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Farmers break world record for Scarecrow gathering

Staff at the National Forest Adventure Farm in Burton-upon-Trent have broken the Guinness World Record for the largest number of scarecrows gathered in one place.

Scarecrow number 3,312 was lifted in to position today, breaking the previous record which was held in the USA.

Throughout the summer visitors to the farm have had chance to take part in the record attempt by bringing in a ready-made scarecrow or making one on site.

Farmer Tom Robinson hopes to hit 4,000 by the time the collection closes at the end of next week.

Scarecrow World Record smashed in Staffordshire

Scarecrow 3,312 was lifted in to place. Credit: ITV News Central

The world record for the largest display of scarecrows has been broken by a farm in Burton-upon-Trent.

Earlier today scarecrow number 3,312 was lifted into position at the National Forest Adventure Farm.

The farm's visitors will have topped the current Guinness World Record of 3,311 held in Cincinnati, USA.

Thousands of scarecrows on display at Burton-upon-Trent farm Credit: ITV News Central
Scary scarecrows among the thousands of record breaking scarecrows on display. Credit: ITV News Central
National Forest Adventure Farm vow to continue collecting scarecrows. Credit: ITV News Central


Do gamblers have something in common with pigeons?

People who enjoy gambling have something in common with pigeons.

That is according to research, which suggests human gamblers and pigeons are 35% more likely to take greater risks when there is a chance of a big win.

Is it worth the gamble? Credit: Nel Pavletic/PIXSELL

Birds are distantly related to humans, yet we still share the same basic psychology that drives risk-taking. This may be due to a shared common ancestry or similar evolutionary pressures.

When people gamble, they often rely on past experiences with risk and rewards to make decisions. What we found in this study is that pigeons used these past experiences in very similar ways to guide their future gambling decisions. Any big wins we've had in the past are memorable and stand-out when we are making our decision to gamble again.

– Dr Elliot Ludvig, from the University of Warwick's Department of Psychology

The pigeons and human volunteers were testing with four options - two that led to high-value rewards and two that led to low-value rewards. Humans were rewarded with points and the birds were rewarded with food.

The study, published in the Royal Society journal Biology Letters, was conducted in collaboration with the University of Alberta, Canada, and part-funded by the Alberta Gambling Research Institute Credit: John Walton/EMPICS Sport

For each high or low reward level, one safe option resulted in a guaranteed fixed reward, and one risky option yielded a 50/50 chance of a better or worse outcome.

Both birds and humans were found to be 35% more likely to take a gamble on the high-value rewards.

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102-year-old completes Ice Bucket Challenge

The challenge taking the internet by storm has provoked celebrities, politicians and even our very own Duncan Wood and Jon Mitchell, to throw ice cold water around themselves.

The Ice Bucket Challenge aims to raise money for Motor Neurone Disease research.

A 102-year-old from Chesterfield has shown anyone can get involved, and could be one of the oldest contributors to the charity challenge. The clip has now been shared more than 4,000 times on Facebook.

Click below to watch Jack Reynolds' challenge:


Career change for West Midlands Police dogs - now in South Korea sniffing out insects

Credit: West Midlands Police

Two police spaniels have arrived in South Korea to help protect the country's buildings from termites - which feed on wood causing millions of pounds worth of damage to historic buildings.

Olivia and Oxo have been trained to sniff out drugs and explosives, and their sense of smell is thousands of times more sensitive than a human. It's more effective than thermal imaging equipment. They track down the insects by detecting their hormones.

Termites have become a problem in South Korea thanks to rising humidity levels which create a perfect condition for the insects.

Apparently most of their commands are non-verbal - so the dogs don't need to learn Korean!

Credit: West Midlands Police
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Water ski champions gather in Lincolnshire

Some of the world's top water ski champions have gathered for a tournament in Lincolnshire.

The Stokes Pro Am tournament at Hazelwood Ski World in Thorpe-on-the-Hill has attracted the current world champion and world record holder Freddy Krueger.

He will be challenged by British number one and world number three Tom Fladborg-Asher at the two-day event.

In total, 16 professionals and 37 amateurs are taking part, including local prospect 15-year-old Rob "The Rocket" Hazelwood, seen below warming up for the event:

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