Quirky World ... 91-year-old woman finishes San Diego marathon

A 91-year-old woman has set time and age records at the Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego marathon.

Quirky World ... 91-year-old woman finishes San Diego marathon

On Sunday, Harriette Thompson of North Carolina became the oldest woman to compete in the race and it was her 15th time running it.

With a time of 7 hours, 7 minutes, and 42 seconds, KNSD-TV says she also broke the US record for the fastest marathon run in the 90-94 age group.

Thompson is a cancer survivor and says she just underwent nine radiation treatments for cancer in her legs.

SWEDEN: Schoolchildren received a surprise visit during their handicraft class when a moose jumped through the window.

The teacher and a dozen teenagers fled the classroom to another part of the school and locked themselves into a room to escape the thrashing animal, which had wounded itself on the broken window.

Goteborg police spokesman Thomas Fuxborg told daily Aftonbladet that the young moose “was in a panic and so were the children and teacher”.

Officers broke a window to let the schoolchildren out and later shot the wounded animal that could not find its way out of the school.

Except for the moose, no-one was injured during the incident at the high school in Molndal, near the western city of Goteborg.

china: He Liang, a farmer from the Hunan region, has invented and patented the ultimate wheeled luggage, or what he apparently calls the “multi-functional suitcase”. Photographed this week in Changsha, the motorised suitcase is said to weigh about 6.5kg. and is able to carry two people. With the help of a wheel hub electric motor in the single front wheel, the little three-wheeler can travel up to 60km on a full charge. Maximum speed is 20kph.

The starter is a rotary switch on the tiny handlebar, and there appears to be a brake handle as well. According to local media, He Liang never finished primary school but spent 10 years building his self-propelled carry-on.

USA: After going for a walk, a German shepherd puppy decided to go for a drive — straight into a pond.

John Costello, from Massachusetts said his 12-week-old puppy Rosie was so excited after going for a walk at Bolivar Pond in Canton that she jumped in his running car, hit the gear stick and shifted into drive, before falling onto the accelerator and sending the car careening into the water.

A couple of passers-by saw the commotion and helped Costello rescue Rosie. Nobody was injured, but Costello says the Dodge Neon is a total loss.

USA: A Washington state couple in their 80s say they managed to spook a would-be robber who burst into their home shortly after they returned from a Tacoma casino where they won $500.

Jim and Betty Lilja of Milton said a man in his 20s barged into their home on a Friday night with his hand in his pocket. He demanded their money and threatened to shoot. Jim Lilja says he told the intruder he was 85, so “if you want to shoot, go ahead and shoot”.

When the intruder left them alone in the living room to search the bedroom, the couple ran outside, and Jim Lilja decided to push the alarm button on his car key. That sent the robber racing out of the house and into a waiting car — without the couple’s cash.

ENGLAND: The world’s most expensive stamp, with a rich and colourful history, has gone on display in London ahead of its sale for more than £6m (€7.4m) later this month.

The only surviving 1856 one cent magenta from British Guiana has rarely been seen since it was last publicly exhibited in 1986.

On each of the three occasions, it has been sold at auction, the stamp has set a new world record and it is expected to set yet another high when it goes under the hammer in New York on June 17. The sliver of paper — which was shown off at the London base of Sotheby’s — is estimated to sell for between £6m and £12m.

ENGLAND: Highway engineers were stunned when they went to inspect a section of road and discovered a giant hole. The gaping chasm, measuring 5m across and more than 3.5m deep, was found near Wells, Somerset. Workers quickly undertook a safety study before filling the void with nearly 200 tonnes of stone.

Drainage and resurfacing work then took place, allowing the road to be reopened. It was unclear what caused the hole.

USA: Police are investigating after finding $3m worth of missing shoes at a central Kentucky home.

Officers with the Radcliff Police Department confiscated thousands of pairs of Nike shoes that were scattered in front of the home.

The shoes were supposed to be shipped in 2009 from a Nike distribution centre in Tennessee to another one in Texas, but never made it.

The women who were in possession of the shoes said they had purchased them from someone else and didn’t know they were stolen. They said they were selling them at a flea market.

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