Q*Bert video game record broken
FLEMINGTON, N.J., Feb. 19 (UPI) -- A world record for playing the video game Q*Bert -- nearly 85 hours -- was established in a New Jersey arcade by George Leutz of New York.
The 38-year-old Manhattan resident played the marathon game, popular in the 1980s, on a single game credit for 84 hours and 48 minutes Thursday through Monday, beating the previous record of 68 hours, 30 minutes set in Florida in 2012, The (Newark, N.J.) Star-Ledger reported.
It was Leutz's fifth attempt to attempt the record, and the trick, he said, was to pace himself properly, with 9 hours of gaming, followed by 45 minutes of deep sleep. Guinness World Record rules allow 5 minutes per hour to rest.
After his four-day achievement Leutz took at 12-hour nap on the couch at the home of the arcade owner, the newspaper said.
Reported gunshot was newspaper sound
GETTYSBURG, Pa., Feb. 19 (UPI) -- Police in Pennsylvania said a report of a gunshot at Gettysburg College was actually the sound of a newspaper hitting the sidewalk.
Gettysburg Borough Police Chief Joseph Dougherty said a student reported a gunshot fired by a person in a white sedan early Saturday morning, but officers later discovered the woman driving the white sedan was delivering a newspaper and had thrown one onto the sidewalk at the location in question, The Evening Sun, Hanover, Pa., reported Tuesday.
Kendra Martin, the college's director of communications, said students and employees were alerted of the incident with text messages, emails and voice mails Saturday morning and an all-clear message was sent out around 8:30 a.m. Saturday.
Museum won't test purported Lincoln hat
SPRINGFIELD, Ill., Feb. 19 (UPI) -- Officials with the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation in Illinois said they have no plans to conduct DNA tests on a stovepipe hat.
The hat, which was purportedly given by Lincoln to a southern Illinois farmer in the late 1850s or early 1860s, has been subject to questions about its authenticity since it was purchased for $6.5 million from California Lincoln collector Louise Taper in 2007, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Tuesday.
The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency board spent three months requesting the financial analysis by New York appraiser Seth Kaller, but the analysis eventually revealed Kaller did not perform any authentication work on the hat.
"The items in this collection have already been inspected and authenticated," Kaller wrote. "The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum has indicated that, based on prior in-depth research, it is comfortable with the provenance and descriptions provided. I have therefore made my valuations based on accepting the provenance information provided to me at the start of this project."
Eileen Mackevich, the presidential museum's director, said officials will not allow the hat be tested for Lincoln's DNA. He said experts are "concerned that DNA testing might do undue harm to an irreplaceable artifact."
$28,350 bottle being saved for special VIP
KARLSTAD, Sweden, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- A Swedish hotel owner said he won't open the $28,350 bottle of rum he bought at an auction until he welcomes a guest on the level of President Barack Obama.
Georg Moller, who owns a stake in the Domle Herrgard hotel in rural Varmland County, said his pricey bottle of rum, which he bought during the weekend at a wine and spirits auction, was created by master brewer John Georges at Angostura distillers on the Caribbean island of Trinidad to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the island's independence, The Local.se reported Tuesday.
Moller said the bottle will be strictly for display until the hotel has an occasion worthy of opening it in celebration.
"If ever something really, really, really unique happens, like Obama visiting us, then we'll take a sip," Moller said.
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