Colorado town pleads for return of stolen phone booth

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(UPI) Residents of a small Colorado town are pleading for the return of a stolen phone booth that served as the centerpiece of a public park for decades.

Cope residents Vickie Cecil and Lanny Payne said the phone booth was a major landmark in the town of about 56 people for some 50 years.

The booth, in its functioning years, originally sat ...Read more

Maryland man's $50,000 lottery ticket nearly ended up in the trash

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(UPI) A Maryland man who won a $50,000 lottery prize said the winning ticket nearly ended up being thrown in the trash before he realized it was a winner.

The 50-year-old Waldorf man, who chose to remain anonymous, told Maryland Lottery officials he bought a Fast Play Lucky Numbers ticket from the US Fuel gas station in Waldorf and initially ...Read more

Purdue researchers create the world's whitest paint

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(UPI) Researchers at Purdue University earned a Guinness World Record with an unusual development: the world's whitest paint.

Xiulin Ruan, a professor of mechanical engineering at the West Lafayette, Ind., school, said the original aim of the project was to create a paint that would reflect sunlight from a building and thereby lower energy ...Read more

High schoolers help police round up escaped goat herd in Colorado

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(UPI) Police in Colorado said some helpful high schoolers came to the assistance of an animal protection officer when a herd of goats got loose from a city park.

The Boulder Police Department said in a Facebook post that the goats were being used to get rid of weeds at Harlow Platts Park, but they got loose from their pen on Thursday when ...Read more

Gardener harvests 839 cherry tomatoes from a single stem

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(UPI) A British gardener harvested 839 tomatoes from a single stem -- nearly double the Guinness World Record.

Douglas Smith, 43, of Stanstead Abbotts, England, said he planted his seeds in March, and this month he harvested 839 tomatoes from a single stem, or truss.

Smith's harvest almost doubles the 448 grown on a single truss by Guinness ...Read more

Florida deputies chase down runaway boat off popular beach

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(UPI) Sheriff's deputies in Florida said it took some "teamwork by land, air and sea" to stop a runaway boat off the coast of a popular beach.

The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said in a Facebook post that deputies responded to calls about a "subject in the water" off Pass A Grill Beach and they arrived to find a man had been thrown from his...Read more

British scientist breaks two Guinness records for gymnastics

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(UPI) A British scientist with a passion for gymnastics put her skills to the test by breaking two Guinness World Records: most back somersault burpees in 30 seconds and fastest 100 meter forward rolls.

Bethany Lodge, a biotechnology researcher for an Oxford, England, firm, said she decided to take on the two records as a means of motivating ...Read more

Dog, three humans rescued from Colorado lake

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(UPI) Firefighters in Colorado rescued a dog trapped in the tall reeds of a lake the morning after rescuing three people who unsuccessfully attempted to reach the canine.

The Pueblo Fire Department said rescue crews were dispatched to Lake Minnequa on Wednesday evening to rescue three adults who became stuck in the lake while searching for the ...Read more

Stop for gas earns Maryland woman a $50,000 lottery prize

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(UPI) A Maryland woman said the arrival of her paycheck and a near-empty gas tank led to her winning a $50,000 lottery prize.

Brandy Hartman of Aberdeen told Maryland Lottery officials she and her husband stopped at the Royal Farms store in Aberdeen to fill up their gas tank, and while inside the store she decided to spend some of the paycheck ...Read more

Moose relocated after wandering into traffic, hitting car

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(UPI) A moose was safely relocated after wandering into a Massachusetts city, running into traffic and hitting a car.

Drivers in Worcester said they spotted the moose charging through traffic Wednesday morning.

"I look in my rearview, and there's a moose that just literally ran right behind my car," Casey Thomas told WBTS-TV. I called 911 ...Read more

Disney fan's 'Cars' collection earns Guinness World Record

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(UPI) A Mexican fan of the Disney-Pixar film Cars earned a Guinness World Record by collecting 1,200 pieces of memorabilia from the movie.

Jorge Arias of Mexico City said his collection of items related to the 2006 animated comedy began when his daughter asked him to buy toys of some of the characters so she could play with a neighbor.

Arias ...Read more

Lamb on the loose at the University of Utah

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(UPI) A lamb brought to the University of Utah as a research animal is on the loose after escaping during its delivery to the school.

University officials said the ewe was one of five lambs brought to the James L. Sorenson Molecular Biotechnology Building, where researchers use lambs to study the infectious disease malaria.

The lamb broke away...Read more

Winnie-the-Pooh's cottage available for rental stays in England

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(UPI) A cottage inspired by the home of Winnie-the-Pooh is available for rent in England to celebrate the beloved character's 95th anniversary celebration.

The "Bearbnb" cottage, a partnership between Disney and Airbnb, was designed in East Sussex's Ashdown Forest by Kim Raymond, an artist who has been drawing Pooh for 30 years.

Raymond said ...Read more

Two escaped zebras captured after wandering into Wisconsin road

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(UPI) Sheriff's deputies in Wisconsin responded to an unusual situation when multiple 911 callers reported a pair of loose zebras walking down the middle of a road.

The Outagamie County Sheriff's Office said the two zebras were rounded up after being spotted on a Seymour-area road.

David Haupt, one of the 911 callers, captured video when he ...Read more

Snake knocks out power for entire North Carolina town

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(UPI) Utility officials in North Carolina said a snake was responsible for a substation fire that left an entire town and the surrounding area without power.

Duke Energy said more than 1,400 customers in Denton and the surrounding area were without electricity Wednesday morning after a snake came into contact with equipment at a substation, ...Read more

Scooter-riding dog and cat duo earn Guinness World Record

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(UPI) A pair of Canadian pets with a unique hobby set a Guinness World Record for the fastest 5 meters on a scooter by a dog and cat.

Melissa Millett, 40, a professional dog trainer in Ontario, said 5-year-old Boston terrier Lollipop and 7-year-old Bengal cat Sashimi formed a close friendship when they were very young.

Millett said she trained...Read more

Australians win $733,000 lottery jackpot while on vacation

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(UPI) An Australian couple said they will never forget their recent vacation after a lottery ticket they picked up during the holiday earned them a jackpot of more than $700,000.

The Logan, Queensland, couple, who chose to remain anonymous, told The Lott officials they were on vacation in Cairns when they bought ticket for Monday night's Monday...Read more

Metal detector hobbyist finds class ring lost 10 years earlier in New York

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(UPI) A New York state man using his metal detector on the grounds of a high school unearthed a class ring that turned out to have been lost at a soccer game 10 years earlier.

Metal detector hobbyist Kris Haskins said he was treasure hunting at LaFargeville Central School when he found a class ring that belonged to a member of the school's ...Read more

'Frankenstein' first edition sells for a record $1.17 million at auction

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(UPI) A first edition of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein set a new world record for a printed work by a woman when it was auctioned for $1.17 million.

The three-volume copy of Frankenstein, which still bears its original boards from its 1818 printing, had been projected to sell for $200,000 to $300,000 by auction house Christie's, but the sale ...Read more

WATCH: Bears take a dip in Massachusetts family's inflatable pool

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(UPI) A Massachusetts man captured video of a family of bears that dropped by his back yard to take a dip in a wading pool and play on the swing set.

Mike Lafond captured video when he spotted three bears playing in the inflatable pool behind his Westfield home.

The bears' rowdy antics apparently caused the pool to deflate.

The animals ...Read more