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Message In A Bottle Saves Stranded California Hikers

Message In A Bottle Saves Stranded California Hikers

Sending a distress message in a bottle would not typically be considered a sensible strategy. However, it miraculously worked for three hikers from Morro Bay, California, who found themselves stranded atop a 40-foot waterfall at the Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park on California's Central Coast.

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Japanese Man Sets New Guinness Record For Spinning World's Largest Hula Hoop

Japanese Man Sets New Guinness Record For Spinning World's Largest Hula Hoop

The modern-day version of the hula hoop, introduced by the Wham-O toy company in 1958, has inspired fans to set numerous world records. These include the longest hula hooping marathon (74 hours and 54 minutes), the most number of hoops spun simultaneously (200), and the most number of rotations completed in a minute (243). Those unable to outdo serious hula hoopers in technical skills have turned to setting records using novelty hoops. The most recent feat, which involved spinning a massive ring, falls in that category.

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Why National Zoo's Resident Elephant Shanthi Is Wearing Stylish Teva Boots

Why National Zoo's Resident Elephant Shanthi Is Wearing Stylish Teva Boots

If you visit Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington DC, you may notice one of the zoo’s resident elephants, Shanthi, strolling around in stylish Teva boots. While the footwear makes the 9,000-pound pachyderm stand out among her peers, its primary purpose is to provide the 41-year-old relief from the side effects of arthritis, a chronic condition that causes painful inflammation and stiffness of joints.

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Hawaiians Brace For More Lava And Earthquakes As Kilauea Volcano Continues To Erupt

Hawaiians Brace For More Lava And Earthquakes As Kilauea Volcano Continues To Erupt

Though it is not uncommon for the Kilauea volcano on the southern shore of Hawaii’s Big Island to erupt, the recent explosion is the worst encountered in decades. The sea of lava, which has been flowing unabated since May 3, has encompassed 104 acres (the equivalent of 100 football fields), destroyed 35 structures — including 26 homes — and forced almost 2,000 people to evacuate. Unfortunately, even experts have no idea when the volcanic activity will subside.

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