Oddities

December 07, 2018 - 2:32 pm
CAPE CORAL, Fla. (AP) — It wasn't the Grinch who stole Christmas. It was a man who screamed "there's no Santa Claus" over and over during a recent holiday festival in Florida. A southwest Florida woman shared cellphone footage with Fort Myers television station NBC-2 of the man yelling during the...
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December 07, 2018 - 12:35 pm
SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — A lemur surprised a Florida Highway Patrol trooper when it crawled from a trailer being pulled by a pickup truck that had been stopped for driving erratically and hitting other cars. Dashcam video shows the lemur peeking out of the trailer before hopping to the ground and...
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December 06, 2018 - 5:50 pm
HALLOWELL, Maine (AP) — A Maine restaurant owner is citing feng shui (fung shway) as a reason not to move boulders outside the building that are in the way of a sidewalk project. Annie Huang, co-owner of Lucky Garden in Hallowell, tells members of the city's highway committee on Thursday that the...
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December 06, 2018 - 12:29 pm
HOLLY HILL, Fla. (AP) — A woman has been scorned by her neighbors in a high-rise Florida condo because of a holiday message she spelled out in lights across her balcony. Kathy Hill says the Ebenezer Scrooge phrase 'Bah Humbug" is one of her favorites at Christmas. But other residents of the twin...
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December 05, 2018 - 10:44 pm
REDDING, Calif. (AP) — A rare fire tornado that raged during this summer's deadly Carr Fire in Northern California was created by a combination of scorching weather, erratic winds and an ice-topped cloud that towered miles into the atmosphere, according to a study announced Wednesday. The churning...
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In this Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018, photograph, 9-year-old Dane Best poses in the council chambers in Severance, Colo. Dane is trying to get rid of his town's ban on snowballs and officials are wondering what took so long. (Sara Knuth/Greeley Tribune via AP)
December 04, 2018 - 6:57 pm
SEVERANCE, Colo. (AP) — A 9-year-old boy has convinced the leaders of a small northern Colorado town to overturn a nearly century-old ban on snowball fights, and he already knows who his first target will be — his little brother. Dane Best, who lives in the often snow-swept town of Severance,...
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December 03, 2018 - 11:48 pm
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (AP) — The California Highway Patrol says it may have used the Autopilot system of a Tesla to stop the car after its driver fell asleep. The CHP says officers attempted to stop the Tesla Model S, which was doing about 70 mph (113 kph) on a highway early Friday in the San...
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December 03, 2018 - 6:50 am
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A Dutch court has rejected the request of a self-styled positivity guru to shave 20 years off his age, in a case that drew worldwide attention. Emile Ratelband last month asked the court in Arnhem to formally change his date of birth to make him 49, instead of his real...
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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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