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Versailles-Inspired Mansion Irks Neighbors

GREAT FALLS, Va.,(UPI) — Neighbors in a suburban Washington neighborhood said they are concerned about a businesswoman’s plans to construct a Versailles-inspired mansion in their area. The house, dubbed “Le Chateau de Lumiere” by owner Young Yi, 38, chief executive of the 1st Class Sleep Diagnostics Center, is planned to span 25,424 square feet on […]

Group: ‘Laziness Is Not A Disability’

NORDMALING, Sweden, (UPI) — A Swedish town’s Disability Council wants to post “laziness is not a disability” signs at local designated handicapped parking spaces. Members of the council in the northern town of Nordmaling said they want Sune Hoglander, the town’s community development officer, to have the signs erected at handicapped spaces across the city […]

Lottery Goof Nets Virginia Woman $2 Million

BERRYVILLE, Va., (UPI) — A Virginia woman doubled her lottery prize, winning $2 million, because she made a mistake in buying her tickets. Virginia Fike, 44, Berryville, stepped up Monday to cash in her winning Powerball tickets purchased at a truck stop on Martinsburg Pike, the Winchester (Va.) Star reported. “I wanted to buy one […]

Tsunami Soccer Ball Going Back To Japan

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, (UPI) — A soccer ball apparently swept across the Pacific Ocean after Japan’s earthquake-triggered tsunami will be sent back to its owner, its finder says. The ball’s owner is Misaki Murakami, a 16-year-old whose home in Rikuzentakata, Iwate prefecture, was wiped out by the tsunami, Kyodo News reported Monday. Murakami was given the […]

Man Complains Flight Attendant Woke Him

INDIANAPOLIS, (UPI) — An Arizona man filed a complaint with police saying a flight attendant “rudely” woke him up by tapping his knee with a magazine. Kevin Johnson, 37, told Indianapolis Airport police he was sleeping on a chartered Million Air flight as it taxied to the gate Sunday morning, when the flight attendant struck […]

Cow Breaks Record For Producing Most Milk

EMBRUN, Ontario, (UPI) — Smurf, a cow on a dairy farm near Ottawa, has broken the Guinness World Record for most milk produced in a lifetime, its owners said. The 15-year-old Holstein has produced more than 57,000 gallons of milk – and is still producing — at a farm in Embrun, Ont., the Ottawa Citizen […]

Germany Sends Grenades In Potato Shipment

ATHENS, Greece (UPI) — Two World War II-era hand grenades were discovered in a shipment of potatoes from Germany being unloaded at a Greek processing plant, police said. Greek police say they’ve launched a preliminary investigation into Thursday’s incident at the Atalanti factory where the first rusty grenade, minus its detonator, was found by workers […]

Study: French Men Tip Blondes Better

PARIS (UPI) — A survey says it pays to be a blonde when waiting tables in France because flaxen-haired waitresses rake in bigger tips. The University of Southern Brittany polled male diners and found that tips given to blond waitresses are generally 25 percent larger than the ones left for their brunette colleagues. Nicolas Guegen […]

Mysterious Hum In Canada Coming From U.S.

WINDSOR, Ontario (UPI) — A mysterious humming sound that has drawn hundreds of complaints in Windsor, Canada, for more than a year is emanating from Michigan, testing has determined. The low-frequency, rumbling noise dubbed the Windsor hum is coming from the area of Zug Island, an industrial site, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported. But officials […]

Tsunami Soccer Ball Lands In Alaska

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (UPI) — A soccer ball swept into the Pacific Ocean in Japan’s deadly earthquake and tsunami in March 2011 has washed ashore in Alaska, its owner confirmed. The ball was found by David Baxter on the shore of Middleton Island, south of the Alaskan mainland, the Kyodo news agency reported. His Japanese wife […]


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