World's largest yo-yo really works
CINCINNATI, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- An Ohio woman said she has submitted evidence of her 15-foot-wide yo-yo in action to Guinness World Records for verification.
Beth Johnson of La Rue said she began building the 7,300-pound "Whoa-Yo" about three years ago and her previous three attempts to set the record for largest working yo-yo in Jacksonville, Fla., were foiled when the mammoth toy broke in 2011, The (Jacksonville) Florida Times-Union reported Tuesday.
However, Johnson said the yo-yo successfully went up and down Saturday in Cincinnati and she has submitted video footage of the event to Guinness.
"I couldn't believe it. I was just so excited," Johnson said. "I was so nervous, my heart was beating 100 times a minute. But I was so happy and I am still so excited. I am so glad it worked, and I am really tired of fixing it."
Johnson said her yo-yo would defeat the world record of an 11-foot, 6-inch yo-yo set by a team from Bay de Noc Community College in Escanaba, Mich.
Couple arrested after highway sex
YULEE, Fla., Sept. 18 (UPI) -- Police in Florida said they arrested a couple accused of using a gun to threaten a motorist who spotted them having sex behind the wheel.
The Nassau County Sheriff's Department said Suzanne Welker, 31, was "naked and could be seen clearly by everyone in the area" around 3 p.m. Sunday in a moving vehicle near the Nassau County line when she climbed into the lap of the driver, Ernest Felix Gonzales, 27, and began having sex, The (Jacksonville) Florida Times-Union reported Tuesday.
A nearby motorist, Louis Carr, 24, told deputies Gonzalez showed down when he realized people were watching and pulled his vehicle up behind Carr's pickup truck.
Carr said Gonzalez attempted to run him off the road and into a guardrail while he was on his way to his father's restaurant and bar on U.S. 17 in Yulee.
Carr said Gonzalez and Welker got out of their vehicle in the parking lot of the restaurant and Welker was holding a gun. He said she pointed the weapon at a female employee who said guns were not allowed in the eatery.
The couple left when a witness said police were being called and officers arrested the pair on charges of indecent exposure and aggravated assault at their home.
Four generations skydive together
TACOMA, Wash., Sept. 18 (UPI) -- A Tacoma, Wash., man celebrated his 87th birthday by going skydiving with three younger generations of relatives.
Monty Montgomery said going skydiving alongside daughter Donna, grandson Buddy and a great-grandchild was particularly special for him because he suffers from macular degeneration and was told by doctors that he would likely be blind by now, KOMO-TV, Seattle, reported Tuesday.
"I've been making a liar out of him for a couple of years," he said.
Montgomery said he still has vision in his right eye and was able to take in the horizon and the faces of his family members as he fell through the air.
The patriarch, who said he recently reunited with his daughter and her family after 40 years following his divorce from her mother, said he is expecting his first great-great-grandchild in the spring.
"One day I don't have a family and the next day I have beaucoups of them," he said. "I have a family, a wonderful family, and I hope I'll be around for many more years."
Kitten rescued from sewer pipe
PORTLAND, Ore., Sept. 18 (UPI) -- Firefighters in Oregon said it took them about six hours to rescue a kitten from a sewer pipe with the help of a plumber.
Portland fire crews were called to a home around 7:30 p.m. Sunday by residents who said they heard the kitten crying inside the walls of their basement and the firefighters brought in a plumber to use a snake camera to locate the feline, KPTV, Portland, reported Tuesday.
Firefighters said the kitten was about 20 feet down the line of the 4-inch pipe and the crews cut holes in the pipe and used air to coax the kitten toward an opening.
The local Humane Society, which took custody of the kitten, said it is estimated to be about 3 weeks old and will be available for adoption in about a month.
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