QUIRKY WORLD ... Parents persevere as toddler flushes ring down the toilet

USA: A Washington family says sewage workers found a diamond in the rough after their four-year-old son flushed his mother’s wedding ring down the toilet.

Ryan and Anna Cornish reached out to Bothell city workers asking for help to retrieve the ring.

Water and sewer maintenance supervisor Ted Stonebridge says workers found the ring a day later after sifting through paper, rock and human waste.

Ryan Cornish says that he took the ring to be cleaned before sharing the good news with his wife. The parents say they had been planning to hand down the ring to their younger daughter.

USA: Chewbacca Mom has a new toy to play with after Hasbro unveiled a custom action figure bearing her likeness.

Candace Payne’s wildly popular video of her hysterically laughing while wearing Hasbro’s toy Chewbacca mask has gained more than 157 million views on Facebook since she posted it nearly a month ago.

She was invited to the toymaker’s Rhode Island headquarters last week and presented with an action figure with her head on Chewbacca’s body that comes complete with a removable mini Chewbacca mask.

The doll spouts several of Payne’s catchphrases from the Facebook video, including “I am such a happy Chewbacca”.

Payne has been showered with gifts and has made numerous appearances to discuss the video in recent weeks.

USA: Dozens of serpents have been collected as a part of an annual Rattlesnake Roundup in northeastern Pennsylvania.

Thirty-nine of the 59 registered hunters brought in a rattlesnake to Noxen during the weekend. Eight poisonous copperheads and 20 nonvenomous snakes were also hauled in.

The largest dark phase and light phase rattlesnakes both came in at over a metre. The heaviest rattlesnake weighed 1.8kg, and one hunter brought in a rattlesnake with 13 rattles.

The largest nonvenomous snake was a black rat snake that measured nearly 1.3m.

The four-day event sanctioned by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission was first held in 1973 and raises money for the Noxen Fire Department and other local groups.

The snakes are returned to their natural habitat.

USA: Wildlife officials say a bear attacked a woman running a marathon in a national preserve in northern New Mexico.

The woman suffered several bites and scratches and had injuries to her head, neck and upper body that weren’t life-threatening.

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish says the woman was racing when a female black bear confronted her in the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Officers say the victim surprised the bear after her cub had run up a nearby tree.

Other joggers helped her until emergency crews arrived. She was airlifted to an Albuquerque hospital.

USA: Catching a train at New York’s crowded Penn Station is no thrill. But a development team has proposed a novel plan to overhaul the station: Build a 400m thrill ride on top of it and pay for renovations by charging €30 a ticket.

The plan submitted to state officials envisions a transparent tower called the Halo with 11 gondolas offering free-fall rides of varying speeds.

“You’re experiencing New York City in an unforgettable way,” said Alexandros Washburn, president of Brooklyn Capital Partners, the partnership behind the plan. “It’s something you will not be able to do anywhere else in the world.”

Other ideas floated for have included building office towers.


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