Showing posts with label weird news 2 February 2021. Show all posts
Showing posts with label weird news 2 February 2021. Show all posts
Snowy owl visits New York's Central Park for first time since 1890

Snowy owl visits New York's Central Park for first time since 1890

 

Snowy owl visits New York's Central Park for first time since 1890

Bird watching experts said a snowy owl that drew crowds of onlookers to New York's Central Park is the first member of its species to be spotted in the area since 1890.

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The snowy owl, a species typically found much further north in Arctic regions, drew crowds of onlookers to Central Park on Wednesday when photos of the avian started appearing on social media.


Experts said Wednesday marked the first time a snowy owl had been seen in Central Park since 1890. They said the owls sometimes venture south in search of prey and are occasionally seen in the Long Island area.


The NYC Audubon conservation group celebrated the bird's arrival in the park and urged onlookers to make sure not to disturb the owl.


"Owls are especially prone to disturbance in urban areas, from dogs, joggers, and fans. Please exercise caution, keep your distance, and model best birding behavior in their presence," the group tweeted.

Boy, 12, breaks Guinness record with 'Star Wars' Lego set

Boy, 12, breaks Guinness record with 'Star Wars' Lego set

Boy, 12, breaks Guinness record with 'Star Wars' Lego set

  A 12-year-old Lego enthusiast in Kentucky broke a Guinness World Record by building a Star Wars Millennium Falcon micro fighter kit in under 2 minutes.

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Guinness said Haddon Haste, 12, of Louisville, assembled the Millennium Falcon micro fighter kit in 1 minute, 59.72 seconds, setting a record for the fastest time to build the model.


Matthew Haste, the boy's father, said Haddon wanted to break a Guinness World Record while stuck at home amid the COVID-19 pandemic and found a record that combined his love of Lego building with his love of Star Wars.


"I am proud of my son for his hard work on this record attempt and I am grateful for your organization for encouraging him to pursue something meaningful in the midst of an otherwise difficult year," Matthew Haste told Guinness officials.

Freddy the Great Dane, tallest dog in world, dead at 8 1/2

Freddy the Great Dane, tallest dog in world, dead at 8 1/2

Freddy the Great Dane, tallest dog in world, dead at 8 1/2

 Freddy, a Great Dane known as the tallest dog in the world, has died.


Guinness World Records, which conferred the tallest-dog honor on Freddy in 2016, announced Freddy's passing in a press release Wednesday. He was 8 1/2.

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When measured by a veterinarian and the book's editor-in-chief, Freddy stood 3 feet, 4 inches "from foot to withers" -- the withers being the tallest part of a dog's shoulder.


Standing on his hind legs, he was 7 feet, 5 1/2 inches tall.


"He was not just the tallest dog but the dog with the most love and the biggest heart. A total soppy bugger who was hand fed," Freddy's owner, Claire Stoneman, told Guinness World Records.


Stoneman and Freddy lived in Essex, England.


According to Stoneman, Freddy was the runt of the litter who wasn't able to nurse from his mother, prompting her to adopt him "a couple of weeks earlier than I should have."


"I had no idea he was going to get this big at all," Stoneman said.


At the time Freddy was named the tallest dog in the world in 2016, Stoneman said it cost her about $123 a week to feed him a diet consisting of whole roast chickens and peanut butter on toast

Idaho man juggles on a balance board for over 2 hours

Idaho man juggles on a balance board for over 2 hours

 

Idaho man juggles on a balance board for over 2 hours

An Idaho man broke a Guinness World Record by juggling three balls for 2 hours, 39 minutes and 56 seconds while standing on a balance board

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David Rush, who has broken more than 150 Guinness World Records to promote STEM education, said juggling comes naturally to him, since he has broken several juggling world records and practices the skill for at least a couple hours each week -- often while running.


Rush said keeping his balance on the board, which rocks back and forth atop a cylinder, was the more difficult part of the challenge, as the cylinder would eventually move to where it was no longer perpendicular with the board.


The record-breaking enthusiast ended with a time of 2 hours, 39 minutes and 56 seconds, enough to beat the previous record of 1 hour and 2 minutes.