It must be true…
I read it in the tabloids
A Japanese jump rope hobbyist has set a new world best by recording 151,409 rope skips in a 24-hour period. Hijiki Ikuyama, 36, topped the old mark by 373 skips by both jumping rope on his own and skipping over a larger rope swung by two assistants. Afterward, he traced his passion to a childhood crush he once had on a teacher. “I was thinking of ways to get some attention from her,” he said. “Because she was pretty good at rope skipping, I thought mastering that would impress her.”
A spectacularly colorful duck native to East Asia has mysteriously appeared in Manhattan’s Central Park, sparking both speculation and awe among the city’s populace. The male mandarin duck was first spotted in the Pond in Central Park, where he drew large crowds. No zoo has reported a missing duck, and it’s a mystery how he got there. The duck seemed comfortable mingling with the native mallards, and there are no plans to capture him. “As long as it has open water, it will do just fine,” said David Barrett, a local bird enthusiast. “He might live very happily on the Central Park Pond.”
A Russian scientist stationed in Antarctica stabbed a colleague because the man kept telling him the endings of books he was reading. Sergey Savitsky, 55, had spent four years at the remote Bellingshausen Station on King George Island with victim Oleg Beloguzov, 52, passing the time by reading books. Beloguzov reportedly tormented Savitsky by revealing the endings, leading to an alcohol-fueled attack in the kitchen. Beloguzov was evacuated and is expected to recover. Savitsky was charged with what is believed to be the first-ever attempted murder in Antarctica’s history.