Oddities

Barking dog
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March 07, 2019 - 7:02 am
SADDLE RIVER, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey town is putting some bite in an ordinance that could result in hefty fines and even jail time for owners of barking dogs. The Saddle River council is amending a one-sentence noise rule by placing time restrictions that would prohibit dogs from barking, howling...
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Officials stand on one edge of a giant sinkhole on the property of the Louisville Zoo, Wednesday, March 6, 2019, in Louisville, Ky. Louisville Zoo spokeswoman Kyle Shepherd told news outlets the sinkhole was found Wednesday in an undeveloped area away from any zoo animals. She said no people or animals were reported injured and no buildings damaged. (Jeff Faughender/Courier Journal via AP)
March 06, 2019 - 7:40 pm
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky zoo has closed while engineers study a newly discovered sinkhole nearly as large as a football field. Louisville Zoo spokeswoman Kyle Shepherd told news outlets the sinkhole was found Wednesday in an undeveloped area away from any zoo animals. She said no people or...
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In this Feb. 28, 2019 photo, a fossilized dinosaur footprints are shown on a paving stone at the Valley Forge National Historical Park in Valley Forge, Pa. A volunteer at the park outside Philadelphia recently discovered dozens of fossilized dinosaur footprints on flat rocks used to pave a section of hiking trail. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
March 06, 2019 - 10:18 am
VALLEY FORGE, Pa. (AP) — The national park on the site where George Washington and the struggling Continental Army endured a tough winter during the American Revolution boasts a new feature that's a couple of hundred million years old — dozens of fossilized dinosaur footprints discovered on rocks...
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March 04, 2019 - 3:42 pm
SEEKONK, Mass. (AP) — Police are searching for a thief with expensive taste in Massachusetts. Chris Gasbarro's Fine Wine and Spirits in Seekonk says someone stole a $4,000 bottle of the Remy Martin Louis XIII cognac from its store last week. The bottle was kept in a locked glass case, and security...
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In this Feb. 26, 2019 photo is the Fritz Creek General Store, shown near Homer, Alaska. A cat named Stormy that has spent more than six years as a fixture in a remote Alaska general store is being forced out after officials notified the store owners that the cat's presence violates food safety standards. The Homer News reported Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, that the Fritz Creek General Store near the small city of Homer has been home for Stormy since 2012. (Megan Pacer/Homer News via AP)
March 01, 2019 - 2:49 pm
HOMER, Alaska (AP) — A cat named Stormy that has spent more than six years as a fixture in a remote Alaska general store is being forced out after officials notified the store owners that the cat's presence violates food safety standards. The Homer News reported Thursday that the Fritz Creek...
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March 01, 2019 - 9:08 am
BOSTON (AP) — This rat is getting a lot of mouse clicks. A British tourist visiting Boston captured on video a hungry seagull devouring a dead rat in a single gulp and posted it on social media, prompting thousands of horrified comments. The video shows the gull pecking tentatively at the rodent...
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This Feb. 26, 2019 photo provided by the Anaheim Fire and Rescue shows a car with a firehose running through the rear side windows in Anaheim, Calif. A California fire department enflamed some social media users but delighted others by posting pictures of the busted-out windows of a car that parked in front of a fire hydrant. In a Twitter thread posted Wednesday, the Anaheim Fire Department asked the public: "Ever wonder what happens when a car is parked in front of a fire hydrant and a fire breaks out." (Anaheim Fire and Rescue via AP)
February 27, 2019 - 6:06 pm
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — A California fire department enflamed some social media users but amused others by posting pictures of the busted-out windows of a car parked in front of a fire hydrant. In a Twitter post Tuesday , the Anaheim Fire Department asks: "Ever wonder what happens when a car is...
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February 24, 2019 - 9:05 am
HELSINKI (AP) — Estonian construction workers got the shock of their lives when they found out the animal they saved from an icy river was not a dog but a wolf. Rando Kartsepp, Robin Sillamae and Erki Vali told the Postimees newspaper they were working at the Sindi dam on the frozen Parnu River in...
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February 23, 2019 - 5:21 pm
LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming school district plans to re-open an isolated school to serve a single student entering kindergarten this fall. The Laramie Boomerang reports Cozy Hollow School is about 60 miles north of Laramie. A modular classroom is already there but hasn't been used for about a...
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February 22, 2019 - 8:13 pm
ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico woman is on a desperate hunt for her disappearing pet that can't run fast and can't be missed — a 100-pound tortoise. KOB-TV reports Dusty the Turtle went missing earlier this month in Roswell, New Mexico after strong winds knocked open a gate that housed him...
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