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Feb. 22 (UPI) — A man filming surfers at an Australian beach captured video of dolphins joining in the fun and riding waves alongside the humans. Luke Taylor posted a video to YouTube showing the scene he witnessed Feb. 17 at Tallow Beach, Byron Bay. The video shows dolphins swimming alongside surfers and often getting so close it appears as though they might collide. “Today I watched filmed a large pod of dolphins surfing the waves with all the surfers almost cutting them off the waves at Tallows Beach, Byron Bay,” Taylor wrote. “It was so magical to see them so calm joyful in their own habitat with all the surfers around them.”

Feb. 22 (UPI) — French artist Abraham Poincheval plans to seal himself in a limestone boulder for one week to “find out what the world is.” Poincheval will spend a week stuffed into a hole matching the shape of his body inside the 12-ton boulder at the Palais de Tokyo modern art museum in Paris. He described the performance, titled “Stone,” as “an inner journey to find out what the world is.” The boulder contains air holes that will allow Poincheval to breath, as well as a space to hold a supply of water, soup and dried meat. Cables will also be placed through the stone to monitor his heart and provide him an emergency video feed. “The purpose is to feel the aging stone inside the rock,” he said. “There is my own breathing, and then the rock which lives, still humid because it was extracted not so long ago from the quarry. So …

Feb. 21 (UPI) — An Arizona woman is holding on to an unusual family heirloom — an 85-year-old cookie given as a Valentine to her mother. Scottsdale resident Penny Rickhoff said her family has been holding on to the heart-shaped cookie since the 1930s, when it was given to her mother by her first love. “People back then, shoot, didn’t have a lot of money,” Rickhoff told KPHO/KTVK. “So you bake a cookie, what else can you do?” She said the cookie, which bears the name of her mother’s boyfriend, Bus, stopped being appetizing long ago. “It’s hard as a rock,” Rickhoff said. “She wanted to keep it as a memento,” Rickhoff said of her mother. She said she plans to hold on to the cookie for as long as it holds together. “It’s a lucky cookie, as I say,” Rickhoff said. The cookie’s vintage is impressive, but its far from the oldest surviving dessert …

Feb. 21 (UPI) — An elementary school student in Ohio reached out to local police for help with her math homework. Marion Police Department shared screen captures taken by mother Molly Draper after her 10-year-old daughter, Lena, asked the police to assist her with some difficult math problems. “I’m having trouble with my math homework,” the young girl asked. “Could you help me?” After sending an automated message informing Draper the mage is not monitored 24/7 the police asked what she needed help with. “Well I don’t understand (8+29)x15,” Draper responded. The police Facebook page obliged the young student’s request and attempted to solve the equation. “Do the numbers in the parenthesis first so in essence it would be 37 x 15,” the officer responded. Draper had the officer help her with at least one more question before logging off, but after the post was shared to Facebook some commenters noted the officer did not …

Feb. 20 (UPI) — Police in Connecticut warned of “suspicious males going door to door selling dairy products” after a pair of escaped cows were snapped by a resident’s front door. The Suffolk Police Department shared a photo to Facebook Sunday morning of the two escaped steers hanging out by the front stoop of a home. “Early this morning officers responded to a complaint of 2 suspicious males going door to door trying to sell dairy products,” the Facebook post said. “Officers determined that the 2 individuals did not have a solicitors permit and were apprehended after a short foot pursuit. We would like to remind everyone to NEVER open your doors to any unfamiliar cattle.” Sgt. Geoffrey Miner said police were summoned to the neighborhood by someone who noticed “some cows walking on the side of the road and in people’s yards” while driving in the North Street/Rt. 75 area. “When we pulled up …

Feb. 17 (UPI) — A worker at an Ontario recycling plant opened up an old TV set and made a shocking discovery — more than $100,000 cash. Rick Deschamps, general manager of Global Electric Electronic Processing in Barrie, said the TV was brought to the facility over a year ago, but a worker just started disassembling it in late January. “She came running up with this security cash box and she goes, ‘I found $10,000,’” he told CBC News. “I opened it up and I saw four bundles of $50 bills and I went, ‘I think that’s more.’” “There was like, four stacks of $50 bills, and I knew it was a large amount of money,” Deschamps told CTV News. The cash amounted to more than $100,000 — more than $75,000 in U.S. currency. “We do anywhere from 10,000 to 30,000 televisions a month, so the odds that that TV came at that particular moment …

BERLIN A talking doll named Cayla has been banned by German authorities because the software inside her could be hacked, posing a security risk and allowing personal data to be revealed. The Federal Network Agency recommended that parents who bought the doll for their children destroy it. “The Cayla doll is banned in Germany,” agency head Jochen Homann said. “This is also about protecting the weakest members of society.” The software in the doll — created by the U.S. company Genesis Toys — allows a child to have a conversation with the doll. But this carried a risk of espionage and could compromise privacy, Homann said in a statement. Researcher Stefan Hessel, who had examined the toy and alerted the agency, said hackers could use an unsecure bluetooth device embedded in it to listen and talk to the child playing with it. “In a test, I was able to hack the toy even through several …

Feb. 17 (UPI) — British inventor and YouTube star Colin Furze created a device to launch fireworks using a massive cylinder of fire. Furze built the 20-foot tall “Fire Tornado Firework Launcher” or “giant, spiny, cagey, turny, fiery thing,” as he called it in the video, to celebrate his YouTube channel surpassing 4 million subscribers. The large contraption featured a metal cage containing a fire pit, which rested on a wooden platform with wheels underneath to allow the flames to twist into a massive fire “tornado.” Furze and a friend then loaded a bundle of fireworks into a small compartment in the steel cage and used the swirling flames to set off the colorful explosives. The fire ultimately sent the fireworks spinning in all directions, creating a dazzling spectacle of lights both in the sky and the area surrounding the cylinder. When the experiment was complete, Furze triumphantly pumped his fist while looking toward his …

Feb. 17 (UPI) — An Australian train driver’s camera captured the moment a train plowed into a motorcycle after its owner narrowly jumped out of the way. Colin Sharp, a driver for Victoria regional train operator V/Line, affixed a dashboard camera to the front of the train that was recorded last month on the Ballarat line near Ballan, northwest of Melbourne. The video shows a group of motorcyclists near the tracks while one of their group tries to push his bike across the tracks. The motorcyclist appears to realize at the last moment that he isn’t going to make it and jumps out of the way, but his motorcycle falls on the tracks and is struck by the train. Sharp said the train had been traveling about 100 mph and even though he had applied an emergency brake, it had only slowed to about 87 mph when it struck the motorcycle. “He was pushing the …

Feb. 17 (UPI) — Rutgers University on Friday apologized to students who were turned away from a career fair for dress code violations, including blue suits and brown shoes. Business School Dean Lei Lei issued a written apology after an estimated 40 students were turned away from a Feb. 10 job fair for violating the event’s unusually strict dress code. Students reported being booted from the event for dress code violations including wearing blue suits, light gray suits, brown shows, or suede shoes. Information circulated prior to the job fair stipulated male students must wear black or brown suits, while a flier for last year’s event said men would be required to wear a “dark, conservative suit.” Sophomore Kevin Chen said he was turned away for showing up in a dark navy blue suit, though he was allowed to wear the same suit to last year’s fair. He said he had seen the new flier, …

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