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  • The record-breaking 98-year-old bottled message (Scottish government/AP)A message in a bottle has been pulled from the ocean 98 years after it was written, and officials say it is the world's oldest of its kind.

    Scottish fisherman Andrew Leaper found the letter in his nets while sailing off of Scotland's northern coast. And on Thursday, Guinness World Records confirmed that is the old message in a bottle ever found, beating the previous record holder by five years.

    "As we hauled in the nets I spotted the bottle neck sticking out and I quickly grabbed it before it fell back in the sea," Leaper, 43, told the BBC. "It was very exciting to find the bottle and I couldn't wait to open it."

    Amazingly, the previous record holder was found by the same boat, the Shetland-based "Copious."

    "We are pleased to hear that the same vessel helped to break the Guinness World Record for oldest message in a bottle twice," said a spokesperson for Guinness World Records. "This is a fascinating record, both historically and scientifically.

    In 1914, Scottish Captain C.H. Brown of

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  • Toyota is offering music festival attendees the chance to "whack a hipster." (Toyota)If you've ever been annoyed by a preening hipster, you'll soon have a socially acceptable method to vent your frustration. Toyota is sponsoring a Whac-a-Hipster game at this year's Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival in Seattle, which runs September 1-3.

    Whac-a-Hipster is a spin on the classic Whack-a-Mole game usually featured at country fairs and arcades.

    Though in a bit of irony, the bread and butter of the hipster class, the anti-hipster game is being held at a music festival largely catering to hipsters. Seattle PI reports that Toyota has been touring the game at music festivals around the country this summer.

    And not only is Seattle home to Bumbershoot, but it was also recently named the best city for hipsters, in the annual America's Favorite Cities survey.

    A press release from Toyota asks, "Ever felt the urge to 'Whac-A-Hipster'? ... [T]he Toyota Prius Family Playground will offer folks a chance to live out their hipster-whacking fantasies."

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  • Professor and author Geoffrey Nunberg has written a history of the word "A - Hole" (Creative Commons)Linguist Geoffrey Nunberg has written a scholarly study of the A-word, saying its rise in culture impacted feminism, self-discovery movements and conceptions of social class.

    The University of California, Berkeley School of Information linguist professor spoke with NPR about his book, "Ascent of the A-Word," which was released on August 14.

    "I'd meet people when I was working on the book, and even academics—they'd say, 'What are you working on?' and they'd giggle. Or they'd say, 'You must have a lot of time on your hands,'" Nunberg told NPR's "Fresh Air" host Terry Gross.

    "[T]hey reflect our genuine attitudes, rather than what we think our attitudes should be."

    Nunberg says the word's use as slang first rose to prominence during World War II, when soldiers used it when referring to an officer who took advantage of his rank, believing it gave him authority, "to either abuse his men, or makes him more important than he really is."

    According to the Historical Dictionary of American Slang,

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  • Nadal back to best, Kyrgios wins five-set thriller
    Nadal back to best, Kyrgios wins five-set thriller

    Rafael Nadal looked back to his best after recent problems as exciting Australian youngster Nick Kyrgios won a memorable five-setter to reach the quarter-finals at the Australian Open on Sunday. Spain's world number three Nadal mastered big-serving South African Kevin Anderson 7-5, 6-1, 6-4 on Rod Laver Arena to set up a last eight showdown with Czech seventh seed Tomas Berdych. It will be Nadal's eighth quarter-final appearance as he bids for his second Australian title after losing to Stan Wawrinka in last year's decider. Berdych was too strong for Australia's Bernard Tomic, winning in straight sets.

  • Golf-U.S. PGA Tour Humana Challenge scores

    Jan 25 (Infostrada Sports) - Scores from the U.S. PGA Tour Humana Challenge at the par-72 course on Saturday in La Quinta, California 199 Bill Haas (U.S.) 67 63 69 Justin Thomas (U.S.) 68 63 68 Michael Putnam (U.S.) 63 67 69 Erik Compton (U.S.) 66 66 67 200 Matt Kuchar (U.S.) 65 64 71 Ryan Palmer (U.S.) 71 61 68 Scott Pinckney (U.S.) 64 67 69 Steve Wheatcroft (U.S.) 65 67 68 202 Rory Sabbatini (South Africa) 71 68 63 Alex Cejka (Germany) 68 64 70 Nick Watney (U.S.) 67 64 71 Patrick Reed (U.S. ...

  • Soccer-La Liga results and standings

    Jan 25 (Infostrada Sports) - Results and standings from the La Liga matches on Sunday Sunday, January 25Athletic Club 1 Malaga 1 Deportivo Coruna 2 Granada CF 2 Espanyol 3 Almeria 0 Valencia 3 Sevilla 1 Saturday, January 24Atletico Madrid 3 Rayo Vallecano 1 Cordoba 1 Real Madrid 2 Elche 0 Barcelona 6 Real Sociedad 1 Eibar 0 Villarreal 1 Levante 0 Standings P W D L F A Pts 1 Real Madrid 19 16 0 3 64 16 48 2 Barcelona 20 15 2 3 54 9 47 3 Atletico Madrid 20 14 2 4 40 19 44 -------------------------4 Valencia 20 12 5 3 38 18 41 -------------------------5 Sevilla 19 12 3 4 31 20 39 6 Villarreal 20 ...

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