in Lopburi, Thailand.
The video shows a pickup truck carrying a mattress driving in ...Read more
The Far Side of SilenceRobert B. Marcus Jr.
Alexander Gray is an ex-Seal with an impossible assignment. Air Force One is shot down over the Mediterranean Sea with no survivors. The new president secretly orders the U.S. Navy to prepare the Sigonella Naval Air Station on Sicily for a clandestine and experimental ...
ALLIANCE, Ohio (UPI) -- An Ohio police department urged the clients of a local drug dealer to stop calling his cell phone as they worked to investigate the device.
The City of Alliance police department shared a photo of the phone along with a message requesting that people stop attempting to contact the alleged dealer, Steve Notman, as they ...Read more
KETCHIKAN, Alaska (UPI) -- A massive humpback whale paid a visit to Knudson Cove Marina in Alaska, allowing visitors the chance to get an up-close look.
Strike Zone Sportfishing shared video of the rare encounter captured by Captain Cy Williams and noted that the whales had been appearing frequently in the area for several days.
"Humpback ...Read more
PONCE INLET, Fla. (UPI) -- A pair of teens were able to get a close up look at a great white shark while fishing for grouper off the coast of Florida.
The two 18-year-olds, Wylie Phelan and Taylor Magone, spotted the shark 20 miles off Ponce Inlet and managed to capture GoPro footage, which Wylie's mother Michelle shared to Facebook.
The ...Read more
BOULDER, Colo. (UPI) -- A Colorado sheriff's office said deputies spent more than an hour working to corral an "uncooperative llama" found wandering near a busy road.
The Boulder County Sheriff's Office said deputies responded Tuesday morning to an area near Niwot Road and Diagonal Highway on a report of a loose llama.
"You never know what the...Read more
PARIS (UPI) -- A French man claims that his former employer caused him to "bore out" of his job and become depressed by stripping him of his responsibilities.
Frederic Desnard, a 44-year-old ex-facilities manager at French perfume company Interparfums Inc., is suing the company for $170,000 in damages after claiming he was "shelved" when the ...Read more
HOUSTON (UPI) -- A Texas school district is investigating after a 7-year-old girl successfully used a forged note with spelling errors to get out of an after school program.
Charlie Dahu said he received a phone call Monday afternoon from a concerned neighbor who told him his daughter, Rosabella, was waiting outside of her family's locked home ...Read more
LAKELAND, Fla. (UPI) -- A Florida family shared video of the time a squirrel stuck in their chimney got into the house and ran amok while trying to escape.
Jayme Knowles of Lakeland posted a video showing him and family members removing a nest from the fireplace before determining there is a creature, which they initially suspected to be a crow...Read more
NICOSIA, Cyprus (UPI) -- An artist in Cyprus celebrated Star Wars Day by using a mug of coffee to paint a portrait of iconic antihero-turned-villain-turned-antihero Darth Vader.
Video of the painting session, posted to YouTube by Upcycle.Club, shows artist Maria A. Aristidou sketching some lines on her canvas before bringing out her paint -- a ...Read more
MANLY, Australia (UPI) -- An Australian couple struggling to remove a massive huntsman spider from their bedroom chronicled their attempt on video.
The video, posted to YouTube by user Manly Beach Running Club, features footage shot by Joe Ward as he and his wife, Emma, attempt to remove the large spider from the wall near their bed.
Ward says...Read more
WASHINGTON (UPI) -- A woman's attempt to capture a video of her dog and a butterfly together took a negative turn when the dog decided to turn the insect into a snack.
Video shared by Instagram user asiamarie___ shows her filming a close-up shot of a butterfly before calling her dog, Bentley, over to have a look as well.
The brief encounter ...Read more
BANGKOK (UPI) -- A Bangkok cafe is courting animal fans -- and controversy -- by offering customers the chance to play with fennec foxes, meerkats and other exotic animals.
The Little Zoo Cafe, which opened its doors late last year, allows customers to get up close and personal with cuddle-ready critters including owls, raccoons, fennec foxes ...Read more
MADISON, Wis. (UPI) -- A Wisconsin man made an unexpected discovery while driving down a local street when he spotted a box.
According to police, a 68-year-old man from Stoughton spotted the box in the middle of Zeirer Rd. with a marking reading: "HUMAN BLOOD."
The man placed the box in his car and then happened to see a Madison police ...Read more
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