Tennessee man catches, releases massive paddlefish

Tennessee man catches, releases massive paddlefish

 Tennessee man catches, releases massive paddlefish


A Tennessee man reeled in a massive paddlefish that he said may have broken records if he hadn't released it without weighing it.

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Robert Livingston shared video and photos of the American paddlefish, also known as a spoonbill, he reeled in while fishing with a friend on Cherokee Lake.


Livingston said he initially thought he had hooked a catfish and was surprised to see it was a paddlefish, a species he said is difficult to catch with the type of hook he was using.


"You can only catch them by accident unless you snag them," he told WBIR-TV. "This one, it just swam by and caught my hook right in the corner of its mouth. It was barely hooked, just a small portion of its cheek. Get it in the boat and I grab it and the hook actually falls out into the water."


Livingston said he is sure the fish would have out-weighed the 104-pound state record for the species, but he released the fish without weighing it.


"I know for a fact it would have broke the state record and been very close to the world at 151 pounds," Livingston told WZTV.


The angler said he didn't have any way of bringing the giant fish back to shore without killing it.


"People keep dogging me for not taking it home, and the people who are avid fishermen are like I did the right thing," Livingston said. "I would hate to catch the fish of a lifetime and then say, 'Yeah, I killed it.' It's there swimming around so maybe one day somebody else will catch it."

Man breaks world record for eating Carolina reaper chili peppers

Man breaks world record for eating Carolina reaper chili peppers

 

Man breaks world record for eating Carolina reaper chili peppers

A Canadian man with a love for spicy food broke a Guinness World Record by eating three Carolina reaper chili peppers -- the hottest chili peppers in the world -- in under 10 seconds.

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Guinness shared video of Mike Jack downing the three peppers in 9.72 seconds during his attempt in London, Ontario.


The record-keeping organization said the rules required each pepper to weigh at least 0.18 ounces.


Jack also had to provide a certificate verifying the chili peppers he ate during the attempt were in fact Carolina reapers.

Website offers $3,000 for 'Sleeping Beauty' to test out mattresses

Website offers $3,000 for 'Sleeping Beauty' to test out mattresses

Website offers $3,000 for 'Sleeping Beauty' to test out mattresses

 A mattress reviewing platform said it is seeking "a real-life Sleeping Beauty" to get paid $3,000 to test out mattresses.

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SleepJunkie.com said the chosen candidate "will be paid to sleep on the job" by trying three top-rated mattresses in a two-month period and writing detailed reviews of each experience.


The "Sleeping Beauty" will be paid $3,000 for the mattress testing job, as well as being allowed to keep the mattress of their choice at the end of their duties.


"To be the right fit for the role you will need to be a self-starter, available to work immediately and independently, have clear writing skills, good evaluation skills and be exceptionally good at sleeping," the website said.


The posting does reveal one catch to the deal: "Our Sleeping Beauty will also have to be able to sleep alone to ensure an undisturbed night's sleep."


Applications are being accepted on the website.

Class ring lost 32 years ago found for sale on eBay

Class ring lost 32 years ago found for sale on eBay

 

Class ring lost 32 years ago found for sale on eBay

A Maine man who lost his high school class ring in 1989 was reunited with the long-lost object after it was spotted for sale on eBay.

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Richard Skinner of Meddybemps said he lost his class ring from Woodland High School in Baileyville less than a year after his 1989 graduation.


"It was on my finger one day and we were running around out goofing around somewhere and I noticed it missing," Skinner told WCSH-TV.


Skinner said he never knew what happened to his ring, until someone from the Woodland High School alumni page on Facebook revealed an anonymous woman had spotted a 1989 Woodland class ring for sale on eBay.


Sarah Craighead Dedman, an editor with the Machias Valley News Observer, contacted Goodwill Northern New England, which was selling the ring on eBay, to tell them about the ring's owner.


The eBay listing was voluntarily removed and the ring was returned to Skinner.


"It's really rare we can reunite an item like this with a person," said Heather Steeves, spokeswoman for Goodwill Northern New England. "There are thousands of donations and we're just so happy that we can do the right thing and get it to him."


Skinner said the ring's return comes as his daughter is preparing to graduate later this year from Woodland High School.


"The ring means a lot to me because my mother purchased it for me my senior year and passed away of bone cancer two years later so I am glad to have it back," he said.

GoPro camera recovered after six years under water in Hawaii

GoPro camera recovered after six years under water in Hawaii

GoPro camera recovered after six years under water in Hawaii

 A volunteer assisting with an underwater clean-up operation in Hawaii discovered a GoPro camera with a memory card that still worked after six years on the bottom of the ocean.

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Rose Zhang, a volunteer with the nonprofit Ocean Defenders Alliance, said she was participating in a clean-up operation near the Spitting Caves on the South Side of Oahu when she came across a GoPro camera that was still sealed in its waterproof case.


Zhang discovered the files on the memory card still worked, and she posted the last video from the camera to Facebook in the hopes of finding its owner.


The video showed the camera's owner Nainoa Kamai, and some friends jumping into the water from the Spitting Caves rocks in 2014, when he was 18.


"I started getting a bunch of messages of this video of me from seven years ago and I was like what is this? I clicked on it and I was like, 'No way somebody found the GoPro,'" Kamai told KHON-TV.


Kamai said the camera had been a gift from his mother just a few days before he lost it.


Zhang visited Kamai's work Jan. 19 to return the camera in person.


Kamai said he has since gotten a replacement GoPro, but he is planning to get a new battery for the old camera to see if it still works after six years under water.

Man catches 54 pieces of popcorn in his mouth in one minute

Man catches 54 pieces of popcorn in his mouth in one minute

Man catches 54 pieces of popcorn in his mouth in one minute

 A pair of Idaho men broke a Guinness World Record when one used both hands to throw popcorn that the other caught in his mouth.

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David Rush, who has broken more than 150 Guinness records to promote STEM education, teamed up with neighbor Jonathan Hannon to break the record for most popcorn thrown and then caught with the mouth in one minute (team of two).


Hannon, who is ambidextrous, threw popcorn with both hands and Rush caught the flying snacks in his mouth.


The men managed 54 catches in one minute, beating the previous record of 37, which was set in 2016 by Ashrita Furman and Bipin Larkin.


Rush said the most difficult part of the record was predicting where the lightweight popcorn would go when thrown. He said the stickiness of the popcorn also led to "a few errant throws."

Loose cow in Massachusetts captured after six months

Loose cow in Massachusetts captured after six months

Loose cow in Massachusetts captured after six months

 A cow that was on the loose in a Massachusetts town for more than six months was finally lured into a trailer and will receive a new home at a sanctuary

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Dartmouth Animal Control said the black cow escaped from a farm in Westport last June and repeatedly evaded capture by fleeing into wooded areas.


"Unless we get people calling us and letting us know where this cow is going, I really can't do anything," Animal Control officer Sandra Gosselin told the Dartmouth Week in June. "It's like looking for a needle in a haystack."


Local resident Cara Xavier said the cow spent many of the ensuing months wandering on her property, which is set back in a wooded area.


"My house is set way back in the woods, and the only other house back here is my sister's," Xavier told South Coast Today. "My 21-month-old would look out the window for it and my sister's 3 1/2-year-old twins would also look for it."


Animal Control said the Westport farmer relinquished his rights to the cow and has since moved away from the area.


The cow was captured in a trailer at the end of a month-long operation.


"After a month long project to try and capture the cow, it was finally lured into a trailer that they have placed on my property," Xavier said. "It was quite the endeavor that involved cameras and trap doors and many nighttime stakeouts from the Dartmouth Animal Control."


Animal Control said the cow will stay at a Dartmouth farm temporarily before moving to a permanent home at an animal sanctuary.

Oklahoma bill would establish a Bigfoot hunting season

Oklahoma bill would establish a Bigfoot hunting season

Oklahoma bill would establish a Bigfoot hunting season

 An Oklahoma state representative introduced a bill that would establish a hunting season for one of the state's most infamous species of alleged native wildlife: Bigfoot.

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Rep. Justin Humphrey, R-District 19, introduced a bill to the state legislature that would call on the Oklahoma Wildlife Commission to designate a Bigfoot hunting season.


The mythical ape has been the subject of numerous sightings in southern Oklahoma for years, and the region hosts an annual Bigfoot festival for fans of the cryptid.


"The Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commission shall promulgate rules establishing a Bigfoot hunting season. The Commission shall set annual season dates and create any necessary specific hunting licenses and fees," the bill states.


The bill, if passed by the legislature and signed by the governor, would take effect Nov. 1.

Inventor unveils airbag jeans to protect motorcyclists in crashes

Inventor unveils airbag jeans to protect motorcyclists in crashes

 

Inventor unveils airbag jeans to protect motorcyclists in crashes

A designer of safety equipment for motorcyclists unveiled his latest invention: jeans fitted with airbags to prevent leg injuries in crashes.

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Moses Shahrivar, who has been designing motorcycle safety jeans since partnering with Harley-Davidson Sweden 16 years ago, said his latest invention uses similar technology to airbag-equipped vests that are currently on the market for protecting a rider's chest, back and neck in a crash.


The jeans, which Shahrivar demonstrated in a YouTube video posted to the official account of his Mo'Cycle brand, are tethered to the rider's motorcycle, and when the tether is pulled airbags deploy up and down the wearer's legs to cushion an impact.


Only one prototype of the Airbag Inside Sweden AB jeans currently exists, but Shahrivar is in the process of getting the jeans certified to European Union health and safety standards and hopes to bring them to market in 2022.

British company creates world's largest protein bar

British company creates world's largest protein bar

 

British company creates world's largest protein bar

A sports nutrition company in Britain set a Guinness World Record by creating a protein bar weighing nearly 530 pounds.

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Grenade, a brand based in Solihull, England, unveiled a giant version of its Carb Killa Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough protein bar that weighs a total 526 pounds, 9 ounces.


The giant bar is the equivalent of 3,716 of the regular-sized protein bars. It measures 5 feet, 10.9 inches long and 2 feet wide.


Guinness said the giant snack, created to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Carb Killa product line, set a new record for the world's largest protein bar.

Company seeking paid 'candyologists' to taste test candy

Company seeking paid 'candyologists' to taste test candy

Company seeking paid 'candyologists' to taste test candy

 A Canadian company is seeking full-time and part-time "candyologists" to serve as taste testers for the company's confections

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Candy Funhouse, based in Mississauga, Ontario, said the remote working positions offer $47 an hour to sample and review some of the company's 3,000 candy and chocolate treats.


"Candidates should have enthusiasm and eagerness to try confectionary products," the job posting states. "We are looking for honest and objective opinions on the products that will be taste tested."


Applications are being accepted online through Feb. 15.

Airplane wheel crashes down in Chicago neighborhood

Airplane wheel crashes down in Chicago neighborhood

 

Airplane wheel crashes down in Chicago neighborhood

Authorities in Chicago confirmed a wheel fell off a small plane over the city and landed in the front yard of a resident's home

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The Chicago Department of Aviation said a single-engine Pilatus PC-12 plane was noticed shooting off sparks as it landed Thursday evening at O'Hare International Airport. After it safely came to a stop, officials noted the landing gear assembly from the left side of the aircraft was missing.


Police, meanwhile, responded to the Jefferson Park neighborhood on reports airplane landing gear having fallen on the residential area.


Neighbors said the wheel made a loud noise as it crashed to the ground in a resident's front yard, between the house and another home.


Residents said no one was injured by the wheel and there were no reports of significant property damage.


The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board said they opened an investigation into the incident.

Goats wander into Utah elementary school

Goats wander into Utah elementary school

Goats wander into Utah elementary school

 A Utah school district shared photos from an elementary school that received an unusual visit from a pair of escaped goats.
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The Granite School District said in a Facebook post that the two goats wandered into Morningside Elementary School on Thursday from a nearby property.

District spokesman Ben Horsley said the goats belong to a woman who lives nearby the school.

Animal control officers responded to the scene and were able to return the goats to their owner.