World's oldest person, Michigan woman turns 116 on Saturday

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DETROIT (UPI) -- Recently crowned as the oldest person in the world, Michigan resident Jeralean Talley turned 116 years old on Saturday.

Talley became the world's oldest person last month after the death of Gertrude Weaver, who was also 116. Weaver held the title for less than a week, as she died just five days after Japan's 117-year-old Misao ...Read more

New Orleans restaurant apologizes for racial slur on receipt

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NEW ORLEANS (UPI) -- A New Orleans restaurant said an employee was fired after a customer discovered a racial slur and "100% dislike" written on her receipt.

Liryca Neville Branch, 33, discovered the slur and the "dislike" comment printed on her receipt under Thin Catfish Platter Thursday afternoon at Huck Finn's Restaurant & Sports Bar....Read more

Scrabble dictionary adds lotsa totally ridic new words

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NEW YORK (UPI) -- The official dictionary for perennial board game Scrabble announced 6,500 new words, including "lolz," Facetime, emoji and ridic.

The Collins Official Scrabble Words, the official guide to words allowed for international tournament play for the Hasbro game, released a new edition this week with 6,500 new ...Read more

California 11-year-old graduates college with three degrees

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SACRAMENTO (UPI) -- An 11-year-old California boy graduated community college with three associate degrees only one year after he graduated from high school.

Tanishq Abraham, 11, of Sacramento, made national headlines and received a congratulatory letter from President Barack Obama when he graduated high school last year and walked across the ...Read more

VIDEO: Alligator strikes decisive victory in fight against truck

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BATON ROUGE, La. (UPI) -- A motorist filming while taunting an alligator with his truck learned a valuable lesson when the reptile ripped into the front of the vehicle.

The "Gator vs. Truck" video, posted to YouTube by user keet246, shows the truck approach the alligator, which slowly backs away with bared jaws, and the driver can be heard ...Read more

Prince William Sound visitors record glacier collapse

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VALDEZ, Alaska (UPI) -- A group of tourists boating through Prince William Sound in Alaska captured video of a glacier partially collapsing and dropping chunks of ice into the water.

Jonathan Huensch captured the video and posted it to YouTube after he and other tourists witnessed the glacier collapse and an ensuing large wave, which appears to...Read more

Colorado man brings stuffed owl to court as defense counsel

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ASPEN, Colo. (UPI) -- A Colorado man accused of violating a protection order brought a stuffed owl with "law degrees from Yale, Harvard and Stanford" to court as his public defender.

Charles Abbott of Aspen, who was accused of violating a protection order taken out by his former roommate, Michael Stranahan, placed the stuffed owl on the table ...Read more

Man gets naked to protest overbooked flight in Charlotte

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (UPI) -- Travelers at North Carolina's Charlotte Douglas International Airport said a man stripped naked in the concourse because he was mad about an overbooked flight.

Witnesses said the man became angry when he was told his US Airways flight to Jamaica was overbooked Wednesday, leading him to strip nude and stand in the ...Read more

Delta's 'Internetest safety video' packed with memes

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ATLANTA (UPI) -- Delta Air Lines released a new in-flight safety video "starring the Internet," including keyboard cat, the overly attached girlfriend and the screaming goat.

The Atlanta-based Delta, which has previously drawn attention for its entertaining inflight safety videos, posted "The Internetest safety video on the Internet," which ...Read more

Bathroom waste falls on Pennsylvania sweet 16

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LEVITTOWN, Pa. (UPI) -- A Pennsylvania teen's family said her sweet 16 party was spoiled and soiled when apparent airplane bathroom waste fell on the birthday girl and her guests.

Joe Cambray of Levittown said there were about 40 people at the party Sunday for his stepdaughter, Jacinda, and the apparent human waste fell from the sky while some ...Read more

Google Maps search for racial slur brings up the White House

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WASHINGTON (UPI) -- Google apologized after users reported typing a racial slur into Google Maps causes the website to zoom in the White House in Washington, D.C.

Users of the map program said searching for the word along with the word "house" caused Google Maps to bring up a zoomed-in map of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., the White House, and ...Read more

New York teacher plans Young Jedi Academy after school program

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NEW YORK (UPI) -- A New York teacher's plan for a fitness-oriented after-school program comes from a galaxy far, far away -- a Star Wars-inspired Young Jedi Academy.

Andy Yung, a pre-kindergarten teacher at PS244 in Queens, said his Young Jedi Academy would promote fitness by teaching kids to exercise with their toy lightsabers.

"I want ...Read more

Mushroom hunter finds 21-year-old message in a bottle by Michigan river

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IONIA, Mich. (UPI) -- An Ohio man hunting for morel mushrooms in Michigan discovered a bottle containing 21-year-old messages from two young girls.

Terry Smith said he was searching for morel mushrooms Monday on the shore of the Grand River in Ionia when he discovered the bottle containing drawings and messages written by a pair of young girls ...Read more

VIDEO: Chicago police officer caught napping in viral video may face discipline

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CHICAGO (UPI) -- Chicago police said an officer apparently sleeping on the job in a video that went viral on Facebook may face disciplinary action.

The video, posted to Facebook May 15 by Julian Collins, shows a uniformed Chicago Police Department officer apparently asleep in a marked police sport-utility vehicle in the city's Southwest Side ...Read more

Boy, 5, brought Waffle House to tears with act of kindness

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PRATTVILLE, Fla. (UPI) -- An Alabama mother said her 5-year-old son brought a Waffle House to tears when he asked her to buy dinner for a seemingly homeless man and sang a blessing.

Ava Faulk said she and her son, Josiah Duncan, 5, went to the Waffle House in Prattville recently and the boy's curiosity was piqued by a homeless man who came into...Read more

VIDEO: Mom faceplants during Michigan beach proposal video

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ST. JOSEPH, Mich. (UPI) -- A proposal at a Michigan beach became the memory of a lifetime when the bride-to-be's mother faceplanted on camera just before the question was popped.

The YouTube video, filmed at a beach in St. Joseph by Bridgett Clark, features the videographer repeatedly telling her mother, Eva Clark, to get out of the way of the ...Read more

VIDEO: Utah clerk gives sarcastic play-by-play of robbery footage

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MILLCREEK, Utah (UPI) -- A Utah store clerk robbed at gunpoint said a viral video of her giving play-by-play of security camera footage was only supposed to be seen by her sister.

The woman, an employee at a smoke shop in Millcreek, said she recorded the sarcasm-filled commentary video of the May 14 video for her sister's eyes only, but the ...Read more

VIDEO: Viral star pranks grandma with 'car bomb' stunt

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (UPI) -- An Ohio-based professional prankster got his grandmother's goat by making it seem as if he had accidentally blown up her beloved car.

Roman Atwood's latest YouTube prank came at his grandmother's expense when he called her over to his house under the guise of wanting her to give an interview for a reality show.

Atwood ...Read more

VIDEO: Lightning filmed in slow motion over Oklahoma

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NORMAN, Okla. (UPI) -- An Oklahoma videographer shared slow-motion footage of lightning strikes over Norman during the weekend's severe storms.

Matt Skuta captured video of the storm, which passed over Oklahoma and nearby states Saturday, and slowed down the footage to show how the lightning passes across the sky.

The Saturday storm, which ...Read more

VIDEO: Hugging chicken skeptical of boy's new haircut

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FRESNO, Calif. (UPI) -- A California mother shared video of her son's famous hugging chicken being taken aback by the boy's new haircut while coming in for a squeeze.

Gretchen Brumley shared the YouTube video of the chicken, nicknamed Love Bird for the way she seeks out hugs from 8-year-old Mason, coming in for a hug with her best human friend ...Read more