Oddities

In this Monday, Dec. 12, 2019 photo a Deutsche Bahn ICE high speed train is pictured in Munich, Germany. Less than three quarters of Deutsche Bahn’s long-distance trains arrived on time last year. (Matthias Balk/dpa via AP, file)
January 17, 2019 - 6:42 am
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's biggest rail company, under fire for its unpunctual service, is trying to mollify one disgruntled commuter by buying her "delay scarf." Deutsche Bahn, which on Thursday announced plans to hire 22,000 more staff, bought the hand-made scarf in an online auction for 7,550 euros...
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January 15, 2019 - 3:42 pm
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Two cats are living large at a $1,500-a-month studio apartment their owner rents for them in Silicon Valley, where a housing shortage has sent rents skyrocketing. The Mercury News reports the 20-pound (9-kilogram) cats named Tina and Louise moved to the studio in San Jose...
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January 13, 2019 - 3:52 pm
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A random act of kindness has netted AFC Championship tickets for a man called Dave who helped dig a Kansas City Chief out of the snow. Offensive linesman Jeff Allen posted on Twitter that his car got stuck as he was heading to Arrowhead Stadium to take on the Indianapolis...
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Small Alligator
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January 11, 2019 - 5:55 am
BRIDEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A man who police say placed a 3-foot alligator on top of another man in Connecticut as part of an extortion attempt has pleaded guilty to reduced charges. The Connecticut Post reports 30-year-old Isaias Garcia, of Garland, Texas, entered his plea Thursday to unlawful...
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January 09, 2019 - 10:26 am
SHELBY TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A reporter who helped police catch a robbery suspect last week followed up with another good deed by finding an 89-year-old suburban Detroit woman with dementia who had wandered away from home in sub-freezing temperatures. WWJ reporter Mike Campbell was covering...
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January 08, 2019 - 4:50 am
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A moose wandered into a hospital building in Alaska's largest city Monday — and Stephanie Hupton was ready to capture the visit with her phone camera. Hupton works in billing at a physical therapy office inside a building attached to Alaska Regional Hospital in Anchorage...
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January 03, 2019 - 6:45 am
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Krispy Kreme has stepped in to comfort Kentucky police officers mourning the loss of a doughnut truck that caught fire. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports the company and a police escort delivered dozens of doughnuts to the city police department Wednesday afternoon. Officer...
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In this Friday, Dec. 21, 2018, photo, from left, Rebecca Schaechter, Nicole Herron and Rachel Herron fold and sort donated clothes at Treehouse, a nonprofit organization in Seattle that serves the needs of children in the foster-care system. The charity was one of several that received donations from the $11 million secret estate of Alan Naiman -- a social worker who died from cancer earlier in 2018 after living a private life of frugality and concern for children facing hardship. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
December 28, 2018 - 2:48 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — Alan Naiman was known for an unabashed thriftiness that veered into comical, but even those closest to him had no inkling of the fortune that he quietly amassed and the last act that he had long planned. The Washington state social worker died of cancer this year at age 63, leaving...
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In this Dec. 18, 2018 photo, Jimmy Izbinski, wearing a Santa suit, waves to motorists passing the Christmas weed in Toledo, Ohio. The street corner weed decked out with lights and ornaments is spreading holiday goodwill. (AP Photo/John Seewer)
December 28, 2018 - 10:56 am
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A street corner weed that had been decked out with Christmas lights and brought out holiday goodwill in Ohio has apparently met an early demise. WTVG-TV in Toledo reports that someone pulled out the "Christmas weed" early Friday morning and drove off with it in his trunk. The...
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December 28, 2018 - 8:10 am
WALL, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man has been reunited with his dog, more than a year after the pooch was stolen from his car. The dog-napping happened in Virginia when the owner was on vacation. A few days ago the Yorkie was taken in as a stray by Richmond Animal Care and Control. NJ.com reports the...
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