Speeder caught using mannequin to cheat carpool lane in Washington state

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TACOMA, Wash. (UPI) -- The Washington State Patrol said a speeder was also ticketed for carpool cheating when the "young lady" riding shotgun was found to be a lifelike mannequin.

Trooper Todd Bartolac, the state patrol's public information officer, said on Twitter the man was pulled over Friday for speeding in the high-occupancy lane of ...Read more

1,000 day-old chicks found abandoned in England field

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PETERBOROUGH, England (UPI) -- Animal welfare inspectors opened an investigation after some 1,000 day-old chicks were found abandoned in an open field outside Cambridgeshire in eastern England on Friday.

The bright yellow chicks were found huddling in large groups to stay warm, inspectors said. Some were dead or dying but most survived. ...Read more

Pennsylvania library waives $554 fee after book returned 75 years late

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (UPI) -- A Pennsylvania library said it waived a $554 late fee for a book that was returned by a man whose father checked it out more than 75 years ago.

The Osterhout Free Library in Wilkes-Barre said in a Facebook post that the book, Val Rides the Oregon Trail by Sanford Tousey, was checked out on Dec. 2, 1941 -- five days ...Read more

Couple's pregnancy announcement with 452 IVF needles goes viral

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THE WOODLANDS, Texas (UPI) -- A Texas couple's pregnancy announcement after a long struggle with fertility issues featured their 452 IVF needles -- and two onesies for their coming twins.

Lauren Walker, 28, announced in a Facebook post, which has since gone viral, that she and her high school sweetheart, Garyt, are expecting twins after years ...Read more

Rutgers apologizes to students booted from job fair for violating dress code

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NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (UPI) -- Rutgers University on Friday apologized to students who were turned away from a career fair for dress code violations, including blue suits and brown shoes.

Business School Dean Lei Lei issued a written apology after an estimated 40 students were turned away from a Feb. 10 job fair for violating the event's ...Read more

VIDEO: dog joyfully teaches herself how to sled down hill

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AURORA, Colo. (UPI) -- A fun-loving Colorado dog was caught on camera teaching herself how to sled after watching her human friends ride down hill.

The video, posted to YouTube by user A Day, shows Lacey the dog dragging her sled to the top of a small hill.

The dog jumps onto the sled, riding a short distance down the hill until she falls off....Read more

Restaurant offers family five percent discount for polite children

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ROME (UPI) -- The owner of a restaurant in Italy discounted a family's bill due to their children's polite behavior.

Antonio Ferrari shared a photo of the family's bill which included a five percent discount for "bimbi educati," or polite children.

"It's just so unusual!" Ferrari said.

Ferrari said the behavior of the table of 11, which ...Read more

VIDEO: Train's dashboard camera captures motorcycle's demise, rider's near miss

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BALLAN, Australia (UPI) -- An Australian train driver's camera captured the moment a train plowed into a motorcycle after its owner narrowly jumped out of the way.

Colin Sharp, a driver for Victoria regional train operator V/Line, affixed a dashboard camera to the front of the train that was recorded last month on the Ballarat line near Ballan,...Read more

British inventor creates 'Fire tornado firework launcher'

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DOVER, England (UPI) -- British inventor and YouTube star Colin Furze created a device to launch fireworks using a massive cylinder of fire.

Furze built the 20-foot tall "Fire Tornado Firework Launcher" or giant, spiny, cagey, turny, fiery thing, as he called it in the video, to celebrate his YouTube channel surpassing 4 million ...Read more

VIDEO: Hammerhead shark tries to eat video camera in the Bahamas

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GREAT BAHAMA, Bahamas (UPI) -- A visitor to the Bahamas captured footage of a hammerhead shark mistaking his GoPro for a tasty morsel and trying to eat the camera.

The video, posted to YouTube by user warrenlst, shows underwater footage of the hammerhead eating among a group of nurse sharks and other fish.

The shark, searching for food tossed ...Read more

13-year-old Palestinian 'Spider Boy' sets contortion world record

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AMMAN, Jordan (UPI) -- A 13-year-old boy from Palestine set a world record for his superior skills as a contortionist.

Mohammed Alsheikh, known as "Spider Boy," ran his legs around his own body 38 times to claim the Guinness World Record for Most full body revolutions maintaining a chest stand in one minute.

Alsheikh toppled the ...Read more

VIDEO: Impatient dog left in car honks horn for owner to hurry up

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GROVE CITY, Ohio (UPI) -- An Ohio couple captured video of an impatient dog barking and honking a car horn to get his owner to hurry up outside of a Subway.

Tim and Yvonne Blankenship said they stopped at the Subway in Grove City for some lunch when they spotted a dog sitting in the driver's seat of a parked car.

The dog was impatiently ...Read more

Florida golf course recommends umbrellas to ward off dive-bombing hawks

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ORLANDO, Fla. (UPI) -- A Florida golf course posted signs advising golfers to carry umbrellas to ward off attacks from territorial hawks.

The Orange Tree Golf Club in Orlando said nesting hawks have been known to attack members in some areas of the course around this time of year, and one golfer has already had to get stitches this year after ...Read more

Scottish brewery offers 'paw-ternity' leave for employees with puppies

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ABERDEENSHIRE, Scotland (UPI) -- A Scottish brewery has instituted a new policy offering "puppy parental leave" for employees raising young dogs.

BrewDog brewery announced the "paw-ternity" policy that provides all employees with one week off when they bring home a new puppy.

"BrewDog was started by two men and one dog in 2007," the brewery ...Read more

Recycling plant worker finds $100,000 stashed inside 30-year-old TV

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BARRIE, Ontario (UPI) -- A worker at an Ontario recycling plant opened up an old TV set and made a shocking discovery -- more than $100,000 cash.

Rick Deschamps, general manager of Global Electric Electronic Processing in Barrie, said the TV was brought to the facility over a year ago, but a worker just started disassembling it in late January....Read more

VIDEO: Woman hits half court shot, gets proposal from Dunkin' Donuts mascot

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LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. (UPI) -- A woman's boyfriend proposed to her while wearing a Dunkin' Donuts mascot costume moments after she made a half court shot.

The unusual sequence of events took place during halftime of a Siena College men's basketball game in Albany, N.Y. on Thursday night when Erin Tobin, 30, took to the court to attempt a half court...Read more

Seattle police officer sends Uber driver a selfie to encourage return of lost purse

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SEATTLE (UPI) -- A Seattle Uber driver who refused to return a purse left behind by a passenger changed his mind quickly when a police officer sent him a selfie.

Eric Michl of the Seattle Police Department said he was contacted by a woman on Capitol Hill about 2 a.m. Sunday who said she'd left her purse, which contained her wallet and ID, in an...Read more

Woman dons disguise to monitor best friend's first date

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WASHINGTON (UPI) -- A dedicated woman donned an elaborate disguise to keep a watchful eye over her best friend's first date.

Twitter user Dawsyn Eubanks shared photos of her friend Georgia Hoyer dressed in a hooded sweatshirt, sunglasses and a fake mustache, as she sat behind Eubanks in a restaurant where she was having a first date.

"When ...Read more

11-foot python found hiding in car outside Florida home

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DAVIE, Fla. (UPI) -- Police in Florida helped remove a massive python found hiding inside the engine of a resident's vehicle.

The Davie Police Department shared a photo of the 11-foot long reticulated python after a college student discovered the large snake crawling underneath his roommate's car.

"I'm used to seeing snakes, but nothing that ...Read more

Florida woman calls 911 after being locked inside CVS

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ST. CLOUD, Fla. (UPI) -- A Florida woman said she was preparing to check out at her local CVS when she discovered she was alone and locked inside the store.

Christian Hathaway said the lights were on and the music was still playing inside the St. Cloud store about 9 p.m. when she headed toward checkout with her items and noticed she was alone ...Read more