Japanese sisters certified world’s oldest twins

Two Japanese sisters have been certified by Guinness World Records as the world’s oldest living identical twins at over 107 years and 300 days. Umeno Sumiyama and Koume Kodama have broken the record set by late Japanese twin sisters Kin Narita and Gin Kanie. Umeno and Koume, both described as sociable people, were born on 5 November 1913 on Shodoshima island. The announcement was made on Monday to coincide with Respect for the Aged Day – a national holiday in Japan. Due to the current situation with Covid-19, and as a precaution, the sisters – who live in different parts … Continue reading Japanese sisters certified world’s oldest twins

Missing Florida girl re-unites with mother 14 years later

Fourteen years after she was allegedly abducted by her father, a Florida girl has been reunited with her mother at the US-Mexico border, police say. The 2007 disappearance of six-year-old Jacqueline Hernandez was a cold case until this month, when she reportedly contacted her mother on Facebook. Ms Hernandez, now 19, told Angelica Vences-Salgado that she was in Mexico. They reunited on Monday in Texas. Investigators who intercepted the pair have verified Ms Hernandez’s identity. The reunification effort drew on the resources of multiple law enforcement agencies at the state and federal levels. Ms Hernandez – a native of Clermont, … Continue reading Missing Florida girl re-unites with mother 14 years later

Spanish woman sues after DNA test reveals birth swap error

A woman has demanded compensation from health authorities in northern Spain after discovering she was mistakenly swapped at birth with another baby 19 years ago, local reports say. The woman was mixed up with a baby who was born on the same day in 2002 at a hospital in Logroño, south of Bilbao. Both babies were put in incubators before being handed to the wrong parents. A regional government has acknowledged the mix-up, blaming “human error”. On Tuesday the health minister for the government of La Rioja, Sara Alba, said it was not possible to conclude who had made the … Continue reading Spanish woman sues after DNA test reveals birth swap error

LOL: A Chicago couple sent a $240 invoice to guests who did not attend their destination wedding

A couple sent an invoice to their guests, who RSVP’d, but did not end up showing up to their destination wedding. The invoice charges the “no call, no show” guests $240 for failing to show up to their wedding reception in Jamaica. A photo of the bill shared by Huff Post senior front page editor Philip Lewis garnered mixed reactions from people on Twitter earlier this week. “This invoice is being sent to you because you confirmed seat(s) at the wedding reception during the Final Headcount,” the invoice says. “The amount above is the cost of your individual seats. Because … Continue reading LOL: A Chicago couple sent a $240 invoice to guests who did not attend their destination wedding

Swimmer rescued after nearly 12 hours at sea

A lifeboat crew in County Kerry used “every part of their training” to rescue a swimmer lost at sea for nearly 12 hours. The man, believed to be in his 30s and from County Londonderry, was pulled from the water at 20.30 local time on Sunday. He was spotted floating among a pod of dolphins 2.5 miles (4km) off Castlegregory Beach, near Tralee. He was found hypothermic and exhausted, wearing only a pair of swimming trunks. He told rescuers he had been trying to swim to Mucklaghmore Rock, more than 5.5 miles (8.8km) from the beach. He was taken to … Continue reading Swimmer rescued after nearly 12 hours at sea

Maki Kaji, ‘Godfather of Sudoku’, dies at 69

Maki Kaji, a puzzle enthusiast and publisher who was known as the “Godfather of Sudoku” – the number puzzle played daily by millions around the world, has died at the age of 69, his company said. A university dropout who worked in a printing company before founding Japan’s first puzzle magazine, Kaji took hints from an existing number puzzle to create what he later named “sudoku” – a contraction of the Japanese for “every number must be single” – sometime in the mid-80s. The logic puzzle challenges people to fill a grid of 9×9 blocks, with nine boxes in each … Continue reading Maki Kaji, ‘Godfather of Sudoku’, dies at 69

A woman in Germany carried around a lottery ticket worth $39 million in her purse for weeks without realizing it

A woman in Germany carried a winning lottery ticket from June worth $39 million in US dollars for weeks without realizing it. German lottery company Lotto Bayern announced a 45-year-old mother of one, who was not named, was the sole winner of a draw that took place on June 9. The winning ticket, which sells for 1.20-euro, was worth 33 million euros, which equates to a little more than $39 million USD. “I still get dizzy at the thought that I carelessly carried almost 33 million euros around in my purse for several weeks,” the company quoted the woman saying, … Continue reading A woman in Germany carried around a lottery ticket worth $39 million in her purse for weeks without realizing it

World’s largest star sapphire cluster found in Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan authorities say the world’s largest star sapphire cluster has been found in a backyard – by accident. A gem trader said the stone was found by workmen digging a well in his home in the gem-rich Ratnapura area. Experts say the stone, which is pale blue in colour, has an estimated value of up to $100 million in the international market. The cluster weighs around 510 kilograms or 2.5 million carats and has been named the “Serendipity Sapphire”. “The person who was digging the well alerted us about some rare stones. Later we stumbled upon this huge specimen,” … Continue reading World’s largest star sapphire cluster found in Sri Lanka

Man in China finds son snatched 24 years ago

A Chinese man has found his abducted son after a 24-year search that saw him travel over 500,000km (310,000 mi) on a motorbike across the country. Guo Gangtang, 51, is due to reunite with his son, who had been snatched aged two by human traffickers in front of their home in Shandong province. His son’s disappearance actually inspired a movie in 2015, which starred Hong Kong superstar Andy Lau. Child abductions are a big problem in China, with thousands taken every year. According to China’s Ministry of Public Security, the police were able to trace his son’s identity using DNA … Continue reading Man in China finds son snatched 24 years ago

Teenager makes history at US spelling bee

A teenage basketball prodigy has become the first African American to win the US Scripps National Spelling Bee. Zaila Avant-garde, a 14-year-old from New Orleans, Louisiana, cruised to victory with the word “murraya”, a type of tropical tree. To get to that point she had to spell out “querimonious” and “solidungulate”. Despite practising for up to seven hours a day, she describes spelling as a side hobby – Zaila’s main focus is on becoming a basketball pro. She already holds three world records for dribbling multiple balls at once, and has appeared in an advertisement with the NBA megastar Stephen … Continue reading Teenager makes history at US spelling bee

Puerto Rican farmer, 112, is the world’s oldest living man

Starting with Theodore Roosevelt, 112-year-old Emilio Flores Márquez has lived through the terms of a whopping 21 U.S. presidents. Márquez who, as of Tuesday, is 112 years, 10 months, and 29 days old, was recently confirmed by Guinness World Records to be the world’s oldest living man. Born on Aug. 8, 1908, in Carolina, Puerto Rico, Márquez was the second of his parents’ 11 children, Guinness World Records said in a statement announcing his milestone. While growing up on the Caribbean island, Márquez helped water and cut the sugar cane plants on his father’s farm. As the oldest brother to his nine … Continue reading Puerto Rican farmer, 112, is the world’s oldest living man

11 year-old boy becomes second youngest graduate ever, plans to make humans immortal

An 11-year-old child prodigy has become one of the youngest ever college graduates after obtaining a bachelor’s degree in physics at the University of Antwerp in Belgium.Belgian student Laurent Simons, aged 9 years old, poses during a photo session at his home in Amsterdam. Laurent Simons, from the Belgium city of Ostend, got a higher distinction than all other students after graduating with 85 percent. Simons also completed the course after just one year, rather than the usual three years. At 11-years-old, Simons is now the world’s second youngest graduate behind Michael Kearney, who received his degree in anthropology from … Continue reading 11 year-old boy becomes second youngest graduate ever, plans to make humans immortal