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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 daily summary of activity at 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 ...

Apr 15, 2016

Dethroned Puerto Rico beauty queen files $3 million lawsuit

A beauty queen who was dethroned as Puerto Rico’s representative at this year’s Miss Universe contest after organizers accused her of having an attitude problem is taking her fight to court. Kristhielee Caride filed a $3 million lawsuit Thursday in which she demands the ...

Swedes invite world to call random citizens on new hotline

Apr 8, 2016

Swedes invite world to call random citizens on new hotline

Ever felt like calling up a complete stranger in Sweden? Now is your chance. The Swedish Tourist Association has set up a hotline that lets callers worldwide “get connected to a random Swede.” On its website, the nonprofit group says the idea is “to ...

Man scales cliff to propose to girlfriend, needs helicopter rescue

Apr 8, 2016

Man scales cliff to propose to girlfriend, needs helicopter rescue

As marriage proposals go, Michael Banks’ was a cliff-hanger. Banks, 27, scaled 600-foot Morro Rock just off California’s Central Coast early Thursday morning to propose to his girlfriend, who was watching via FaceTime video. The good news: Banks’ girlfriend said yes, according to Morro ...

Mar 25, 2016

Seattle tree-sitter booked into jail

A man who transfixed Seattle and the Internet by perching near the top of an 80-foot (24-meter) tree in the city for more than a day has been booked into jail for investigation of malicious mischief. Seattle police on Thursday identified the man as ...

Mar 24, 2016

Snakes plus sushi equals felony for Los Angeles man

Sometimes when you get into an argument with the staff at a sushi restaurant, you just want to go back and set a giant snake loose. Well, that’s what Hiroshi Motohashi is accused of doing. Motohashi, 46, tucked into $200 (about ¥22,550) worth of ...