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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 ...

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 ...