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Mad Minute stories for June 14, 2016

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1. CPR BRIDE

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- A new bride didn't let her white gown stop her from reviving a woman who was unconscious on a bench in Pittsburgh.

Julie Stroyne, a trauma nurse at UPMC-Presbyterian, was walking in downtown Pittsburgh Saturday night after her wedding reception when she and others from her wedding party saw the ailing woman.

Her sister Kaitlyn Stroyne tells the (Washington) Observer-Reporter (http://bit.ly/1PYym3z) the woman had no pulse. She says Stroyne kicked off her heels, got down on her knees and began performing CPR on her while others called 911.

She says everyone was saying "the bride saved the day."

The newlyweds didn't get the woman's name and don't know her condition, since once paramedics arrived they "kind of stepped back."

Julie Stroyne says "there's no time off" a nurse's duties.

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2. HIGH FIVING OCTOPUS

Octopuses are intelligent creatures, capable of learning from experience, maintaining short- and long-term memory, and even using tools such as coconuts for personal fortresses.

One of them was even able to predict World Cup results with uncanny accuracy.

Now comes the biggest proof that octopuses — not “octopi” — are truly intelligent creatures: They know how to high-five.

At least two cephalopods off the coast of Portugal can do so.

A diver managed to film the stunning sea encounter on June 1 of two octopuses engaging in the universal act of bromanship.

No word on whether they went to a sports bar afterwards, but you can hear the diver giggling.

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3. FAINTING QUEENS GUARD

A member of the Queen's Guard probably didn't plan to do this when honoring Her Majesty during her 90th birthday celebration Saturday.

The guardsman collapsed during the Trooping the Colour ceremony, which marked Queen Elizabeth's "official" birthday. 

A number of other officers came to the guardsman's aid and took him to get medical attention. 

But he shouldn't feel bad. Other guards have fainted at previous events, including a Royal Air Force officer just a day earlier. The uniforms are reportedly heavy, and it was about 70 degrees in London on both Friday and Saturday. 

People probably won't remember the incident, anyway, after seeing Princess Charlotte make her first public appearance. Charlotte and big brother Prince George stole the show as they took in the views from Buckingham Palace's balcony.

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4. AMERICAN NINJA REX

If you’ve ever wanted to appear on “American Ninja Warrior” but feared you wouldn’t be allowed to compete because, well, you’re a T. rex that’s supposedly extinct, take heart.

At 65 million years old, this carnivore from the Cretaceous period dominated the course in a way we’ve never seen anyone or anything do it. The Tyrannosaurus rex surprised the audience at the Atlanta trials, making it WAY farther than most expected him to — especially because of his short arms. 

For those who say this is just a man in a T. rex costume, we dare you to dream. Watch the dino’s epic run above. 

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5. PROSTHETIC TATTOO ARTIST

He wears his heart on his sleeve.

Tattoo artist, JC Sheitan Tenet — who lost his lower right arm 22 years ago — worked with artist and engineer Jean-Louis Gonzalez (known as “JL Gonzal”) to create a prosthetic tattoo machine.

According to a Facebook post, Gonzal used pieces of a typewriter, manometer, various pipes, as well as Tenet’s existing prosthesis to give the artist the dexterity to create tattoos. 

On June 4, the two debuted what they claim is the first-of-its-kind prosthetic at Tattoo Motor Show 2016, a convention in Davezieux, France.

A video of Tenet inking his first tattoo with their kickass collaboration was posted to Steampunk Tendencies’ Facebook page on June 7 and the video has since racked up more than 1 million views.

Tenet posted the completed tattoo that he drew with his prosthetic (a woman embracing a skull) on his Facebook page — though he did admit to Mashable he used his left hand for the majority of the tattoo and used the prosthetic mostly for shading. 

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6. SAVED BY THE SLIPPERS

A man who was struck by lightning while clearing up in his kitchen survived because he was wearing slippers.

Brian Phillips, 65, was holding a 10-inch carving knife when the bolt hit his home - throwing him across the room.

He escaped without serious harm thanks to the pair of rubber-soled loafers he was wearing.

The widower received the £15 Marks and Spencer slippers from his daughter as a Christmas present.

Brian said: "It was the biggest bang I have ever heard. It sounded like it was in the room with me while I flew back against the wall.

"I was dazed when I got up and I couldn't work out what had happened. I didn't know if it was a bomb going off or a gas explosion.

"The paramedics told me the slippers probably saved my life as they checked my feet for exit marks but they believe the rubber kept me grounded.

"My slippers are ready for the bin but I'm going to keep hold of them after that. They're not just any slippers. They're M&S slippers."

Brian was clearing up after dinner on Sunday evening when the lighting struck his home in Bedford.

He was cutting off a slice of turkey for his cat Emma when the force of the bolt hurled him several metres across the room.

Brian, who landed with the knife still in his hand, said: "It would have been quite ironic for me to have survived being struck by lightning, only to have stabbed myself with a razor sharp carving knife.

"They told me to go to hospital but it wasn't practical. I've been electrocuted before and fallen through a roof in the past.

"I am like a cat, I have got nine lives. I felt a little dodgy after banging into the wall but I am carrying a little bit of weight which probably padded me in the blast."

Retired BT worker Brian, whose wife Margaret died of cancer three years ago, wears his slippers whenever he is at home.

He was given them the Christmas before last by his daughter Sarah Tyers, 29.

Brian received a telling off from nurse Sarah for not visiting hospital following the incident.

He added: "I probably should have gone but I was just a bit dazed."

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7. FART FIGHT

Whoever smelt it, dealt punches.

Fusty flatulence led to feisty fisticuffs between two couples at Sloppy Joe's in Key West, Fla., sending at least one person to the hospital.

Stoner and the suspect exchanged words, before the argument escalated with the unknown woman getting out of her seat and confronting Stoner in "an aggressive manner," according to the Miami Herald.

A man with the alleged culprit tried to pull her away, but Stoner's boyfriend, Richard McBride, and others joined in on the argument.

McBride reportedly pushed the man who retaliated by punching McBride in his face.

After McBride tackled the man to the ground, the couple quickly escaped.

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8. FIREFIGHTERS CALLED TO RESCUE COW

It "cud" have been worse.

British firefighters were moo-ved to post pictures of an unusual animal rescue online following requests from Twitter users.

North Yorkshire Fire said crews with specialist animal-rescue gear attended to a cow who had gotten its head stuck in a tree on Sunday.

After attempting to free the cow with farm machinery and hydraulic spreaders, crews used a saw and chainsaw to release the animal.

The fire department called it a "happy ending for all."

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9. BOYFRIEND SUING OVER DATE MONEY

MOSCOW — Every breakup has its cost — and one Russian put an exact price tag on it: $680.

Nikolai Zyablikov, 38, sued his ex-girlfriend for "illegal enrichment" during the course of his courtship, Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper reported Monday.

The owner of a law firm claimed 29-year-old Nina Zgurskaya took advantage of his amorous feelings, and led him to spend 45,000 rubles ($680) on entertaining her.

Zyablikov took the case to a district court in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, where it was shot down an appeal, according to the court's website.

"I loved her, and she decided to take advantage of me to have a vacation"

Zyablikov provided receipts to back up his case. Most of them were linked to a trip for two to Crimea, an annexed Ukrainian peninsula that is a popular holiday getaway for Russians.

Unsurprisingly, the couple has radically different explanations for what how the money was spent.

Zyablikov told several media outlets that the woman asked him to fund a "friendly" trip for the two of them — only to dump him, ending what he characterized as a brief relationship.

Zgurskaya maintains she was expecting their four-year romance to culminate in a marriage proposal in Crimea, and "flipped out" when it did not, Ren-TV television reported.

The court did not publish a reason for its verdict, which was handed down Thursday. The case went unnoticed by media until this week.

Zyablikov, who has not said whether he plans to continue what has already become a months-long court battle, was quoted earlier as saying that he would not collect the money had he won.

"I wasn't going to take her money," he told Bloknot-Krasnoyarsk.ru, a local news website. "I loved her, and she decided to take advantage of me to have a vacation."

For her part, Zgurskaya said that she trusts men "much less now," according to Komsomolskaya Pravda.

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10. PHILLIPINES NOT AT WAR

Facebook has apologised after it accidentally reported that the Philippines had gone to WAR.

The social network made the blunder when it posted the above image in honour of Philippine Independence Day on June 12.

But instead of the country's actual flag with the blue part up top and the red portion below, Facebook's home page showed the red at the top and blue at the bottom.

As explained by the Philippine Star, this arrangement is taken as "signifying the country is in a state of war".

Read more: Mark Zuckerberg apologises for Facebook's 'Safety Check' gaffe

"Happy Independence Day! Here's to all of the Philippines' health, happiness and prosperity," the Facebook banner read , but online users quickly told them of the error.

"This was unintentional, and we're sorry," the social network said in a statement sent to the Star. "We care deeply about the community in the Philippines and, in an attempt to connect people on Independence Day, we made a mistake."

The Flag and Heraldic Code of the Philippines states that the flag is flown with the blue field on top in time of peace.

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