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Mississippi woman's massive alligator beats hunting record by 1/8-inch
Ben Hooper
PORT GIBSON, Miss., Aug. 29 (UPI) -- Mississippi wildlife officials confirmed a woman's massive alligator catch is a new state record by a margin of only 1/8 of an inch.

Baby shark temporarily beaches itself to catch fish in Maldives
Ben Hooper
KULHUDHUFFUSHI, Maldives, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- A beach visitor in the Maldives captured footage of a hungry baby shark temporarily beaching itself in its quest to capture a fish.

Photographer snaps bats having on-field sex during Ravens-Lions game
Ben Hooper
BALTIMORE, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- A news photographer at the Ravens-Lions game captured an image of an unusual pair of on-field streakers: two bats having sex.

Black bear runs through Chick-fil-A parking lot in West Virginia
Ben Hooper
CHARLESTON, W.Va., Aug. 29 (UPI) -- A black bear with a taste for chicken was filmed taking a morning run through the parking lots of a Chik-fil-A and Buffalo Wild Wings in West Virginia.

Bystanders prop up collapsing roller coaster with kids on board at Georgia fair
Ben Hooper
CARTERSVILLE, Ga., Aug. 29 (UPI) -- Shocked onlookers at a Georgia county fair jumped into action to prop up a roller coaster that collapsed with kids on board.

Man trying to rescue cellphone gets trapped in portable toilet's poop tank
Ben Hooper
DRAMMEN, Norway, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- A Norwegian man learned his lesson about playing hero when he entered a portable toilet to rescue a friend's cellphone and became trapped among the feces.

Police: $10,000 lottery thief's attempt to cash in $1,000 winner leads to arrest
Ben Hooper
OCALA, Fla., Aug. 29 (UPI) -- A Florida man accused of stealing more than $10,000 worth of lottery tickets was arrested after posing for a photo at a store where he tried to cash a winner.

Batman costume earns Guinness record for functioning gadgets on a cosplay suit
Ben Hooper
GALWAY, Ireland, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- A dedicated Irish Batman fan who aimed to create the most impressive costume earned a Guinness World Record for most functional gadgets on a cosplay suit.

Michigan $1M lottery winner: 'My knees buckled and I fell to the floor'
Yvette C. Hammett
LANSING, Mich., Aug. 28 (UPI) -- Fran Price's knees buckled and she couldn't stop crying when she got the call that she'd won Michigan's $1 million Play it Again giveaway.

Israeli artist crystallizes dress in Dead Sea salt
Sarah Mulé
LONDON, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- Sigalit Landau drew inspiration from an old Yiddish play for her new project "Salt Bride," which involved crystallizing a dress in the water of the Dead Sea.