Odd Side – August 21, 2018

Gulp! Georgian Boy Solves Six Rubik’s Cubes Under Water in One Breath

TBILISI (Reuters) – An 18-year-old student from Georgia solved six Rubik’s Cubes under water in one breath on Friday, in a bid to set a new Guinness World Record.

Vako Marchelashvili was submerged in a glass tank for just over one minute and 44 seconds as he flipped, turned and solved the cubes in front of a crowd at the Gino Paradise aqua park in Tbilisi.

He said he had been preparing for the underwater challenge for six months, training several hours a day.

“I trained a lot planning to break a record — and to ensure my safety, because even a small mistake could be dangerous and life-altering,” Marchelashvili said afterwards.

“I think my result will stay as a record for a long time. I hope to break many other records.”

After observing Marchelashvili’s attempt, the Georgian Records Federation issued a diploma confirming his result. They will send their evidence to the Guinness World Records headquarters for verification.

The current underwater record of five cubes was set by Anthony Brooks in New Jersey in the U.S. in August 2014, according to the Guinness World Record website.

Germany: No Preparations Made In Case of Alien Landing

BERLIN (AP) – The German government says it has made no preparations for the possibility that aliens might land in the European country.

In a response to questions from opposition Green Party lawmaker Dieter Janecek, the government said “there are no protocols or plans for a possible first contact with alien life.”

Justifying that stance, the government added it believes “a first contact on German territory is extremely unlikely, based on today’s scientific knowledge.” Janecek linked the government’s responses to a media article Saturday.

Mountain Lion Breaks Into Colorado Home, Kills House Cat

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) – A mountain lion that became trapped inside a Colorado home killed a house cat before police and wildlife officers were able to scare it out.

Boulder police say the homeowner came back to the house late at night and found the mountain lion inside. It appeared that it had pushed through a screen and couldn’t get back out.

The big cat roamed throughout two levels of the home for more than an hour before officers used non-lethal rounds to scare it out the front door and away from the neighborhood.

Police, who photographed the mountain lion lying down between a coffee table and a couch, called the break-in worrisome and asked residents to keep ground-level doors and windows locked at night.

Like a Fish Out Of Water: Barrels Of Bait Spill on Highway

NEWCASTLE, Maine (AP) – There are plenty of fish in the sea — and almost as many on a Maine highway.

The Portland Press Herald reports a truck carrying 35 barrels of bait fish tipped over Thursday in Newcastle, spilling the pungent fish all over the road and backing up traffic.

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said the 41-year-old truck driver told police he went into the breakdown lane to avoid hitting a vehicle stopped in traffic and lost control of the truck.

The truck driver was hospitalized for minor injuries.

Police say it took crews from multiple departments more than three hours to clean up the fish.

Police say speed and driver inattention contributed to the crash.

Man Donates to Firefighter Drive, Leaves Wedding Ring Behind

GLOUCESTER, Mass. (AP) – Massachusetts firefighters say a man who donated to their muscular dystrophy drive accidentally dropped his wedding ring into their boot.

The Gloucester Daily Times reports that firefighter Lukas McRobb was collecting donations in the city on Friday when he found the plain gold wedding band.

Lt. Kevin Gargan says the person met them at the fire station later that day, telling them “I have a funny story …,” before explaining he was the one who made the accidental donation.

Gargan says they never had anything like that happen since they started the annual donation drive.

The department has collected more than $7,300, so far. Most of the money will go toward a fund that sends young people with muscular dystrophy to summer camp.