LONDON (UPI) -- Guinness World Records, the world's foremost authority on record-breaking accomplishments, is celebrating the 60th anniversary of its founding Thursday. To celebrate six decades of the weird and wonderful, UPI is looking back at 10 of our favorite Guinness-worthy records of the past year.
1. Hey, McFly!
Canadian inventor ...Read more
KYOTO, Japan (UPI) -- Officials in a Japanese city said toilet instructions posted in public restrooms have successfully reduced messes created by confused tourists.
Kyoto officials said the signs, which instruct visitors on the proper use of Japanese-style squat toilets as well as Western sitting toilets, were posted in public restrooms in ...Read more
BUFFALO, N.Y. (UPI) -- Residents and visitors to Buffalo, N.Y., are celebrating the first "birthday" of an unusual attraction -- a shark-headed statue dubbed Shark Girl.
Shark Girl, created by Casey Riordan Millard and installed in the Canalside park by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, celebrated her first birthday Wednesday with fans on ...Read more
BEIJING (UPI) -- A cameraman at the World Athletics Championships in Beijing lost control of his Segway and struck Usain Bolt while the runner was celebrating his 200m win.
The Jamaican sprinter was celebrating with a victory lap Thursday after besting rival Justin Gatlin at the 200m when a cameraman on a Segway lost control of the vehicle and ...Read more
WARSAW, Poland (UPI) -- A Polish dog owner who adopted a stray kitten that showed up at her door posted a video of the tiny feline "patiently" putting up with some wet doggy love.
The video, posted to YouTube by user Alto Dog, features Alto the shepherd dog and Apache the kitten getting to know one another shortly after the young cat ...Read more
COLUMBUS, Ohio (UPI) -- An Ohio group supporting marijuana legalization is under fire from critics who say the group's new superhero mascot appeals to children.
ResponsibleOhio, a group supporting the state's Proposal 3 to legalize marijuana for adults over the age of 21, recently unveiled the superhero mascot, dubbed Buddie, with pictures on ...Read more
OXFORD, England (UPI) -- The Oxford University Press announced new words added to OxfordDictionaries.com, including "awesomesauce," hangry and fat shame.
Oxford said the quarterly update, which took effect Wednesday, also includes the addition of terms "butthurt," rando, rage-quit, microaggression,fur baby ...Read more
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (UPI) -- A disappointed visitor to Yellowstone National Park left a note on a feedback form asking rangers to train bears to hang out where they can be seen.
The note, shared on Reddit by a person who purported to be a friend of an employee at a Yellowstone lodge, was written on the bottom of a feedback form for ...Read more
Lost Ties: A Journey by ImageTim Anthony
The book of art work contains descriptive works in three parts. The first section contains a run of "stills" from an imaginary screen play the artist conjured up. Over time, as the images developed, a sequence of chronological flow, time and story ensued. This all happened by accident but ...
PORTO POLLO, Italy (UPI) -- Visitors to an Italian beach rescued a distressed shark by pulling a large fishing hook out of its mouth and one of the rescuers recorded the incident on video.
Saverio Porcari was recording with a GoPro camera Sunday at the beach in Porto Pollo, Sardinia, when the injured shark, which witnesses said appeared to be a...Read more
CHENNAI, India (UPI) -- A sign posted at an Indian airport is making viral waves with its saucy-seeming English translation: "Eating carpet strictly prohibited."
The sign, which businessman Justin Ross Lee photographed at Chennai International Airport, was purportedly posted in a carpeted area by the Airports Authority of India and features ...Read more
CENTEREACH, N.Y. (UPI) -- A Long Island man was arrested on criminal tampering charges after he recorded himself using a painter's pole to re-aim red light cameras.
Stephen Ruth, 42, of Centereach, posted videos on his Facebook page showing himself using a painter's pole to aim red light cameras at the sky, rather than at the intersection.
WASHINGTON (UPI) -- The Smithsonian's National Zoo said zookeepers have stepped in to care for a newborn giant panda after the mother showed a preference for its larger twin.
The zoo, where giant panda Mei Ling gave birth to the twins Saturday, said in a Facebook post the mother panda has shown a preference for the larger of her twins. Attempts...Read more
CARACAS, Venezuela (UPI) -- A resident of the Venezuelan capital captured video of water rushing into a city subway station amid heavy rains in the region.
Diana Valbuena posted a video to YouTube showing water rushing down the escalators and into a Caracas metro station Tuesday amid heavy rains in the city.
Commuters can be seen in the video ...Read more
AKRON, Ohio (UPI) -- An Ohio man who "awoke to a tap tap tap" on his window looked outside to investigate and discovered an enormous nest of bald faced hornets.
The Akron resident, who posted his video to YouTube under the username downbelowu1928, said in a Reddit post he hasn't been been home much this summer and he recently "awoke to a tap ...Read more
ORLANDO, Fla. (UPI) -- A Florida motorist was caught on camera trying to get out of being towed -- after the back of his SUV was already raised by the tow truck.
The video, posted to YouTube by Brady Miller, shows the sport-utility vehicle with its rear end raised in what appears to be an Orlando shopping center parking lot.
"This guy isn't ...Read more
CHICAGO (UPI) -- A Chicago man who encountered an unusually musical door inside a parking garage shared video of the door's "impression of Miles Davis."
The video, posted to YouTube by user Mr. King, features the door in a Navy pier parking garage being opened by the man and allowed to close on its own.
Mr. King said the door's squeaking ...Read more
ATLANTA (UPI) -- Fast food chain Burger King is lobbying rival McDonald's to set aside the "burger wars" for a single day to create a McWhopper sandwich in the name of peace.
Burger King, which is pitching the team-up with a McWhopper.com website and a YouTube video, is asking McDonald's for a one-day team-up Sept. 21 to sell McWhopper ...Read more
WASHINGTON (UPI) -- Wednesday is National Dog Day, and to celebrate, UPI put together a list of some memorable stories involving man's best friend.
Created by Colleen Paige in 2004, National Dog Day aims to raise awareness of the amount of homeless canines still in need of forever homes. It also honors those animals who work alongside humans ...Read more
WASHINGTON (UPI) -- A pair of proud parents introduced their baby daughter to the family cat and filmed the newborn's enthusiastically overjoyed reaction to the sight of the kitty.
The video posted to YouTube by the Merkley Family begins with the couple's newborn daughter having a relatively calm moment in her crib before her mother comes in to...Read more
FREMANTLE, Australia (UPI) -- An Australian man who spotted a solo seal chasing fish in a port city donned his snorkel and grabbed his GoPro to film a swim with the animal.
Dirk Nienaber, who posted the video to his Stargazer Pictures channel on YouTube, said he was fishing in Fremantle, Western Australia, when he caught sight of a seal chasing...Read more
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