Aug 28, 2014

Shaun the sheep, when shorn, may turn out to be world's woolliest

Two Australian farmers may have found the world’s woolliest sheep, whose estimated 25-kg (55-pound) coat, if confirmed, could shatter the world record, currently held by New Zealand. Shaun the sheep was found on Sunday wandering in a country area near the town of Oatlands, ...

Heat wave sweeps Japan; many areas log hottest day of summer

Jul 23, 2014

Heat wave sweeps Japan; many areas log hottest day of summer

Temperatures soared across the country on Wednesday with highs for this summer recorded in many areas, the weather agency said. The Meteorological Agency issued heat wave advisories in more than 16 prefectures, warning of dehydration and encouraging the use of air conditioning. Several hundred ...

U.S. conjoined brothers aim for age record

Jul 5, 2014

U.S. conjoined brothers aim for age record

Ohio brothers hoping to be recognized this year as the world’s oldest conjoined twins planned to celebrate Saturday as they hit a milestone they have been looking forward to for years. Donnie and Ronnie Galyon of Beavercreek were to be 62 years, 8 months ...

At 116, woman is named the oldest American

Jul 5, 2014

At 116, woman is named the oldest American

A woman in Arkansas celebrated her 116th birthday Friday with cake, a party and a new title — she is now officially the oldest confirmed living American and second-oldest person in the world, the Gerontology Research Group said. Gertrude Weaver spent her birthday at ...

Tiny fowl gains fans in Malaysia

Jun 22, 2014

Tiny fowl gains fans in Malaysia

Marching imperiously with a puffed-out chest and soldier’s ramrod posture, Mohamad Hatta Yahaya’s tiny chicken strutted its rich yellow plumage for a stone-faced judge. “Yes my hero, puff out your chest!” Mohamad Hatta cried out above the din of fellow fowl owners as his ...

U.S. mutt abused as a puppy wins title of World's Ugliest Dog

Jun 22, 2014

U.S. mutt abused as a puppy wins title of World's Ugliest Dog

It is that time of year again when dogs with unusually large heads, hairless bodies and other oddities compete for the title of World’s Ugliest Dog. This year’s winner is a 2-year-old mutt named Peanut, whose wild white-and-brown hair, bulging eyes and protruding teeth ...

Britain's richest wealthier than ever, study finds

May 18, 2014

Britain's richest wealthier than ever, study finds

Britain’s wealthiest people are richer than they have ever been, with a combined fortune of £518.9 billion ($874 billion) — equivalent to a third of the nation’s gross domestic product, according to an annual study. The Sunday Times Rich List for 2014 shows that ...

New York City man named world's oldest at 111

May 10, 2014

New York City man named world's oldest at 111

The world’s oldest living man is a 111-year-old scholar of the occult who calls New York City his home. Alexander Imich, who was born in Poland in 1903 and survived a Soviet gulag, emigrated to the United States in the 1950s. He turned 111 ...