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Hungry alligator steals Florida man's golf ball

Hungry alligator steals Florida man's golf ball

 

Hungry alligator steals Florida man's golf ball

A Florida golfer ended up finding and exception to the "play it as it lies" rule when an alligator grabbed his ball in its mouth and swam away.

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Marc Goldstein said he was playing Monday at the Pelican Sound Golf Club in Estero when an errant shot left his ball rolling toward a pond.


Goldstein said he arrived at the pond and ended up getting his phone out to record video when he saw the ball was in the mouth of an alligator.


The video shows the gator holding the ball in its mouth for a few minutes before swimming off with the pilfered item.

 

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Sheepdog sells for $38,893, breaks Guinness World Record

Sheepdog sells for $38,893, breaks Guinness World Record

 

Sheepdog sells for $38,893, breaks Guinness World Record

Guinness World Records announced a border collie named Kim sold for $38,893 at an auction, breaking the record for the world's most expensive sheepdog

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Guinness said Kim was auctioned online by Farmers Marts in Dolgellau, Wales, and fetched the steep price of $38,893, breaking the record previously set when a sheepdog named Henna sold for $26,088 at an October 2020 auction.


The record-keeping organization said Kim's high price is especially notable given that the auction occurred one day before the canine's first birthday. Dewi Jenkins, the farmer and competitive sheepdog trainer who raised Kim, said she already has the intelligence of a 3-year-old sheepdog.


"She was doing everything -- she worked cattle and sheep, she was ready for any trials or farm work for anybody," Jenkins said.

 

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Crocodile undergoes surgery to remove shoe from stomach in Florida

Crocodile undergoes surgery to remove shoe from stomach in Florida

 

Crocodile undergoes surgery to remove shoe from stomach in Florida

A crocodile from a Florida zoo underwent surgery to remove a shoe swallowed by the reptile when it fell from a zipliner's foot.

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The University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine said the 11-foot crocodile was brought to the facility Feb. 5, after ingesting a shoe that fell from a zipliner's foot at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park.


Veterinarians said the croc had originally thrown up the shoe, but ate it a second time. Vets attempted to get the crocodile to vomit again, but without success.


The 341-pound crocodile ended up undergoing a gastrotomy surgical procedure to remove the footwear from its stomach.


The crocodile, named Anuket, was kept overnight for supervision and is now recovering in its enclosure at the zoo.

 

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World's longest hockey game ends after 252 hours in Canada

World's longest hockey game ends after 252 hours in Canada

World's longest hockey game ends after 252 hours in Canada

 A group of 40 people in Alberta, Canada, announced they have completed their attempt at the world's longest hockey game, which lasted 252 hours.

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The organizers of the event at an outdoor rink in the Edmonton area said the game, which began Feb. 4, ended with a score of 2,649 goals for "Team Cure" and 2,528 for "Team Hope."


The hockey game raised more than $1.4 million, surpassing a $1.2 million goal. The money will be used to fund cancer research at the University of Alberta.


Players said earlier in the game that they were struggling with extreme cold temperatures that caused pucks to shatter and sticks to break.


"This was definitely the coldest game we've ever seen," organizer Kate Gallagher told CBC News. "It was all part of the adventure. The players were troopers. They were warriors."


Organizers said evidence from the game is now being submitted to Guinness World Records for official verification as the world's longest hockey game.

 

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20-foot-2-inch bear made from roses breaks Guinness record

20-foot-2-inch bear made from roses breaks Guinness record

 


A decoration at a wedding vow renewal ceremony for 108 couples in China broke a Guinness World Record for the world's largest rose bear -- a 20-foot-2-inch bear made from roses.

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China Regenerative Medicine International Limited, which hosted the socially distanced ceremony for 108 couples in Wanning City, Hainan Province, said the giant rose bear was constructed from 48,000 real roses attached to a metal wire frame.


The bear measured 15 feet and 10 inches long, 12 feet and 10 inches wide, and 20 feet and 2 inches tall.


The group said the roses on the 7-ton bear will be replaced with fake flowers as they begin to wilt so the sculpture can remain on display.

 

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10 apartments evacuated when venomous snake escapes terrarium

10 apartments evacuated when venomous snake escapes terrarium


 Firefighters in Germany said 10 apartments were evacuated in a building in which a venomous snake escaped from its terrarium.

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The Cologne Fire Department said the South African coral snake, a small but venomous reptile species, was noticed missing early Monday morning by its owner, who alerted the authorities.


The fire department evacuated 10 apartments in the building while a search was conducted for the wayward reptile.


Firefighters said there was concern that the snake could end up outdoors, where cold temperatures would likely send it into a hibernation-like state.


The department announced about three hours after the search began that the snake had been captured in a food-baited trap and returned to its terrarium. The building's residents were allowed to return to their homes.

 

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Family on fishing boat rescues kangaroo struggling to swim

Family on fishing boat rescues kangaroo struggling to swim

 

Family on fishing boat rescues kangaroo struggling to swim

A family fishing on a charter boat in Western Australia encountered a kangaroo struggling to swim and ended up towing the marsupial back to dry land.

 

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John Taylor, of Madfish Charters in Denmark, Western Australia, said he and his family were fishing at the Wilson Inlet when they encountered a kangaroo that appeared to be struggling with the waves.

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Kangaroos are known to be good swimmers, but experts said they have trouble in waters prone to waves.


Taylor said the family decided to step in after seeing the kangaroo's head repeatedly dip under the water.


Taylor said he was able to grab hold of the kangaroo and tow it back to shore.


A video of the rescue was posted to Facebook by Madfish Charters.

Man with 1,925 pairs of cuff links earns Guinness World Record

Man with 1,925 pairs of cuff links earns Guinness World Record

 

Man with 1,925 pairs of cuff links earns Guinness World Record

An Ontario man with a collection of 1,925 unique pairs of cuff links is being recognized as a Guinness World Record holder after two years of working to verify his accomplishment.


Carl Moulton, pastor of Faith Wesleyan Church in Orangeville, said he received his certificate for having the world's largest collection of cuff links this week, two years after he initially applied for the record.

 

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Moulton said applying for the record turned out to be a more involved process than he expected.


"It's more than just sending in a letter and some pictures. I had to get a jeweler to come in and count them all, and the mayor of the town came and he counted and signed that he counted. The hardest part was I had to give a written description of every cuff link," Moulton told CHVM-FM.

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He said he's only been collecting cuff links for a few years.


"I started collecting cuff links about seven years ago. My daughter one day googled the largest collection in the world and she said, 'Dad you're not that far away from being the world record holder,' so I thought let's go for it then," he said.


The pastor said he feels his collection is now complete.


"I probably have closer to 3,000 now because I bought somebody's collection that was 550 in October. But now that I got the certificate, I'm done," he said.

Late businessman's dog inherits $5 million

Late businessman's dog inherits $5 million

 

Late businessman's dog inherits $5 million

A Tennessee dog is living the comfortable life after inheriting $5 million from her late owner, who stipulated in his will that his money should go to his pet.

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Lulu, an 8-year-old border collie, was named in the will of owner Bill Dorris, a Nashville businessman who died late last year at age 84.


Martha Burton, 88, a neighbor who often cared for Lulu while Dorris was away, was named as the canine's caretaker in Dorris' will, which states Burton will be reimbursed for "reasonable" monthly expenses.


"I don't really know what to think about it to tell you the truth. He just really loved the dog," Burton told WTVF-TV.


Burton said she is perfectly happy to act as Lulu's caretaker.


"She's a good girl," she said.

Canadian gardener's 63.9-pound turnip breaks Guinness record

Canadian gardener's 63.9-pound turnip breaks Guinness record

 

Canadian gardener's 63.9-pound turnip breaks Guinness record

A Canadian farmer broke a Guinness World Record when he grew a 63.9-pound turnip in his garden.

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Damien Allard of Carleton-sur-Mer, Quebec, said he decided to take on the world record in 2016, when he grew a 15.4-pound turnip and discovered the world record has stood at 39 pounds since 2004.


Allard said he grew three turnips in late 2020 that all broke the record: a 50.49-pounder, a a 53.79-pound vegetable and the new record-holder, a 63.9-pound turnip.


Allard had his turnips officially weighed in November and Guinness confirmed this week that he was now the holder of the record for the world's heaviest turnip.

Driver breaks indoor land speed record in electric Porsche

Driver breaks indoor land speed record in electric Porsche

 

Driver breaks indoor land speed record in electric Porsche

A driver broke the indoor land speed world record when he reached a speed of 102.65 mph in his electric Porsche at a New Orleans convention center.

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Leh Keen, driving an all-electric Taycan Turbo S Porsche, said the car's quick acceleration and powerful brakes were crucial to setting the Guinness World Record for the fastest speed achieved by a vehicle indoors.


Keen said the most complicated part of the record was dealing with the polished concrete floor at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.


"I didn't really appreciate the scale of the record attempt until my first exploratory run. The surface is so unpredictable, so slick, that you have to have complete trust in your car," Keen said. "It truly was like ice -- and you're accelerating flat out, facing a really hard wall at the end. Suddenly, even in a massive space like the one we had, it seems very small."


He said despite the challenges, he was confident he would beat the record.


"To accelerate so hard on such an erratic surface was incredible. Not for a moment did I doubt I could do it," he said.


Keen's speed of 102.65 mph was enough to beat the previous record of 86.99 mph, which was set by Finnish driver Mikko Hirvonen in 2013.

Scientists share sound of 18,000-year-old wind instrument

Scientists share sound of 18,000-year-old wind instrument

 

Scientists share sound of 18,000-year-old wind instrument

An 18,000-year-old conch shell believed to be the world's oldest instrument of its type was played by a horn player for the first time in thousands of years as part of a study by French scientists.

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Researchers from France's National Center for Scientific Research, the Museum of Toulouse, the University of Toulouse and Quai Branly Museum teamed up to study the shell found at the Marsoulas Cave in the Pyrenees mountain range in 1931.


The scientists, who published their study in the journal Science Advances, said the tip of the conch shell is broken in a way that appears intentional to create a 1.4-inch diameter opening. The team said a study of the opening indicates a mouthpiece may have been attached to the instrument at some time in the past.


The scientists said carbon dating performed on charcoal and bear bone from the same cave indicate the shell is likely about 18,000 years old.


The team recruited a horn player who was able to make sounds with the shell resembling the notes C, C-sharp and D.


Gilles Tosello, co-author of the study and an archaeologist at the University of Toulouse, said the team has not yet determined whether the shell was meant to make music or whether the sounds it made were connected to other rituals.


"It could have been used as a communication tool," he told CNN.


Tosello said the scientists are now working on a 3D replica of the shell to learn more about the shell and the sounds it can make.

Woman finds rattlesnake guarding her food delivery

Woman finds rattlesnake guarding her food delivery

 

Woman finds rattlesnake guarding her food delivery

An Arizona woman's meal was delayed when she went out to her porch to retrieve a food delivery and found the bag being protected by a western diamondback rattlesnake.

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The Tucson woman contacted reptile relocation company Rattlesnake Solutions for help when she found the snake camped out right next to her Uber Eats delivery.


Rattlesnake Solutions trapper Dave Holland said the woman opened her door to find the snake "stretched out by her bag of food."


Holland snapped a photo when he arrived on the scene and posted it to the company's social media pages.


"She was startled by the snake's close proximity, but not as panicked as some are," Holland told McClatchy News. "We figured the snake froze by the mat or on it when the delivery person approached, and was not seen until the customer opened the door."


Holland said he captured the snake in a bucket and relocated it to a nearby desert with plenty of rats nearby for food.

Tour guide finds 42-year-old message in a bottle on Australian beach

Tour guide finds 42-year-old message in a bottle on Australian beach

 

Tour guide finds 42-year-old message in a bottle on Australian beach

An Australian man leading a tour group on a Western Australia beach discovered a message in a bottle dated from April 1979.

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Ashley McClintock said he was leading a quad bike tour at Wagoe Station, near Kalbarri, when he spotted what he initially thought was litter on the beach.


"I thought it was somebody's water bottle so I asked the last person in the group to pick it up," McClintock told The West Australian. "It turned out it was an old bottle with 'poison' written on it."


The bottle contained a water-damaged note on a piece of folded cardboard. The message was dated April 3, 1979, and signed by "I Cassidy."


"If this is found four years or more after it is sent reward will be offered. Contact address on other side. If it is found less than this, 50c for each year but please contact I Cassidy," the message reads.


The address on the other side was damaged by water, but appears to have listed a location in Geraldton or Carnarvon.


McClintock said he hopes Cassidy will hear the news of the bottle's discovery and get in touch.

Chicago man freezes pants to reserve parking spots

Chicago man freezes pants to reserve parking spots

 

Chicago man freezes pants to reserve parking spots

A Chicago man's unusual method of calling "dibs" on a parking space is gaining attention on social media after he perfected a method of freezing his pants so they stand on their own.

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Adam Selzer of West Ridge posted photos to Twitter showing him reserving a shoveled-out parking space using pairs of frozen pants that he shaped to stand up on their own. Reserving parking spaces is common in Chicago, with residents often using lawn chairs of traffic cones to mark the spots they shoveled.


"Polar vortex fun: pants with nobody inside them! Soak a pair, put outside. In about 20 minutes you can form them to shape, and in another 20 they're solid," Seltzer wrote in a Twitter post that has since gone viral.


Seltzer said he is now working on a method to complete the ensemble.


"The one thing I tried this time that I haven't before is I also froze a couple of shirts, so we'll see if this works," he told CBS Chicago



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Skinniest house in London' listed for $1.3 million

Skinniest house in London' listed for $1.3 million

 

Skinniest house in London' listed for $1.3 million

A 6-foot-wide home billed as "possibly the skinniest house in London" is being listed for sale online with an asking price of $1.3 million.

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Real estate agency Winkworth said the 1,034-square-foot home, which boasts five stories and a width of only 6 feet, is situated in the Shepherd's Bush area of west London and is comparable to the living quarters on a "luxury yacht."


The narrow home originally was a hat shop and converted into a home by fashion photographer Juergen Teller, Winkworth said.


"It's quirky and charming and great for entertaining and will appeal to someone who feels there is more to life than two up, two down," David Myers, the Winkworth agent handling the sale, told CNN.


"It started life as a hat shop, was converted by a fashion photographer -- the ultimate designer house."

Idaho man retakes Guinness record for throwing CDs into a target

Idaho man retakes Guinness record for throwing CDs into a target

 An Idaho man recaptured a Guinness World Record by throwing 50 CDs into a 12-inch target in 1 minute.

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David Rush, who has broken more than 150 Guinness World Records to promote STEM education, originally set the record in 2019 at Boise State University, where he managed to get 41 CDs into the target in 1 minute.

Idaho man retakes Guinness record for throwing CDs into a target


Rush's record was beaten by Jay Rawlings, who sank 46 CDs into the target in the allotted time.


The Idaho record-breaker recaptured the record with 50 CDs in one minute

Mississippi city offering remote workers $6,000 to relocate

Mississippi city offering remote workers $6,000 to relocate

 

Mississippi city offering remote workers $6,000 to relocate

A Mississippi city is offering remote workers $6,000 to move to the municipality, buy a home and remain for at least one year.

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Natchez Mayor Dan Gibson said the city's Shift South program is offering remote workers a one-time payment of $2,500 and a $300 monthly stipend for one year if they move to the city and buy a house worth at least $150,000.


"We are excited to be the first and only city in the Deep South to offer an incentive like this to remote workers," Gibson told CNN. "Our warm and friendly people, the [Mississippi] river at our feet, our history and our beautiful sunsets make Natchez a great city to call home."


The city said 30 slots are currently available to applicants who are employed as remote workers in the United States. The workers will be required to establish primary residency in Natchez.


"The pandemic has really been a wake-up call to what people have been feeling for a long time," Gibson said. "They're tired of the big cities, the high cost of living and the long commutes. With this offer, you can live in a beautiful, historic small town where everything is convenient and affordable."

Wallet lost 53 years ago in Antarctica returned to owner

Wallet lost 53 years ago in Antarctica returned to owner

 

Wallet lost 53 years ago in Antarctica returned to owner

A California man said he was shocked when the wallet he lost 53 years ago was returned to him after being found in the place were he lost it: Antarctica.

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Paul Grisham, of San Diego, said he doesn't remember losing his wallet while serving as a meteorologist in the U.S. Navy in Antarctica in October 1967, but the wallet found during the demolition of a building at McMurdo Station, the southernmost town on Earth, definitely used to be his.


New Hampshire man Stephen Decato, who formerly worked for an agency that does snow cap research in Antarctica, said his former boss got in touch last month to ask for his help finding the owners of two wallets found during the demolition of the McMurdo Station building.


Decato's daughter, Sarah Lindbergh, reached out to Bruce McKee of the Indiana Spirit of '45 nonprofit foundation.


McKee contacted Gary Cox of the Naval Weather Service Association for help finding the owner of the other wallet, and Cox was able to put the sleuths in touch with Grisham, who is a member of the organization.


Grisham said the wallet still contains his Navy ID, his driver's license, a tax statement, a recipe for homemade Kahlua, a beer ration punch card, receipts for money orders sent to his wife and a pocket reference card for what to do in the case of different disasters.


Indiana Spirit of '45 posted photos of the second wallet to Facebook and later was able to return it to the family of its owner, Paul Howard, who died in 2016.

92-year-old water skier dubbed world's oldest by Guinness

92-year-old water skier dubbed world's oldest by Guinness

92-year-old water skier dubbed world's oldest by Guinness

 An Ontario man with a lifetime of adventuring experience broke a Guinness World Record when he went water skiing at age 92.


Bob Hutchinson's record-breaking water skiing outing on Bella Lake in Ontario took place July 19, 2019, but his family only recently decided to apply for a Guinness World Record to honor the now-94-year-old.

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He was awarded the Guinness record for being the world's oldest water skier (male).


Hutchinson said he has been water skiing since he was 23 years old in 1949, when water skis and ropes were hard to come by.


"So, we made our own," Hutchinson recalled. "We used hemp ropes and braided them ourselves."


Hutchinson said the ensuing decades saw him take on adventures including heliskiing, white water canoeing and scuba diving.


He said despite his decades of experience, he was still a little nervous about water skiing at his advanced age.


"The most challenging part was thinking about it beforehand with the fear of failure even though I was sure that I could do it," he said.


Hutchinson said his family inspired him to take on the challenge.


"It is fun to show grandchildren and others that you can still do stuff no matter how old you are," he said.