Man visits 201 countries without flying
JUBA, South Sudan, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- A British man says it took him 1,426 days to complete his quest of visiting all of the world's 201 countries without flying.
Graham Hughes, 33, accomplished the feat when he arrived Monday in South Sudan, a country that did not yet exist when he began his quest Jan. 1, 2009, The Daily Telegraph reported.
Hughes said he had filled four full passports by the time he visited all 193 United Nations member states, as well as Taiwan, Vatican City, the Palestinian territory, Kosovo, Western Sahara and the four home nations of Britain.
Guinness World Records said Hughes' travels were a record because he did it without flying.
"The main feeling today is just one of intense gratitude to every person around the world who helped me get here, by giving me a lift, letting me stay on their couch or pointing me in the right direction," Hughes said. "There were times, sitting in a bus station in Cambodia at one in the morning, riding some awful truck over bad roads, when I thought, why am I doing this? But there was always a reason to keep going."
Popemobile available for rent
DUBLIN, Ireland, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- An Irish businessman said he is offering Pope John Paul II's Popemobile up for rent to partiers for $324 per hour.
Paddy Dunning said the Popemobile, a yellow Ford Transit van specially adapted for the pope's 1979 visit to Ireland, came with the Dublin Wax Museum when he purchased it a few years ago and he is now planning to rent out the 15-seat vehicle for bachelor parties and other engagements, the British newspaper The Daily Telegraph reported Monday.
Dunning said the vehicle will also be made available for charity and sporting events.
"We will be selective about who we rent it out to," he said.
Burglars leave note claiming 'inside job'
FLINT, Mich., Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Police in Michigan said a burglary victim returned home to find a note in place of her TV proclaiming the theft to be an "inside job."
Flint police said the homeowner returned home around 9 p.m. Thursday to find a 48-inch TV, a 36-inch TV, a 32-inch TV and an Xbox 360 video game console had been stolen, the Flint Journal reported Monday.
Police said there was a note in the place formerly occupied by the largest television.
"I was paid to do this, inside job," the note read.
Police said the note and a blue pen found nearby are being studied as evidence.
Sprinklers come on during Dolphins game
MIAMI, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- A spokesman for the Miami Dolphins said a computer glitch was responsible for the playing field sprinklers coming on during a game against Seattle.
The spokesman said the system went to its Saturday setting, causing the sprinklers to come on during the third quarter of Sunday's game against the Seattle Seahawks at Sun Life Stadium, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported Monday.
"Hey, these things happen," Dolphins owner Steve Ross said.
The Dolphins, who were down 14-7 at the time of the incident, came back to win 24-21.
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