An 800-year-old tradition of counting the swans owned by Britain's Queen Elizabeth started on Monday, an annual ceremony of "swan upping" that in modern times has become a means of wildlife conservation.
More than 11,000 Australians who rushed for the chance to strip for American photographer Spencer Tunick will soon wear only smiles after a national supermarket chain changed its mind about allowing the shoot to go ahead on a suburban rooftop carpark.
Fifty-three men slung their wives or partners over their shoulders and hurtled off on an hour-long race in the small Finnish town of Sonkajarvi on Saturday, as thousands of fans cheered from the stands.
Police in a small Wyoming town made an odd discovery this week - a little pot growing in some big pots downtown.
Officers in the city of Powell discovered that someone had planted marijuana plants in the three of the city's decorative 100-gallon flower pots that line downtown streets. The pots were originally filled with marigolds and zinnias, but reported that someone snuck a new plant in alongside them.
City employees recognized the invasive species as a marijuana plant once the leaves started to grow, Powell Police Chief Roy Eckert told the . The plants were not that easy to spot at first - pictures shared in local newspaper showed that they tended to blend in with the colorful flowers and leafy greens around them.
Usually, real-life crimes inspire CSI episodes, but it seems that the end of a Florida man's life imitated art, not the other way around.
Authorities have finally closed the case of a Ballen Isles Country Club, Florida, resident, who died under mysterious circumstances. According to the , it was originally thought that 71-year-old Alan Jay Abrahamson had been murdered. However, an unusual thin line of blood on the deceased septuagenarian's shirt steered the investigation into his death in a wildly different direction.
As reported by the , investigators later concluded that Abrahamson had actually committed suicide. This revelation came after they uncovered a bizarre scheme that was strikingly similar to the plot of an episode of the CBS crime series, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.
Trees growing in the middle of the road don't make for a great driving experience, but then, neither do potholes. Some residents in one Texas town decided to make a point in protest of the terrible disrepair of their streets.
According to an report, people in Port Arthur, Texas took to the streets to plant trees - in potholes. One road, 42nd Street, has three enormous potholes in it, and the city government refuses to take action to repair the road. While residents don't entirely agree on the purpose of the trees, the message appears clear.
One resident named, Jeremie Wilson, said the trees serve as a warning to remind drivers that the humongous holes are there to keep them from damaging their tires or vehicles by accidentally driving through the damaged sections of the street. However, other residents felt the trees served as a message to authorities who have continued to pass the buck on this rocky issue.
Southwest English beaches have become the spot for seagulls to hang out on for a gulls' night out.
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals reports that they are being inundated with calls from concerned citizens after discovering disoriented birds. According to , the seagulls appear to have botulism, a bacterial disease which could be fatal, but upon further investigation, the animal welfare charity found that the seagulls are suffering from the effects of alcohol.
The concerned public is calling the RSPCA when they spot the birds on the beach. Often they are staggering around and confused. They found that after the animals vomit, they seem to recover, although a few have died.
Helicopters airlifted about 400 people off the Swiss mountain featured in the 1969 James Bond movie "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" on Thursday after a cable car broke down, stranding them briefly at about 10,000 feet above sea level.
A Japanese member of parliament apologized on Thursday for jeering a lung cancer patient testifying about the dangers of secondhand smoke, saying he had spoken out to prevent discrimination against smokers.
Some people need the loud buzz of an alarm clock to wake them up in the morning. Others prefer a loved one or a precious pet help them rise and shine each day. And many people like to hear their favorite tunes first thing in the a.m. to help them start the day on a positive note.
One way a person definitely does not want to be woken up, though, is by a large snake falling onto their bed from the floor above.
Unfortunately, this happened to one man in upstate New York's Oswego County in late June.
The revealed this week that Environmental Conservation Police Officer Matt Foster responded to the "panicked" call on June 29 and found a six-foot-long red-tailed boa constrictor in the bedroom of a Pulaski, New York, apartment.
One would be quite terrified to wake up to strange noises coming from the first floor of their house. Many horrible thoughts would pop into a person's head, most of which involve someone evil invading their private space, such as a burglar, murderer, or rapist.
A woman in North West London's Harrow section experienced this scary scenario firsthand on the morning of Thursday, July 12, according to .
Upon hearing odd noises coming from downstairs around 9 a.m., she immediately called the police for help.
"The female caller was very distressed and called 999 [the emergency number in the United Kingdom] as she heard noises downstairs and believed she was being burgled," said a spokesman with the Harrow Borough Police, reported GetWestLondon.
The cops quickly arrived at her house on Byron Hill Road and were very surprised when they found the noisemaker.
"Turned out the ‘suspect' was a rogue squirrel," revealed the Harrow Police on .
When he worked for the British Ministry of Defense, Nick Pope got to work with unidentified flying objects up close and personally, and he came to one conclusion in his line of work: UFOs are real.
In an exclusive interview for , Pope said that he not only knows for a fact that UFOs are real, part of his job involved monitoring "the Russians," who were constructing death rays to deal with "the aliens." He also said that they would come to Earth so often, they would narrowly miss airplanes in the sky.
Pope, who worked for the Ministry of Defense in the 1990s, says that world leaders take "threats" of alien invasions "more seriously than they let on."
The British government, in particular, spent more than 50 years investigating whether or not UFOs are real - and in January of this year, Pope came out of retirement to help the British government declassify information that was once, formerly, considered "top secret."
According to the , poop is one of the most popular forms of biofuel, with waste powering everything from trucks to street lamps to cooktops and heaters around the globe. How did human fecal matter become the potential solution to powering the world?
Sewage is approaching crisis level in the heartland, and reports that 3 to 10 billion gallons of untreated waste is released from U.S. sewage-treatment plants every year. It's a renewable biomass made up of carbon that's already circulating in the atmosphere; the brown, in this instance, is completely green.
Corinne Drennan leads the biofuels research program at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. She used to start up conversations in a room full of colleagues in her field by asking "How many of you have played with poop?," but admits it's not really a joke anymore.
Eleven days after the Fuego volcano rained down on the Guatemalan village of San Miguel Los Lotes, a backhoe ripped the roof off one of the homes buried by ash, revealing a corpse in the still-hot dust.