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Fortune cookie numbers earn Va. woman $50,000 Powerball prize

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(UPI) A Virginia woman used the numbers from inside a fortune cookie to play Powerball and won a $50,000 prize.

Tierra Barley told Virginia Lottery officials she always uses the set of numbers she copied from the slip of paper inside a fortune cookie when she plays Powerball.

She bought a ticket bearing those numbers from the Varina Superstore...Read more

Alligator escapes petting zoo at Missouri middle school

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(UPI) Authorities in Missouri are searching for a small alligator that escaped from a petting zoo exhibit set up at a Kansas City middle school.

The KC Pet Project said the 14-inch alligator was last seen about 11 a.m. Thursday at Lakeview Middle School, where a third-party company had been hired to set up a petting zoo to celebrate the end of ...Read more

Shaving cream and table tennis balls earn man his 171st world record

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(UPI) Serial Guinness World Record-breaker David Rush covered his head in shaving cream and bounced table tennis balls to earn his 171st concurrently held title.

Rush, who previously broke the record for most table tennis balls bounced and caught in shaving foam on the head in 30 seconds (team of two) multiple times, took on the individual ...Read more

Exotic animal captured after five days on the loose in England

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(UPI) A Central American tayra weasel that escaped from a zoo in England was safely recaptured after about five days on the loose.

The Hemsley Conservation Centre, near Sevenoaks, notified the public on social media Monday that the female tayra, named Rizzo, had escaped from her enclosure after the mesh was damaged.

"After tracking all ...Read more

Madonna fan earns world record with 18 tattoos of the singer

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(UPI) A devoted pop music fan paid tribute to her favorite artist by getting a record-breaking 18 tattoos of Madonna on her body.

Tara Berry of Topeka, Kan., earned the Guinness World Record for the most tattoos of the same musician on the body (female), taking the title from British woman Nikki Patterson, who has 15 tattoos of the rapper ...Read more

Sister picked out N.C. teenager's $1M winning lottery ticket

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(UPI) A North Carolina 18-year-old scored a $1 million prize by having his sister choose his scratch-off lottery ticket.

Jalen McLean of Raleigh told North Carolina Education Lottery officials he gave some money to his sister and told her to buy him a scratch-off lottery ticket.

McLean's sister, Dasha Silas, selected a $10 Jumbo Bucks ticket ...Read more

Lost wallet returned to British Columbia man after 33 years

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(UPI) A 14-year-old boy fishing with friends at the Comox Marina on British Columbia's Vancouver Island ended up with an unexpected catch -- a wallet that had been lost 33 years earlier.

Nick Chowdhury said he was fishing at the Comox Marina in 1991 when he set his wallet down on the rocks to prevent it from falling into the water.

"One summer...Read more

8-year-old named world's youngest drone videographer

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(UPI) An Indiana 8-year-old whose drone footage earned her an award at the AZDroneFest International Film Festival earned a Guinness World Record as the world's youngest drone videographer.

Louisa Royer, an Evansville Day School third-grader, brought her drone along on trips to Europe, Japan, Australia and South Korea, and her teacher ...Read more

Escaped kangaroo found wandering Texas neighborhood

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(UPI) Police in Lufkin, Texas, were called to an unusual situation when a kangaroo escaped from its owner's home and went wandering the neighborhood.

Police shared the audio of a call from a resident who reported spotting the Australian animal hopping in the middle of Fuller Springs Drive.

The audio was accompanied by dashboard camera footage ...Read more

Alligator placed 'under arrest' at 104-year-old Florida woman's home

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(UPI) A 5-foot alligator was placed "under arrest" at the home of a 104-year-old Florida woman who complained about the animal's presence on her property.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said on social media that two officers "have quite the 'tail' to tell about responding to a nuisance gator 104-year-old woman's home near Atlantic Boulevard ...Read more

Chimpanzee returns zoo visitor's dropped shoe

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(UPI) A helpful chimpanzee at a Chinese zoo was caught on camera returning a shoe that had been dropped into the enclosure by a young visitor.

The video, recorded at the Shendiaoshan Wild Animal Nature Reserve in Weihai City, Shandong Province, shows a chimpanzee named Dong Dong playing with a shoe that had been dropped into the enclosure by a ...Read more

N.C. man shares half of $100,000 lottery prize with friend

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(UPI) A North Carolina man kept up his end of a pact made years ago and split his $100,000 prize from a scratch-off lottery ticket with a friend.

Curtis Hudson of Laurinburg told North Carolina Education Lottery officials his first move after winning $100,000 from a $2,000,000 Diamond Deluxe ticket he bought from Carlie C's on South Main Street...Read more

Feather from extinct bird sells for record-breaking $28,417

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(UPI) A New Zealand auction house said a single feather from an extinct huia bird became the most expensive feather in the world when it sold for $28,417.

Webb's Auction House said the feather had been expected to sell for up to $1,800, but shattered expectations -- as well as the previous record, which was set by a feather from a bird of the ...Read more

Get buzzed: Cardiff University develops Killer Bee Beer

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(UPI) A team of microbiologists at Cardiff University in Wales have developed a new way to get buzzed: beer made using extracts from killer bees.

Professor Les Baillie and his team of microbiologists from the School of Pharmaceutical Sciences visited Namibia to work together with University of Namibia scientists on sustainable environmental ...Read more

6-foot, 4-inch steer officially the tallest in the world

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(UPI) A 6-year-old Holstein steer from Oregon has been officially named the tallest in the world at a height of 6 feet and 4.5 inches.

Misty Moore, founder and operator of the Welcome Home Animal Sanctuary in Creswell, said 6-year-old steer Romeo has lived at the facility since he was rescued from a veal crate at a dairy farm when he was just ...Read more

British boy peels four Mandarin oranges in one minute

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(UPI) An 11-year-old boy from York, England, broke a Guinness World Record by peeling four Mandarin oranges in one minute.

Digital radio station Absolute Radio asked young listeners of the Dave Berry Breakfast Show to come up with a new Guinness World Record category to be attempted on air, and the selected record was most Mandarins peeled in ...Read more

Lottery player learned of $50,000 prize weeks later

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(UPI) A Baltimore woman who scored a $50,000 Pick 5 prize from the Maryland Lottery said she didn't discover her good luck until weeks after the drawing.

The player told Maryland Lottery officials she plays Pick 5 regularly, but doesn't check her tickets until they build up into a stack.

The woman said she was using the lottery app on her ...Read more

Idaho man juggles blindfolded for over an hour

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(UPI) Serial record-breaker David Rush returned to his roots by recapturing his first-ever Guinness World Records title: longest duration juggling three objects blindfolded.

Rush, who has since broken more than 250 Guinness World Records, achieved his first title in 2015 when he donned a blindfold and juggled for 6 minutes and 34 seconds.

The ...Read more

Colorado State University's stinky corpse flower preparing to bloom

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(UPI) Colorado State University is inviting members of the public to come experience a uniquely smelly spectacle: the first blooming of its corpse flower.

The university said Plant Growth Facilities Manager Tammy Brenner brought the pungent plant, named Cosmo, to the school in 2016, and after seven years of careful rearing in the College of ...Read more

Nigerian woman creates world's widest wig at almost 12 feet

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(UPI) A Nigerian wigmaker added a second Guinness World Record to her resume when she stitched a hairpiece that measures almost 12 feet wide.

Helen Williams, 31, who previously earned the Guinness World Record for the longest handmade wig at 1,152 feet and 5 inches, took on the challenge of creating the world's widest wig.

Williams spent one ...Read more