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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 ...

Tree climber disrupts Seattle traffic

Mar 23, 2016

Tree climber disrupts Seattle traffic

Police were trying to coax a man out of a sequoia tree in downtown Seattle after he climbed nearly to the top on Tuesday, disrupting traffic. Police say someone called 911 after 11 a.m. to report a man in the conifer next to Macy’s ...

Mar 20, 2016

Young Austrians set TV-watching record with 92-hour binge

Five young Austrians have broken the record for binge-watching TV by staring at a screen for 92 straight hours, organizers said Sunday. “Towards the end it was really tough for them,” said Moritz Arnold, who organized the successful record-breaking attempt in the window of ...