Cheerleader sets a halftime record
A 16-year-old cheerleader flipped into the record books last week by performing 35 consecutive back handsprings at halftime during a football game. Miranda Ferguson flipped from one 15-yard line to the other before a crowd of hundreds at Hockaday School in Dallas. The crowd counted out each handspring as she beat the world record of 32 flips, and added a few more for good measure. “The fans out there really helped me get through it,” said the teen, who completed the task without injury. “My head isn’t too bad, but my back is kind of sore. I’m sure I’m going to feel it tomorrow.”
Lost wedding ring resurfaces
Chris Bires lost his wedding ring out of an act of charity, but a stranger’s charity helped him get it back. The 41-year-old had given a pocketful of coins to a street saxophonist while walking to work in Chicago, not noticing that he’d handed over his ring as well. When he returned to the spot, the musician was gone, and Bires figured his ring was, too. Then, passing by weeks later, he was approached by Bonita Franks, who had witnessed his frantic search. The 61-year-old panhandler had since spotted the sax player and recovered the ring—and had been saving it for Bires until she saw him again.
David Rose's 8,000 Twitter followers
A California quadriplegic has built up an 8,000-strong Twitter following for his warm and witty observations, written using a special computer that reads his eye movements. David Rose, 24, is deaf and unable to move his body, but communicates with friends and followers online using an eye-gaze computer. “I want make people laugh, I want tell people life worth living even when is hard,” said Rose, who “types” at a speed of four words a minute. “If you all do that because of what I say then I can live on for many years.”