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Lightning caught on camera up close in Ireland
Ben Hooper
DUBLIN, Ireland, May 27 (UPI) -- An Irish woman recording a hailstorm for her mother said she fell to the ground when she recorded a close-up shot of a bolt of lightning.

Russian waitress serves beat-down to handsy customer
Ben Hooper
KAZAN, Russia, May 27 (UPI) -- Security cameras at a Russian restaurant captured the moment a waitress used a menu to swat a handsy customer to the ground.

Iowa woman's 'worthless scarecrow' hosts nest of baby birds
Ben Hooper
MASON CITY, Iowa, May 27 (UPI) -- An Iowa woman's video of her "worthless scarecrow" revealed the object has become a home to -- rather than a deterrent against -- a family of birds.

Dog strapped to motorcyclist's back on U.S. interstate
Ben Hooper
ORANGE, Calif., May 27 (UPI) -- A man riding in a car on a stretch of U.S. interstate captured footage of a goggle-wearing dog strapped to the back of a motorcyclist traveling 70 mph.

Dog in China sports two $12,000 Apple Watches on social media
Elizabeth Shim
BEIJING, May 27 (UPI) -- A Siberian Husky has upstaged Katy Perry, Beyoncé and even Jay Z by sporting not one, but two gold Apple Watches on its front paws.

Kenyan man offers 50 cows, 70 sheep and 30 goats for Malia Obama's hand in marriage
Ben Hooper
NAIROBI, Kenya, May 27 (UPI) -- A Kenyan lawyer is offering President Barack Obama 50 cows, 70 sheep and 30 goats in exchange for first daughter Malia Obama's hand in marriage.

Screaming Florida kayaker lands 552-pound goliath grouper
Ben Hooper
SANIBEL, Fla., May 27 (UPI) -- A Florida man landed an 83-inch-long goliath grouper experts said could be "the largest bottom fish ever [caught] from a kayak."

Navy officer told uniform does not meet hotel bar's dress code
Ben Hooper
NEW YORK, May 27 (UPI) -- A New York hotel apologized after a sailor was turned away from the business' cocktail lounge because her U.S. Navy uniform was not up to dress code.

Merriam-Webster adds 1,700 words including 'WTF' and 'meme'
Andrew V. Pestano
WASHINGTON, May 27 (UPI) -- Merriam-Webster has added more than 1,700 new words into its dictionary, including "emoji," "colossal squid" and even "WTF" for when you see "NSFW" "memes."

Demon-summoning 'Charlie Charlie Challenge' takes Twitter by storm
Ben Hooper
WASHINGTON, May 26 (UPI) -- The "Charlie Charlie Challenge," a craze sweeping Twitter and social media platforms, features teens using pencils in an attempt to summon a Mexican demon.