Skyscraper-sized Tetris wows Philadelphians Hundreds of Tetris fans had a little fun Saturday with a big version of the classic video game. The Philadelphia skyscraper-sized version created a spectacle against the night sky. Organizers hoped it would inspire onlookers and players to think about the possibilities of te... - Posted on April 7, 2014
Londoners love kitty cat cafe Would you like some kitten with your coffee? Feline company is exactly what one of London's newest cafes is offering. And the city's stressed-out residents are lapping it up. "People do want to have pets and in tiny flats, you can't," said cafe owner Lauren Pears, who... - Posted on April 7, 2014
Grumpy Cat turns two Watch out world, Grumpy Cat has hit her terrible twos. The top dog in Internet cat stardom is known for her downward smile and bugged-out baby blues. She spent her birthday Friday touring New York City with an entourage worthy of Hollywood. And Hollywood is where the ... - Posted on April 7, 2014
Monopoly gets 5 new rules The makers of Monopoly have created five new rules. The new rules include: no rent collection while in jail, double the dough for landing on Go and clean out Free Parking if your luck takes you there. Facebook fans voted “yes” to include the new rules for future editions... - Posted on April 4, 2014
Could you run up a 72-floor skyscraper? They're high steppers of a different sort. More than 700 people took the long way up at the World Trade Center on Thursday — climbing the stairs. They did it for the inaugural "Runyon Up," a fundraiser for the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation. Elite climbers ... - Posted on April 4, 2014
War takes girl’s arm, but not her artistry A little girl from Afghanistan lost her arm in the war there. So doctors and therapists worked with her by fitting her with a prosthetic arm. They knew it would change her life. But little did they realize how and how much. Within weeks of strapping on her new limb, 7-year-o... - Posted on April 3, 2014
Pennsylvania chainsaw no massacre A tree trimmer is recovering after he was rushed to a Pittsburgh hospital with a chain saw blade embedded in his neck. James Valentine was in a tree in Ross Township on Monday afternoon when he was struck in the neck by the saw. Another worker helped him down, and his co-wor... - Posted on April 2, 2014
A first at first: Ump's call is overturned by replay An umpire's call was overturned Monday for the first time under Major League Baseball's expanded replay system, with Milwaukee Brewers star Ryan Braun ruled out instead of safe. Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez challenged the sixth-inning play at Miller Park in the seas... - Posted on April 1, 2014
Fifth grade students set goal of 2,000 cranes In the town of Swedesboro, New Jersey, 5th grade students are determined to make two thousand paper cranes before the end of the school year. Their goal is to put smiles on kids' faces. The idea of making the paper cranes started when their teacher, Tara Milward, read them t... - Posted on April 1, 2014
Teen tells U.S. to change font to save $400,000,000 A teenager has published a study. It suggests the federal government could save millions of dollars a year in printing costs. All it needs to do is switch to a thinner typeface that uses less ink. Suvir Mirchandani, 14, said he noticed there was plenty of talk at school abou... - Posted on March 31, 2014
Wanna win a billion? Pick a perfect bracket. So, about that billion dollars. Billionaire Warren Buffett has offered to pay $1 billion to anyone who fills out a perfect NCAA tournament bracket. But he sees his offer as nothing more than a matter of having the numbers in his favor. Mathematicians say he's right. B... - Posted on March 19, 2014
Family getting help for “bad” cat Last week, a cat trapped its owners in their bedroom. But the family is not giving up on their 22-pound pet. Instead, they are getting it medical attention and therapy. Two days before, police arrived to subdue the 4-year-old part-Himalayan cat. Now owner Lee Palmer o... - Posted on March 14, 2014
How can two high school teams win the same game? Nobody lost — and two teams were declared winners. This came after a marathon, seven-overtime high school ice hockey state championship game in Ohio. Cleveland St. Ignatius (17-13-2) and Sylvania Northview (30-4-6) fought through regulation and seven overtimes to tie 1-1.... - Posted on March 11, 2014
Wanna wake to bacon? There’s an app for that! Want to wake up to the sound of bacon sizzling on the stove with its aroma drawing you out of bed? There's an app for that. Oscar Mayer says it has created a bacon-scented app for the iPhone, developed by the Madison, Wisconsin-based company's Institute for the Advanc... - Posted on March 9, 2014
Girl Scouts pushed to dump Barbie America's top doll, Barbie, finds herself in trouble again. This time, the conflict involves her manufacturer – Mattel – the Girl Scouts and several other groups. Two consumer advocacy groups say Barbie as a flawed role model for little girls. The groups are often criti... - Posted on March 6, 2014
Teen studies her own cancer First the teenager survived a rare cancer. Then she wanted to study it, spurring a study that helped scientists find a weird gene flaw that might play a role in how the tumor strikes. Age 18 is pretty young to be listed as an author of a study in the prestigious journal Scie... - Posted on March 2, 2014
How'd that happen? Spelling bee runs out of words Talk about being “at a loss for words!” Two Missouri students went toe-to-toe for 66 rounds in the annual Jackson County spelling bee. But they couldn't finish because event organizers ran out of words for the contest. The Kansas City Star reports 25 students sta... - Posted on February 23, 2014
Would you ride your bike in the snow? You've probably seen one in a bike shop or in a bike rack. You may have wondered, "What is that?" They're known as "fat bikes," rather than "fat tire" bikes. "Fat tire" was an early nickname for all mountain bikes. Fat bikes have oversized balloon tires. The tires are... - Posted on February 16, 2014
Two-headed turtle turns heads A new exhibit at Zoosiana has plenty of visitors asking questions. The zoo, formerly the Zoo of Acadiana in Broussard, Louisiana, welcomed a two-headed animal recently. It is named Michael and Angelo after Michelangelo of the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles." Zookeeper ... - Posted on February 16, 2014
Are NYC’s horse-drawn carriages unfair to horses? Time may be running out for the iconic horse carriages that carry tourists around Central Park. Mayor Bill de Blasio already has declared his intention to shut down the industry. He says it is inhumane to keep horses in modern-day Manhattan. While that debate could be over, ... - Posted on February 13, 2014