Found on LA sidewalk, looks like lungs
LOS ANGELES, June 12 (UPI) -- Authorities said it would be up to the county coroner to determine whether a pair of lungs found on a Los Angeles street came from a human.
Sgt. Robert Dean of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said a citizen reported finding the organs Sunday night on Avalon Boulevard, the Los Angeles Times reported Monday.
Dean said the Los Angeles County Coroner's office took possession of the remains and would conduct tests to determine whether they were indeed lungs and if they came from a human or an animal.
"We don't know what they are," Dean said. "It's really weird."
Two play baseball simulation for 54 hours
NEW YORK, June 12 (UPI) -- Two fans of the tabletop Strat-O-Matic Baseball game set a world record for the game by playing for 54 hours non-stop at a New York restaurant.
Brett Carow and Sam Hennemann, who are from Minnesota, said they traveled to New York after Foley's Pub & Restaurant agreed to host their marathon gaming session, MLB.com reported Monday.
Carow and Hennemann, who were allowed 5-minute breaks every hour, said they played more than 100 rounds of the game starting Thursday and became world record-holders Saturday.
Carow said the accomplishment left him feeling "extremely exhausted."
"The low point for me was between 4 and 5 [a.m.]. We took an hour nap ... and that was the first time we slept. That was 40 hours in," Carow said.
Wind extends balloon ride by an hour
CLACKAMAS, Ore., June 12 (UPI) -- An Oregon woman said the hot air balloon ride her husband took her on for her birthday ended up lasting an extra hour and culminated with an emergency landing.
Marie Suchy of Clackamas said her husband Aaron surprised her with a hot air balloon ride Saturday morning for her 32nd birthday and the trip made headlines when it ended with an emergency landing on a stretch of grass by Interstate 205 near Milwaukie, The (Portland) Oregonian reported Monday.
The pilot, Derek Hancock of Portland Rose Hot Air Balloons, said he made the emergency landing near the highway because his previous two potential landing areas were rendered unusable by strong winds. He said the vehicle and its passengers were never in danger. And he had plenty of fuel to last the extra hour the trip ended up taking.
Suchy said the unusual circumstances did not stop her from enjoying her flight.
"It's very, very, very peaceful. Just amazing. We had the best time," Suchy said. "Even with the big ending, it was so cool."
Turtles unhappy after century together
KLAGENFURT, Austria, June 12 (UPI) -- Officials at an Austrian zoo said two 115-year-old turtles appear to be ending a romance that spanned more than a century.
Helga Happ, head of the zoo in Klagenfurt, said the giant turtles, together since they were young, came to the facility from the Basel Zoo in Switzerland 36 years ago, the Austrian Times reported Monday.
"But for no reason that anyone can discover they seem to have fallen out; they just can't stand each other," Happ said.
She said the turtles, named BiBi and Poldi, had to be separated when Bibi bit off a chunk of her mate's shell.
"We have staff talking to and trying to engage the two in interacting, and we hope that they might find their harmony again," she said. "We were told that it's very rare that after so many years animals who are a pair will fall apart, but that's where we are. We hope, though, we can [achieve] a reconciliation."
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