Oddities

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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November 16, 2018 - 6:52 pm
WAYNESBORO, Va. (AP) — A wildlife expert says a rare, two-headed snake found several months ago in Virginia near the nation's capital has died. The Washington Post reports state herpetologist JD Kleopfer said in a Facebook post this week that the snake had died. He says it passed away peacefully...
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November 15, 2018 - 10:42 am
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A polling place that Rhode Island elections officials initially said did not get a single voter during the midterm elections did get one voter after all. Precinct 2807 in Providence has just 14 registered voters. The state Board of Elections website for days showed that none...
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November 14, 2018 - 3:22 am
SYDNEY (AP) — A man who couldn't resist a month-old meerkat has been fined with snatching the baby animal from a zoo in Perth, Australia. The meerkat went missing in September, the day before he was due to be shown to the public for the first time. Zoo staff feared he had been snatched by a bird...
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November 08, 2018 - 2:40 pm
BRAINTREE, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts great-grandfather has won a $100,000 lottery prize by picking the jersey numbers of five members of the World Series-winning Boston Red Sox. The lottery said in a statement that 84-year-old Jim Aylward Jr., of Templeton, won the prize in Monday's Mass Cash...
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Self-styled Dutch positivity guru Emile Ratelband answers questions during an interview in Utrecht, Netherlands, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. For Ratelband age really is just a number. In a legal battle that is stretching the debate about just how far a person can go in changing his or her identity, the sixty-nine-year-old television personality has asked a Dutch court to officially change his biological date of birth to make him 49. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
November 08, 2018 - 1:04 pm
UTRECHT, Netherlands (AP) — Self-styled positivity guru Emile Ratelband thinks age is just a number. And his is a number the Dutchman wants changed. The 69-year-old TV personality has asked a court in the Netherlands to approve his request for a new birthday that officially would make him 49...
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November 07, 2018 - 6:03 pm
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri landlord stumbled upon an unwanted house guest while evicting a tenant: a large alligator in a hot tub. The tenant described the 150-pound reptile as "gentle as a puppy" after animal control workers were called to the Kansas City home on Wednesday. The workers...
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FILE--In this Jan. 25, 2016, file photo Atlanta Hawks guard Lamar Patterson stand on the court in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Denver. Australian National Basketball League Brisbane Bullets recruit Lamar Patterson was briefly detained after landing in Brisbane on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, with his dog, Kobe. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
November 02, 2018 - 2:31 am
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — No matter what Lamar Patterson does for the Brisbane Bullets on the basketball court, he can expect to be dogged by questions about Kobe. The ex-Atlanta Hawks player flew into Brisbane with his French bulldog placed inside his hand luggage and ran afoul of Australia's...
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November 01, 2018 - 7:31 am
KINGSPORT, Tenn. (AP) — Police in Tennessee say a half-naked woman fell twice through a restaurant's ceiling and landed in its kitchen. News outlets report 26-year-old Harley C. Morton was arrested Tuesday on charges including trespassing and disorderly conduct. A Kingsport police report says a...
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