Mad Minute stories from Monday, February 12th

MANSFIELD, Texas (AP) -- A Siamese cat born during President Ronald Reagan's administration has been named by Guinness World Records as the world's oldest living cat.

Guinness says Scooter celebrated his 30th birthday on March 26. He lives in Mansfield, Texas.

Owner Gail Floyd attributes Scooter's longevity to staying active. She tells Guinness he keeps busy by traveling and has visited 45 of the 50 states. Some of his favorite activities include getting blow-dried after baths and snacking on chicken every other day.

Scooter isn't Guinness' oldest cat of all time, though. That mark belongs to a fellow Texas cat, which lived to be 38.


NEW YORK (AP) -- A man has beaten the odds by winning $1 million in the New York Lottery for a second time.

Lottery officials will be revealing the $1 million winner Wednesday on Long Island. They say the same Suffolk County man won $1 million in 2012.

The check presentation will be made at a gas station and convenience store in West Babylon.

Repeat winners are rare, but not unheard of, in New York and other places.


ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Forget "Uptown Funk." The Alaska wild is grooving to the smooth "moose-ic" of wind chimes.

Britta Schroeder shot video of a moose playing one-part harmony with the wind chimes on the porch of her rural cabin near Denali National Park and Preserve, and it's quickly making its way across the Internet.

Schroeder heard the chimes around 10:30 p.m. May 4. She looked out the window of her home near Healy, Alaska, about 10 miles north of the park's entrance, but it didn't look windy.

The chimes continued to sound for two to three more minutes. Then she heard a thump on her porch.

"My dogs' ears perked up," she said. "I knew it was going to be an animal."

Sure enough, there was a moose, rubbing its head against the wind chimes and gumming the glass disc pendulum that hangs down from the middle of the instrument.

She opened the door of her cabin wide enough to get her cellphone through to shoot video but still keep her dog inside.

Schroeder said a cow and two moose calves had spent some time near her cabin since last summer but she had not seen the family since March. She assumes the mother has kicked the calves out, and this one returned to her yard.

As for the "moose-ical" interlude, Schroeder isn't going to venture a guess as to what attracted the moose to the wind chimes.

Apparently even moose live by the adage that it isn't a party until something is broken. The animal probably left after it snapped the wooden base of the chimes in half, Schroeder said. A little glue made it good as new.


FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (AP) -- Politely holding a door open for a police officer has landed a Massachusetts man in jail.

Authorities say Kayvon Mavaddat was at the Natick Mall on Friday when he held the door for the leaving officer. That officer thought Mavaddat looked familiar, and went to check his cruiser's computer. The officer found there were three warrants out for his arrest - for heroin possession, shoplifting and driving with a suspended license.

The officer returned to the mall and arrested Mavaddat.

The MetroWest Daily News reports the 28-year-old Mavaddat was held without bail at his arraignment Monday when his probation officer told the judge he routinely skips court dates, court-ordered drug tests and fails to pay probation fees.

Mavaddat's lawyer argued for release, saying he has a job now and can pay the fees.


TACOMA, Wash. - A white ball python fell from a vent in the ceiling onto a nurse's work station at Tacoma General Hospital on April 30.

Hospital officials say the staff had been alerted a visitor's pet snake -- that escaped from a pet carrier -- could show up anywhere.

The hospital doesn't generally allow pets inside of the building, officials said.

After capture, the snake was returned to its owner by hospital security personnel.

Ball python snakes are not venomous and are popular as pets, due to a generally docile temperament.


NENANA, Alaska (AP) -- Alaska's favorite guessing game didn't appear to be too hard to predict this year.

There were a whopping 44 winners of the Nenana Ice Classic, evenly splitting the $300,000 jackpot. The annual game is a prediction of when the ice will go out on the Tanana River in Nenana. The tripod set up on the ice was tripped at 3:39 p.m. Alaska Standard Time on April 23.

Ice classic manager Cherrie Forness says each ticket holder will pocket $6,818. The winner's names and where they purchased their tickets will be posted on the game's website.

Forness said as far as she knows, all the winners were from Alaska.

The 44 winning tickets is a lot, but far from a record. Forness says there were 58 winning tickets in 1973.


A new dating website is offering to pair Americans with Canadian singles to save them from a Donald Trump presidency. promises love and a U.S. escape plan if Trump becomes commander-in-chief.

CEO Joe Goldman says 4,150 people have signed up for the site -- 70 per cent of them Canadian.

The Texas-based Goldman says he hatched the idea while watching Trump's "Super Tuesday" victories in March.

During the primaries, American Google searches for "move to Canada" hit record numbers.

Previously, Destination Cape Breton has pitched the Nova Scotian island as a Trump-free paradise.


DELTONA, Fla. (AP) - A Florida man shot himself in the arm while cleaning a handgun, but didn't realize it until three days later when he finally changed shirts and found a bullet hole.

An arrest report says Volusia County Sheriff's deputies were called after 37-year-old Michael Blevins went to a hospital Saturday. Blevins told them he was cleaning a .22 caliber pistol on Thursday when he held it against his chest to keep his dog from jumping near it.

The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports as Blevins stood up, his back gave out and he fell. He says he heard a gunshot but didn't feel pain from that, possibly because of medicine he takes for back pain.

He says he went about his business until Saturday when he changed shirts and saw the entrance and exit wounds.


LONDON (AP) -- There's no sinking feeling for the scientists who inadvertently gave the world Boaty McBoatface. In fact, they're buoyant.

The leader of Britain's Natural Environment Research Council said Tuesday that its name-the-ship competition, which drew global attention when it was won by a jokey Mc-moniker, was "an incredible success."

Parliament's Science and Technology Committee grilled council officials about the contest, which invited the public to help name a new 200 million pound ($288 million) polar research vessel.

Boaty McBoatface was suggested by a former BBC radio host, and drew 124,000 votes, more than three times its nearest rival.

Despite the vote, the vessel was christened Sir David Attenborough in honor of the naturalist and broadcaster - though one of the ship's remotely operated submarines is being named Boaty McBoatface.

Some Boaty-backers took the decision badly, expressing anger that their views had been disregarded.

The committee is studying science communication, and wanted to know whether the research council considered the contest a success - or, as committee chairwoman Nicola Blackwood, put it, would staff have to "walk the plank?"

Council chief executive Duncan Wingham said that far from being an embarrassment, the contest was "an astonishingly great outcome for us. In addition, it has put a smile on everybody's face."

"Although Boaty McBoatface was the tagline that took the story around the world, we can see evidence time and time again of people reading about the boat, reading about the science and learning more about the work that we do," he said.

The council said half a million people visited its website during the competition, and 214 million Twitter users were reached through the hashtag boatymcboatface.

Wingham said the council hoped to continue to generate interest from what Blackwood called the "Boaty brand."

"We have engaged with a great deal of young folk," Wingham said. "That is why we are very keen to continue the name, albeit on a smaller vessel."

As for what the future might hold for Boaty, he said "the submarines themselves will have many adventures."


BROOKFIELD, Mass. (AP) - A fire at an old Massachusetts farmhouse is being blamed on a shaving mirror left outside in the sun.

Brookfield fire Chief Peter Martell tells The Telegram & Gazette that the magnifying mirror was on a bench on the home's deck Monday when it reflected a beam of sunlight onto the side of the wooden house, sparking the blaze.

The fire was reported at about 2:30 p.m. by a passer-by who noticed smoke.

Only one of the house's three residents was home at the time. He escaped without injury.

Martell says the house sustained extensive damage and the Red Cross helped residents find temporary housing.

The home had working smoke detectors.

Brookfield is about 60 miles west of Boston.


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