ALL OFFBEAT STORIES
[CaRP] XML error: Mismatched tag at line 100
[CaRP] php_network_getaddresses: getaddrinfo failed: Name or service not known (0)
Police believe thieves steal Venezuela zoo animals to eat them - 16 Aug 2017 at 6:53pm - MARACAIBO, Venezuela (Reuters) - Venezuela authorities are investigating the theft of animals from a zoo in western state of Zulia that were likely snatched to be eaten, a further sign of hunger in a country struggling with chronic food shortages.
Belgian town cooks giant omelet amidst egg scare - 15 Aug 2017 at 8:40pm - MALMEDY, Belgium (Reuters) - A Belgian town honored its 22-year-old tradition of making a giant omelet on Tuesday amidst an egg contamination scare, cooking 10,000 eggs in a pan four meters wide.
Bladerunners: UK lawnmowers in 12-hour endurance race - 14 Aug 2017 at 12:21pm - FIVE OAKS, England (Reuters) - Drivers donned their suits and climbed into their cockpits at the weekend for a 12-hour endurance race with a difference: they weren't driving rallying cars, but lawnmowers.
Boris in Union Jack underpants? Musical comedy finds the fun in Brexit - 14 Aug 2017 at 3:06am - EDINBURGH (Reuters) - A retelling of Britain's vote to leave the European Union and its dramatic political consequences might perhaps be framed as high drama or extreme farce.
Woman charged with faking cancer, keeping donations from New York towns - 11 Aug 2017 at 6:25pm - (Reuters) - A 38-year-old Orlando woman who pretended to have terminal cancer and accepted donations when she lived in New York's Westchester County several years ago was arrested on Friday and charged with fraud, U.S. prosecutors said.
Sick of congested roads, German man swims to work - 10 Aug 2017 at 3:56pm - MUNICH (Reuters) - Fed-up with the grind of taking a bus or bike to work every day on congested streets in Munich, Benjamin David started swimming there instead.
Low-crime Singapore investigating man after toothpicks found in bus seat - 8 Aug 2017 at 10:48am - SINGAPORE (Reuters) - A 60-year-old Singaporean man is under investigation for inserting toothpicks into a seat on a public bus, a suspected case of "mischief" that could put him behind bars for up to two years, the police said on Tuesday.
Boasts could expose culprits in decapitation of Australian dinosaur replicas - 8 Aug 2017 at 6:40am - (Reuters) - Australian police on Tuesday said they expected the individuals who decapitated three dinosaur replicas at a museum to boast about their trophies to friends, so bringing about their own exposure.
Czech pig farm to quit WW2 Roma concentration camp site - 7 Aug 2017 at 8:03pm - PRAGUE (Reuters) - The Czech government has persuaded an agricultural firm to sell a pig farm partly covering the site of a World War Two Nazi concentration camp where most of the victims were Roma.
Cooked It tops pecking order in real life Chicken Run - 7 Aug 2017 at 11:49am - BONSALL, England (Reuters) - While pundits often say some of the best runners can fly, one group of competitors gathered in England's Peak District really did have wings and feathers.
Constipated gorilla in Kansas zoo recovering after surgery - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) ? A constipated 49-year-old lowland gorilla at the Topeka Zoo in Kansas is recovering after having surgery. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that zoo Director Brendan Wiley says the procedure that Tiffany underwent Wednesday went "really well." A significant amount of stool was found in her colon and was flushed out. Wiley says the best-case scenario is that she will bounce back. If issues continue, test results will be reviewed to determine how to treat her constipation. The zoo said staff reported on Friday that the gorilla wasn't acting like herself. Staff thought a storm the previous night might have upset her, but over the following days, she lost more of her appetite.
NY courts spokesman fired after saying he 'barely' worked - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - NEW YORK (AP) ? The New York state court system's longtime communications chief was fired Thursday after inadvertently telling a reporter that he "barely" went to work at his $166,000-a-year job. David Bookstaver's firing came a day after the New York Post reported he unwittingly dialed a reporter's voicemail, which captured him conversing with someone else ? and acknowledging that he was sloughing off at the office. "I'm not doing anything. I barely show up to work," Bookstaver said in a part of the recording the newspaper posted online. The 58-year-old had been planning to retire in October from his communications director job. Instead, he was terminated, chief court spokesman Lucian Chalfen said.
Big catch! Drunken woman allegedly bites fisherman's line - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm -
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (AP) ? It wasn't exactly the catch a Florida man was hoping for while fishing in the Atlantic Ocean. Instead, deputies say a drunken 22-year-old woman cursed at him before swimming up to his fishing line, biting it and swimming away with the rigging. St. Johns County Sheriff's officials tell local news outlets the fisherman told deputies the incident happened Tuesday evening as he was fishing with a rented pole near St. Augustine. Deputies asked Alexandria Turner to come to the pier office, but she became belligerent. Investigators say Turner created a scene and upset the "sense of public norm at the pier" when they tried to take her into custody. She was arrested on suspicion of intoxication and resisting arrest.
Driver forced to gun engine and jump rising drawbridge - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - LOWER TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) ? A driver was forced to gun his engine and jump a drawbridge that began rising as he crossed it with his family. Terence Naphys, of West Deptford Township, had paid the toll to cross the Middle Thorofare Bridge with three family members in his vehicle on Aug. 1. The bridge links Cape May with the Wildwoods near the Jersey shore. As he was crossing the steel grate, it began to rise 3 to 6 feet (0.9 to 1.8 meters) because a vessel was trying to cross, police said. "My wife said, 'I think the bridge is opening,'" Terence Naphys told KYW-TV in Philadelphia. "He accelerated, and of course then we landed with a big impact on the concrete on the side," said Jackie Naphys.
Men say they've set record for traversing Boston's subway - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - REVERE, Mass. (AP) ? Two Boston-area residents say they've set the world record for travelling to every stop on the city's subway system in about 7 1/2 hours. The Boston Globe reports Dominic DiLuzio and Alex Cox accomplished the feat on Friday in 7 hours, 29 minutes and 46 seconds. The men hope to get official recognition from Guinness World Records and are submitting photos, videos and other evidence. DiLuzio says he came up with the plan and enlisted Cox, a Massachusetts Department of Transportation employee. They started their journey around 5:30 a.m. at Cambridge's Alewife Station, which is the end of the Red Line. They ended at about 1 p.m. at Revere's Wonderland stop, at the end of the Blue Line.
Golden retriever digs up heroin in Oregon backyard - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm -
MCMINNVILLE, Ore. (AP) ? An Oregon family's golden retriever has been honored by a sheriff for digging up $85,000 worth of black tar heroin in a family's backyard. KATU-TV reported (http://bit.ly/2xb1MmW ) Friday that the owners of the 18-month-old dog named Kenyon thought he had dug up a time capsule in their backyard, so they decided to film themselves opening it. As they did, they realized Kenyon had found drugs. Yamhill County Sheriff Tim Svenson identified the substance as more than 15 ounces of black tar heroin. Svenson presented Kenyon with a ribbon and named him an honorary narcotics dog for life. ___ Information from: KATU-TV, http://www.katu.com/
Escape artist llama makes bid for freedom on golf course - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - JACKSON, N.H. (AP) ? Maybe these golfers in New Hampshire didn't yell "fore" but they might have considered "llama on the links." Golfers at Eagle Mountain Golf Course in Jackson were joined Monday on the sixth fairway by a llama that escaped from his pen about 2 miles (over 3 kilometers) through some woods. The Conway Daily Sun reports (http://bit.ly/2vDrq5N) that the pack animal, named Noir, was friendly and got in pictures with the golfers. The fugitive is well known to local police. Officers escorted him home in June when he escaped from his electric fence enclosure. And this time, Jackson Police Chief Chris Perley again returned him to his pen with help from his owner, Russ Miller.
Call the fashion cops: 'Jorts-wearing bandit' hits St. Louis - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - ST. LOUIS (AP) ? Anyone who recognizes a man accused of robbing stores in the St. Louis area while wearing jean shorts is being urged to call "the fashion police." St. Louis County Police dubbed the suspect the "jorts-wearing bandit" in a tweet on Monday, and included a photo. The tweet says the suspect's "disregard for the law is as offensive as his disregard for fashion trends." Officer Ben Granda said the unarmed suspect approached a cashier at a Walgreens store in Lemay with merchandise on Aug. 8, and then overpowered her when she opened the cash drawer. The man is also suspected of targeting at least two Walgreens stores in the city of St. Louis. No serious injuries have been reported.
Televisoras en EEUU mostrarán el eclipse total de sol - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - Las cámaras tienen filtros solares para capturar el eclipse en sus fases parciales, además de modificaciones que puede fotografiar la corona y ondas de luz que son invisibles para el ojo humano, permitiendo con ello a los científicos ver y estudiar la temperatura y composición del sol en una forma solamente posibles durante eclipses totales, dijo. Dantowitz, afiliado a la Dexter Southfield School en Brookline, Massachusetts, ofrece su experiencia en el programa de NOVA "Eclipse Over America", que se transmitirá el lunes a las 9 p.m. hora del este de Estados Unidos en PBS.
24-year-old bear's testicular cancer surgery successful - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - 24-year-old bear's testicular cancer surgery successful Doctors placed Shash under sedation to get a better look at his overall condition and found he had an enlarged testicle.
Lucky carrot: Alberta woman finds mother-in-law's lost ring - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - CAMROSE, Alberta (AP) ? A Canadian woman who lost her engagement ring 13 years ago while weeding her garden on the family farm is wearing it proudly again after her daughter-in-law pulled it from the ground on a misshapen carrot. Mary Grams, 84, said she can't believe the lucky carrot actually grew through and around the diamond ring she had long given up hope of finding. Grams said she never told her husband, Norman, that she lost the ring, but told her son. Her husband died five years ago. "I feel relieved and happy inside," Grams said this week. "It grew into the carrot. I still can't figure it out.
Man charged with spraying manure on US Border Protection car - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) ? A man who says his livelihood in agriculture has been nearly ruined by people who entered the country illegally to work on local farms is facing charges he sprayed liquid manure on a marked U.S. Customs and Border Protection car after confronting an agent about immigration enforcement. Mark Johnson is due in court Thursday in North Hero to answer charges of assault and disorderly conduct from the Aug. 3 spraying at the edge of a farm field about 2 miles (3 kilometers) south of the Canadian border. Johnson, who does custom manure spreading, said he didn't know the border patrol agent was behind him when he turned on his spreader.
The Latest: Nude suspect sits on Los Angeles harbor crane - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - LOS ANGELES (AP) ? The Latest on a car theft suspect perched on a crane in Los Angeles harbor (all times local): 8:30 p.m. A suspected car thief has been perched high atop a Port of Los Angeles loading crane for well over an hour as police wait below, and he has now taken off all his clothes. The LAPD says the man is suspected of stealing an SUV from a San Bernardino car dealership Wednesday. Police chased him to the loading dock where he hiked up the stairs to the top of the crane some 140 feet above the ground and ocean. He took off his shirt and shoes after ascending the crane, and minutes later took off his pants. At times he walks around or dangles a leg over the side of the narrow arm.
Bavarian black swan finds companion through lonely hearts ad - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - BERLIN (AP) ? A black swan in Bavaria is no longer alone after finding a mate thanks to a lonely hearts ad. The German news agency dpa reported Thursday that the female swan had been living on her own on a lake near Castle Rosenau since her partner died last year ? believed killed by a fox. Concerned by the bird's solitude, Bavarian officials published a lonely hearts ad and got lucky: a swan breeder from nearby Ingolstadt offered a match. Christoph Schaeftlein of Rosenau Castle told dpa the birds' first days together had been "harmonious." The new swan is only 1 year old, so its gender couldn't yet be determined. Schaeftlein, however, said the widowed swan didn't seem to care, adding "both swans are happily swimming on the lake."
Are you for real? Police check out man looking for dentures - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - BERLIN (AP) ? A wary woman in southern Germany alerted police after a man buzzed on the door and asked for permission to search her balcony for his false teeth. Police in Rheinfelden near the Swiss border reported Thursday that an interrogation of the 56-year-old man soon showed that his unusual request was sincere. He said he had visited a friend living a few floors above the woman and lost his dentures while sitting on the friend's balcony. Police say the man's dentures had fallen off the balcony and he was simply trying to track down his much-needed teeth. The man's name was not given in line with German privacy laws. Police wrote they don't know if he ever found his dentures.
Un cisne negro en Baviera encuentra compañero con un anuncio - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - BERLÍN (AP) ? Una hembra de cisne negro en Baviera ha dejado de estar sola, tras encontrar un nuevo compañero a través de un anuncio de contactos. El animal vivía solo en un lago cerca del castillo Rosenau desde la muerte de su compañero el año pasado, se cree que cazado por un zorro, indicó la agencia alemana de noticias dpa. Preocupadas por la soledad del ave, las autoridades bávaras publicaron un anuncio y tuvieron suerte: un criador de cisnes en la cercana Ingolstadt ofreció una pareja. Los primeros días de los pájaros juntos han sido ?armoniosos?, indicó a dpa Christoph Schaeftlein, del castillo Rosenau. El nuevo cisne sólo tiene un año, de modo que aún no se ha podido determinar su sexo.
Muere una delfín en playa española mientras gente la tocaba - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - MADRID (AP) ? Un grupo ambientalista español pidió a la gente en las playas que se abstengan de rodear, tocar o fotografiar a los animales marinos varados luego de la muerte de un delfín bebé la semana pasada. Fotos en la prensa española y las redes sociales mostraron adultos y niños acariciando a una pequeña delfín en el mar en Mojacar, en el sureste del país. Equinac, una ONG que busca proteger los animales marinos en la provincia meridional de Almería, dijo que la delfín murió el 11 de agosto antes de que los expertos pudieran salvarla. El grupo dijo en su página en Facebook que los cetáceos son muy susceptibles al estrés, y que al verse rodeados estrechamente por la gente pueden sufrir un shock y morir.
Mujer encuentra en una zanahoria anillo extraviado hace años - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - CAMROSE, Alberta, Canadá (AP) ? Una mujer que perdió su anillo de compromiso hace 13 años cuando arrancaba las hierbas en su jardín, vuelve a presumirlo desde que su nuera lo encontró enterrado, atravesado por una zanahoria deforme. La canadiense Mary Grams, de 84 años, dijo que hace mucho había perdido las esperanzas de hallar el anillo de diamante y aún no puede creer su suerte de que la zanahoria hubiera crecido a través de él. Ella jamás reveló la pérdida a su esposo Norman, pero sí a su hijo. Su esposo murió hace cinco años. ?Me siento aliviada y feliz?, dijo Grams. ?Se ensartó en la zanahoria. No entiendo cómo pudo ser?.
Best weird AP news: 'Jorts-wearing bandit,' Denture-seeker - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - LUCKY CARROT: ALBERTA WOMAN FINDS MOTHER-IN-LAW'S LOST RING CAMROSE, Alberta (AP) ? A Canadian woman who lost her engagement ring 13 years ago while weeding her garden on the family farm is wearing it proudly again after her daughter-in-law pulled it from the ground on a misshapen carrot. Mary Grams, 84, said she can't believe the lucky carrot actually grew through and around the diamond ring she had long given up hope of finding. Grams said she never told her husband, Norman, that she lost the ring, but told her son. Her husband died five years ago. "I feel relieved and happy inside," Grams said this week. "It grew into the carrot. I still can't figure it out.
Man denies purposely spraying manure on border patrol car - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) ? A man pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges he sprayed liquid manure on a marked U.S. Customs and Border Protection car after confronting an agent about why he wasn't doing more to arrest people in the country illegally. Mark Johnson, 53, of Alburgh, entered the plea in Vermont Superior Court in North Hero to state charges of disorderly conduct and simple assault of a law enforcement officer with fluids. He declined to comment afterward. Johnson told The Associated Press on Wednesday that his livelihood was hurt by people working on Vermont farms who could be in the country illegally. He said he asked the agent why he wasn't doing more to arrest people working in the U.S. illegally.