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Bullet fired in Mexico hits El Paso woman

A bullet fired during a shoot-out in Mexico ended up hitting a woman in El Paso over half a mile away. Maria Romero was pushing a stroller around town…

7 Giant Fences Dividing Good Neighbors

The existing 650-mile fence along the U.S.-Mexican border has been a hot political topic in the States for the last few years, and with the Republican primary campaign in full swing, it’s making headlines again. Already, Michele Bachmann has promised to build a “double-walled fence” along the entire 2,000-mile border, while Herman Cain has said [...]

Homesick pigs swim a mile across the sea

Two Tamworth boars were filmed swimming a mile across the ocean in the north-west of Scotland. Not content to graze on an uninhabited island the pigs …

One Hundred Years of the Indy 500

The first 500-mile race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway took place on May 30, 1911. That very first race was a story for the ages. Forty cars started the race, but only a dozen actually finished it. People were excited by the amount of money at stake (the winner’s share would be $10,000, an impressive sum in [...]

The Quick 10: Boston Marathon Facts

I’m out again next week, and once again, the lovely Adrienne Crezo will be keeping you entertained and educated. I know – it’s awfully close to my last vacation, but it’s actually just a trip postponed from last year. My sister-in-law ran her first Boston Marathon in 2010, you see, but I was too pregnant [...]

Does Running Burn More Calories Than Walking?

Back in middle school, I was the lazy jerk who always walked the mile they made us run every so often in phys ed class. “C’mon, Riggs!” the (fat) coach would yell, “get out there and run! Burn some fat!” As it turns out, what I always suspected is true: I burned just about as [...]

1,000 dead birds fall from sky in Arkansas

An investigation is ongoing to determine why 1,000 blackbirds fell out of the sky over a 1-mile area. Reports started to reach the Arkansas Game and F…

How to Fall 35,000 Feet—And Survive

It’s a terrifying scenario you may have dreamed about: falling to earth from a high altitude. A very few people have survived such an event. Popular Mechanics has a survival guide that will take you longer to read than the six mile fall would take. Things are bad. But now’s the time to focus on the [...]

5 Amazing Journeys On A Penny Farthing

I don’t know how you can ride for more than a mile on a penny farthing {wiki}. No brakes, no gears, and no stopping, or you’ll fall off! These five lunatics have managed thousands of miles on them. For example, Thomas Stevens rode one of these early bicycles around the world! The only supplies Stevens had [...]

Pumpkin Cannon Fires Squash One Mile

(YouTube Link) John Gill and Gary Arold of Hurley, New York built a compressed air cannon in 2006 that can fire a pumpkin (but they prefer squash as ammunition) up to a mile away. Adam Bosch writes in the Times Herald-Record: The cannon is mostly used on weekends to attract people to Gill’s Farm Market on Route [...]