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Texas woman and her Chewbacca mask go viral

A Texas woman found fame this week after filming a Facebook Live video of herself in an electronic Chewbacca mask that racked up over 50 million views in less than 24 hours. Candace Payne recorded the video in a department store parking lot on Thursday. Chewbacca is a furry fictional ...

In Iceland, don't mess with the elves

May 13, 2016

In Iceland, don't mess with the elves

Since the beginning of time, elves have been the stuff of legend in Iceland, but locals here will earnestly tell you that elves appear regularly to those who know how to see them. Construction sites have been moved so as not to disturb the ...

New York man wins $1 million lottery second time

May 12, 2016

New York man wins $1 million lottery second time

A New York construction worker who won $1 million in a lottery scratch-off game four years ago has defied enormous odds by hitting a $1 million jackpot again on a different game. But don’t call him lucky. After Bruce Magistro hit the jackpot the ...

30-year-old Siamese is world's oldest living cat

May 11, 2016

30-year-old Siamese is world's oldest living cat

A Siamese cat born during President Ronald Reagan’s administration has been named by Guinness World Records as the world’s oldest living cat. Guinness says Scooter celebrated his 30th birthday on March 26. He lives in Mansfield, Texas. Owner Gail Floyd attributes Scooter’s longevity to ...

May 10, 2016

Leaping sturgeon knocks boater unconscious on Florida river

Wildlife officials say a Florida man was knocked unconscious by a sturgeon that leapt into his boat on the Suwannee River during a fishing tournament. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said in a news release that 62-year-old Ronald Dick and his son ...

Pop went the weasel and down went the Large Hadron Collider

Apr 30, 2016

Pop went the weasel and down went the Large Hadron Collider

The world’s most powerful particle smasher, the Large Hadron Collider, went offline after a weasel caused a short circuit on a high-voltage transformer. The collider suffered a “severe electrical perturbation” at 5:30 a.m. Friday, the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) said in its ...

Apr 21, 2016

World's oldest message in a bottle returned to sender

A 108-year-old postcard offering a shilling in exchange for its return to an English marine research institute is now officially the world’s oldest message in a bottle after being recovered in Germany. The Plymouth Laboratory of the Marine Biological Association (MBA), which received the ...

Apr 17, 2016

Boaty McBoatface tops poll to name British polar research vessel

Boaty McBoatface has topped an online poll to name the U.K.’s newest polar research vessel, beating entries that honored scientists and explorers. Britain’s Natural Environment Research Council had asked for help finding a name that would reflect the £200 million ($284 million) ship’s mission ...