CLARKSBURG, Calif. (UPI) -- A California mom whose daughter requested a note to excuse her tardiness obliged the teen with a tongue-in-cheek letter blaming the girl's "teenage-ism."
Nicole Poppic of Clarksburg posted a photo to Facebook showing the handwritten note she authored after a rough morning with her daughter, Cara, 14, led to the teen ...Read more
HIGHLAND LAKES, N.J. (UPI) -- A New Jersey woman who went to clean up a watermelon that fell from her back deck received some unexpected help from a pair of cute black bear cubs.
Susan Kehoe of Highland Lakes posted a video to YouTube showing the two bear cubs enjoying a late summer snack earlier this month after the watermelon fell from Kehoe'...Read more
CANDLER, N.C. (UPI) -- A North Carolina man attributed his recent $1 million lottery prize to the fact that he had a well-timed craving for Mountain Dew.
Candler resident Michael Owenby, a custodian for Buncombe County schools, told North Carolina Education Lottery officials he was helping a friend shop for a car when he decided to dip into an ...Read more
ANKARA, Turkey (UPI) -- A team of Turkish engineers are turning science fiction into science reality by building a real-life "Transformer" that morphs from a car to a giant robot.
Turkish company Letrons posted a video to YouTube showing their creation, which is also dubbed Letrons, taking an outdoor test drive.
The vehicle doesn't have room ...Read more
LOS ANGELES (UPI) -- Los Angeles Rams and Seattle Seahawks fans set aside their differences after a recent game to rescue a fan from an overturned portable toilet.
Jordan Rambis posted a video to Instagram showing a man in a Rams jersey attempting to open the locked door to an overturned portable toilet Sept. 18 following the game in Los ...Read more
GLASGOW, Scotland (UPI) -- Drivers dealing with heavy winds in Scotland found themselves stunned by an additional morning commute obstacle -- a giant inflatable duck rolling down the road.
The duck was apparently ripped loose from its tethers Saturday at the Peter Vardy CarStore, located near the Braehead shopping center in Glasgow, and ended ...Read more
HANOVER, N.H. (UPI) -- A rare flower known for its large size and foul smell bloomed in a greenhouse at Dartmouth college over the weekend.
The university provided an online live stream of "Morphy" the 13-year-old Amorphophallus titanum, or corpse flower.
Morphy was grown from a seed by a private grower in New Hampshire starting in 2003 and ...Read more
LONDON, Ontario (UPI) -- A French bulldog in Canada showed off an unusual trick -- using his voice to express "love" for his mom.
A video posted to YouTube by user Mr. Marcel shows Marcel the French bulldog firing off a series of vocalizations that sound like he's saying, "Mom, mom, I love you!"
"When Mr. Marcel the French Bulldog is ...Read more
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A children's book about two different mental illnesses, depression and mania, Peter and Lisa makes it easier for children to understand these mental conditions. It is a story about two people affected with such illness and how they got better and recovered through the proper medication and ...
NINGBO, China (UPI) -- Doctors at a Chinese hospital said a baby boy born with a total 31 fingers and toes will receive a series of surgeries free of charge.
Video recorded at Ningbo City Sixth Hospital shows the 6-month-old boy's hands, which bear a total of 16 fingers, and feet, which have a total of 15 toes.
The boy's parents said they were...Read more
KRUGER NATIONAL PARK, South Africa (UPI) -- A visitor to a South African park received a heart-stopping reminder to respect an animal's personal space -- and to keep windows rolled up around lions.
The video, filmed Sept. 17, shows a lion walking beside a road in Kruger National Park while the filmer follows at a slow speed in a car.
The ...Read more
MINNEAPOLIS (UPI) -- Target announced it is ending a trial run of kid-sized mini-carts at stores in Minnesota and New York after shoppers complained of bruised ankles.
The Minneapolis-based chain announced the mini-carts, which were rolled out at 50 Minnesota stores and 22 New York stores just a few weeks ago, are being removed after the ...Read more
L'AGULHAS, South Africa (UPI) -- A fisherman off the southern tip of Africa recorded his rare encounter with a curious whale that swam right up to his boat.
The video, filmed Aug. 17, shows the whale swimming on the surface of the water right next to the fisherman's boat off South Africa's Cape Agulhas.
The fisherman said the creature appeared...Read more
CORMORANT ISLAND, British Columbia (UPI) -- Conservation officers in Canada captured and relocated a pair of grizzly bears found in an island near British Columbia.
The B.C. Conservation Officer Service shared photos of the two grizzly bears found near Alert Bay on Cormorant Island after officers created a special lure to trap the pair.
"We ...Read more
HUDSON, Colo. (UPI) -- A Colorado woman hospitalized with a cut on her arm told authorities she was accidentally stabbed -- by her dog.
Celinda Haynes of Hudson was rushed to Platte Valley Medical Center on Wednesday with a 4-inch-long gash in her arm. Suspicious hospital workers contacted authorities when Haynes told them she was stabbed by ...Read more
ADELAIDE, Australia (UPI) -- An Australian woman discovered the tail of a venomous eastern brown snake slithering into her winter boots as she went to slide them on.
Snake Catchers Adelaide shared a photo of the 3-foot snake, which curled itself up in the fuzzy Ugg boot to escape the cold weather.
"'It's chilly enough for ugg boots today' ...Read more
TRENTON, N.J. (UPI) -- A New Jersey nurse who won a $1,000-a-day prize from the lottery said she had to call a fellow nurse to make sure she wasn't having a heart attack.
Dawn Jones of Trenton told New Jersey Lottery officials she entered the same numbers she always plays into the Cash4Life drawing Aug. 8 so she quickly called her daughter in ...Read more
BREA, Calif. (UPI) -- A California police department said a motorcycle officer ticketed a man for driving in the carpool lane with an artificial passenger -- a mannequin.
The Brea Police Department tweeted a photo of the female-style mannequin, which was missing its legs, wearing a hoodie with its face partially obscured in the passenger seat ...Read more
OKLAHOMA CITY (UPI) -- An Oklahoma City mother whose 8-year-old son was found to have a dead squirrel in his bag at school said the boy took his father's jokes a little too seriously.
Ladye Hobson posted a photo to Facebook of the late rodent taking its final rest in the boy's school bag, explaining the discovery at school had led to an awkward...Read more
LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. (UPI) -- A stunt jumper in California completed a daring leap from a hotel balcony to an outdoor pool below.
Thomas Johnson shared GoPro footage of himself rushing through a Laguna Beach hotel to reach one of the upper floors in preparation for the breathtaking jump.
Johnson can be seen scaling a fence near a "No ...Read more
COOLUM, Australia (UPI) -- An Australian snake catcher recorded video of an 8-foot carpet python that didn't seem too pleased to be confronted by the resident's dog.
The video, posted to Facebook by Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers 24/7, shows a member of the catching team capturing the massive carpet python between the house and some water tanks....Read more
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