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British Parliament Rejects Cat Due To Fat Fears

LONDON (UPI) — Members of the British Parliament have declined an offer of a mouse-catching cat over fears the feline would get too fat off scraps. Leaders in the House of Commons were offered a cat by the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home to help with the rodent infestation at the Palace of Westminster, but […]

7-year-old Boy Raises $750,000 To Fight Best Friend’s Disease

Dylan Siegel, 7, wrote a children’s book “Chocolate Bar” to raise money to help his best friend, Jonah Pournazarian, 8, fight his disease known as GSD. When Dylan heard his best friend was sick, he wanted to help him get better so he came up with the plan to write a children’s book and use […]

Cats, Dog Suspected Of Spying For Germans In World War I

LONDON (UPI) — British intelligence officers in World War I suspected two cats and a dog of carrying messages from the Germans across British lines, documents revealed. The National Archive published documents online Thursday revealing officers from the 36th brigade of the 12th Division spotted the animals repeatedly crossing British lines in July 1915 and […]

Errors Lead To Changes For The English Language

LONDON (UPI) — A writer for Britain’s the Guardian said changes to the English language resulting from errors include dropping an “n” from “umpire.” David Shariatmadari wrote errors such as misspellings and mispronunciations often lead to permanent changes to the English language, such as dropping the letter “n” from the start of words including “apron,” […]

Colorado Ads Warn Marijuana Users: ‘Drive High, Get A DUI’

DENVER (UPI) — The Colorado Department of Transportation is airing public service announcements warning marijuana users: “Drive High, Get a DUI.” The “Drive High, Get a DUI” campaign is being rolled out by the department with three TV ads targeted toward young men taking advantage of the state’s legalization of recreational marijuana use, USA Today […]

British City’s Website Mistakenly Advertises Event In Birmingham, Ala.

BIRMINGHAM, England (UPI) — Officials in a Birmingham, England, said a wedding fair was mistakenly advertised on its website, despite taking place in the Alabama city of the same name. A Birmingham, England, City Council spokesman said the advertisement for a wedding fair in the council website’s “things to do in Birmingham” section was submitted […]

Police: Man With Toddler In The Car Solicited Prostitute

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (UPI) — Police in Florida said they arrested an alleged bad dad accused of soliciting a prostitute while his toddler son was in the car. Daytona Beach police said Patrick Williams had his toddler son in the back seat of his car when he spoke to a woman on Ridgewood Avenue, which […]

YouTube Video Shows Tourist Making Queen’s Guard Smile

LONDON (UPI) — A YouTube video has become popular online for depicting a U.S. tourist in London succeeding in making a member of the famously stoic Queen’s Guard smile. The video depicts a man identified only as Yankel telling jokes to his off-camera friends and making up a fake back story about his friendship with […]

Scrabble Contest Gives Fans Chance To Add New Words

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (UPI) — A contest giving U.S. Scrabble fans the chance to add new words to the official dictionary began Wednesday on Facebook. Hasbro, the company that produces Scrabble in the United States and Canada, launched the first Scrabble Word Showdown, The New York Times reported. Words can be nominated on the Scrabble Facebook […]

Italian Political Party Allegedly Filed Expense Claim For Sex Toys

BOLZANO (UPI) — The leader of an Italian political party said officials are looking into allegations that expense claims were filed on behalf of the party for sex toys. Italian finance police investigating the accounts of political parties on the Bolzano provincial council said they discovered a receipt from the secessionist Freiheitlichen caucus indicating a […]

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