Category: Amazing

100-year-old tortoise stolen from NYC animal shelter

19 July, New York: New York City police are searching for the person who stole a 100-year-old tortoise from an animal shelter. The Daily News reports (http://nydn.us/2tAHfWH ) police were called to the Alley Pond Environmental Center in Queens on Monday after staffers discovered the reptile was gone and its enclosure had been broken. Police confirmed there was a forced entry. Investigators are searching for surveillance video footage. Alley Pond is a nonprofit educational organization that advocates for sustainable environmental policies and practices. AP...

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Number of people using Facebook reaches 2 billion

Facebook is reaching another milestone, announcing that it now has more than 2 billion users. CEO Mark Zuckerberg says the new marker was reached early Tuesday and in a Facebook post said that he’s proud of the role his company is playing in connecting people around the world. Facebook says more than 175 million people declare they “love” something on the site daily and an average of more than 800 million people hit Facebook’s like button. Facebook users will likely see a personalized video celebrating the milestone in the next few days. The Menlo Park, California, company is putting...

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‘World’s heaviest woman’ to fly to India for surgery

11 Feb, Mumbai: An Egyptian believed to be the world’s heaviest woman will fly to India for weight reduction surgery Saturday after intervention from the country’s foreign minister ensured her a visa. Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty, aged 36 and weighing around 500 kilogrammes (1,100 pounds), is slated to arrive in India’s financial capital Mumbai in the early hours of Saturday, Muffazal Lakdawala, her doctor, said in a statement. She will be flown on a specially modified Airbus and will be taken to Mumbai’s Saifee Hospital upon arrival, the statement said. “To prepare her (Eman) for the flight, a...

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Nepali youth awaits Guinness World Records for most cloves of garlic eaten in a minute

2 Jan, Kathmandu: A 23-year-old man hailing from Kailali district reckons that he has broken the record of most cloves of garlic eaten in a single minute. Bharat Bista ate 42 cloves of garlic during the time in a press conference held in Capital on Sunday, which he claims is against the record achieved by an American national of eating 36 cloves of garlic at the same time. The record of the garlic eating during the press conference will be sent to the Guinness World Records officials for the registration and accreditation, shared Bista. Responding to the queries of...

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“World’s Highest Bridge” Opens in China Over 1,850-Foot Gorge (Video)

A bridge in China suspended over a 1,854-foot gorge became the “world’s highest” when it opened to automotive traffic Thursday, reports said. The Beipanjiang Bridge took three years to build, cost more than $146.7 million dollars, and stretches to be 4,396 feet long. Its four-lane roadway sits nearly two thousand feet over the Beipan River, which it’s named after, to connect the Yunnan and Guizhou provinces in southwest China, People’s Daily Online reported. It surpassed the 1,837-foot-tall Sidu River Bridge for its world record title. We know what you’re thinking: $146.7 million is cheap! And it is! After all,...

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The oldest known seabird lays an egg at 66

12 Dec, Washington: The world’s oldest known seabird is expecting, officials at the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge said Saturday. The Laysan albatross known as Wisdom — a bird thought to be at least 66 years old — is incubating an egg once again, putting her on track to become the oldest breeding wild bird in the world. The world’s oldest known banded bird in the wild is with her mate on Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge/Battle of Midway National Memoria (Photo:AFP) Charlie Pelizza, the US Fish and Wildlife Service project leader at the refuge in the middle of...

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JK Rowling sends Harry Potter books to Syrian girl

26 Nov, London: “Harry Potter” author JK Rowling has gifted a young girl living in war-torn Syria with copies of her famous boy wizard books. Seven-year-old Bana has been watching the “Harry Potter” films to distract her from the bombings and fighting, which is occurring in her hometown of Aleppo. After watching the film earlier this week, Bana’s mother Fatemah reached out to Rowling via Twitter, revealing her daughter and other local children were interested in reading the books the movies are based on, reported CNN. Rowling was moved by the message and replied, writing, “Bana, I hope you...

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Fossil of 100-Million-Year-Old Fish With ‘Swordfish-Like Head and Monstrous Teeth’ Discovered in Australia

The skeleton of a 100 million-year-old fish “with an incredibly swordfish-like head and monstrous teeth” has been unearthed in the remote outback town of Richmond in Queensland, Australia, according to marine fossil museum Kronosaurus Korner. One family found the “lance-like snout” of the ancient creature, while another family found its “complete skull, massive teeth, vertebrae and the front fins,” said Kronosaurus Korner curator and interpretation manager, Patrick Smith. The newly discovered bones belong to a species called Australopachycormus hurleyi, a nearly 10-foot-long “swordfish-like predator with a pointed snout that was probably used to slash or stun prey,” Smith told...

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‘Biggest demo in decades’ pressures Venezuela president

Caracas: Opponents of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro claimed to have mobilized a million demonstrators Thursday in the biggest rally in decades, demanding a referendum on removing him from power. Police deployed in their hundreds to keep apart anti-government protesters angry at food and medicine shortages from Maduro’s supporters who vowed to defend his “socialist revolution.” The rallies raised fears of violence in the oil-rich South American state, where anti-government protests in 2014 led to clashes with police that left 43 people dead. The leader of the opposition Democratic Unity Roundtable, Jesus Torrealba, told AFP it was the “biggest rally...

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Flood-hit elephant that travelled 1700km dies in Bangladesh

16 August, Dhaka: An elephant thought to have travelled at least 1,700 kilometres from India into Bangladesh after becoming separated from its herd by floods died on Tuesday despite last-ditch efforts to save him. The distressed animal was tranquillised three times in sometimes dramatic bids to try to transport him to a safari park in Bangladesh, after he washed across the border in late June. He was eventually given huge amounts of saline and chained in a paddy field in a northern village to help him recover, but he was “too weak and tired” from his ordeal, officials said....

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