Oddities

December 03, 2018 - 6:49 am
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A holiday display meant to re-create a scene from "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" looked a little too real and caused a veteran to spring into action. The Heerlein family placed a dummy representing Clark Griswold dangling from the gutter of their Austin, Texas, home,...
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November 30, 2018 - 7:44 pm
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — FanDuel sportsbook is paying out bets from people who picked Alabama to win the college football national championship — over a month before the game is played. The company announced Friday night it is treating the Crimson Tide as the winners already, and paid out single...
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This Nov. 23, 2018 photo shows Alaska State Review Board ballot examiner Stuart Sliter reacting when a loose ballot from a tied state House race is found without an envelope in Juneau, Alaska. Officials are investigating the origin of the ballot and will decide by Friday, Nov. 30, whether to count it during a recount of the Fairbanks House District 1 race. (James Brooks/Anchorage Daily News via AP)
November 30, 2018 - 11:48 am
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Control of Alaska state government, at least for the next two years, could hinge on a mystery ballot that an election worker found on a table in a Fairbanks voting precinct more than three weeks ago. The uncounted ballot could break a tie in an Alaska state House race. A...
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In this image made from video taken Nov. 15, 2018, Knickers the steer, center back, is in paddock with cow herd in Lake Preston, Australia. A enormous steer in the state of Western Australia has avoided the abattoirs by being too big. The 194 centimeters-tall bovine, dubbed "Knickers", is believed to be the tallest in the country and weighs about 1.4 tons, local media reported. (Channel 7's Today Tonight via AP)
November 28, 2018 - 2:55 am
LAKE PRESTON, Australia (AP) — Knickers the steer is huge on the internet — for being huge. The black-and-white Holstein Friesian won social media fame and many proclamations of "Holy Cow!" after photos surfaced of the 194-centimeter (6-foot-4-inch) steer standing head and shoulders above a herd of...
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This undated photo taken from video provided by Rene Johnson, shows the peacock known as Pea. The bird belonging to Rene and Brian Johnson in Springfield, Vt., has been missing for six weeks since it ran off with a flock of turkeys. On Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018 the Johnson's posted a message on the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Facebook page: "My peacock has run off with the turkeys. Do you have any suggestions on how to catch the little twerp?" (Rene Johnson via AP)
November 23, 2018 - 1:09 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont woman whose family peacock ran off with a flock of turkeys says she's hopeful to get close enough to catch it with a net. The peacock belonging to Rene and Brian Johnson has been on the run for six weeks. On Wednesday, the Johnsons posted a message on the Vermont...
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November 23, 2018 - 12:35 am
HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii-based burger chain has closed a Honolulu restaurant for cleaning after a video posted to social media appeared to show a rat being cooked on the grill. Teddy's Bigger Burgers has closed the Mapunapuna location and fired two employees who appeared in the Snapchat video. "We...
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This undated photo provided by Festival Ballet Providence shows Archie, a Yorkshire Terrier who has performed in more than 125 performances of "The Nutcracker." Festival Ballet Providence has announced that its beloved 19-year-old Nutcracker dog is retiring from the stage. The company plans auditions for the next Nutcracker dog on Dec. 2, 2018, at their studios on Hope Street, in Providence, R.I. (Festival Ballet Providence via AP)
November 22, 2018 - 3:09 pm
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — After more than 125 performances in "The Nutcracker" in Rhode Island, a 19-year-old Yorkshire terrier named Archie is leaving the stage. Festival Ballet Providence announced this week that its beloved "Nutcracker" dog is retiring. The ballet says Archie achieved stardom in...
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File-This Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, file photo shows a pigeon wearing a bedazzled vest in Peoria, Ariz. A pigeon that had flown the coop with only its bedazzled vest is nesting back home in Phoenix. The Arizona Republic reports Marlette Fernando and her husband were reunited Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018, with their pet pigeon Olive. The bird was brought to Fallen Feathers bird rescue center in Peoria more than a week ago. Center director Jody Kieran says she knew the pigeon had to be someone's feathered friend when she saw the rhinestone-studded vest. (Angel Mendoza/The Arizona Republic via AP)
November 21, 2018 - 2:14 pm
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — A pigeon that had flown the coop with only its bedazzled vest is nesting back home in Phoenix. The Arizona Republic reports Marlette Fernando and her husband were reunited Tuesday with their pet pigeon Olive. The bird was brought to the Fallen Feathers bird rescue center in...
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November 21, 2018 - 10:14 am
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A doctor in Texas with a passion for paleontology is challenging the federal government after authorities seized a 70 million-year-old dinosaur skull from his fossil collection. Dr. James Godwin argues that the government waited too long to file a forfeiture claim after it...
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November 16, 2018 - 8:21 pm
SYDNEY (AP) — A homeless Australian man who used a shopping trolley to help police thwart last week's militant attack in Melbourne has been charged over a series of burglaries. Michael Rogers was hailed as a hero and dubbed "Trolleyman" on social media after emerging from a crowd with a trolley to...
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