Oddities

July 31, 2018 - 7:21 am
EAST GREENVILLE, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man's 7-foot (2-meter) red tail boa constrictor has gone missing. The snake's name is Vinny and his owner says he disappeared from his East Greenville home about three to four weeks ago. There have been no confirmed sightings since. The snake is 10 years...
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This Aug. 11, 2017, photo provided by Cascadia Research shows a hybrid between a melon-headed whale and a rough-toothed dolphin, in the foreground, swimming next to a melon-headed dolphin near Kauai, Hawaii. Scientists are touting the first sighting of the hybrid off Hawaii. It's also only the third confirmed instance of a wild-born hybrid between species in the Delphinidae family. (Kimberly A. Wood/Cascadia Research via AP)
July 31, 2018 - 2:05 am
HONOLULU (AP) — Scientists are touting the first sighting of a hybrid between a melon-headed whale and a rough-toothed dolphin in the ocean off Hawaii. But don't call it a "wholphin," they say. The melon-headed whale is one of the various species that's called a whale but is technically a dolphin...
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In this photo released July 28, 2018, by the California Highway Patrol, Sergeant David Fawson holds a month-old fawn that was located by Cal Fire without a mother inside the Carr Fire line near Redding, Calif. Sawson evacuated the deer to safety for care with a wildlife rescue. Some evacuations orders have been lifted around a Northern California wildfire area near the city of Redding. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said people can return to several neighborhoods in western Redding as of Monday morning. The huge blaze near Redding has displaced 38,000 from their homes and killed six people. (California Highway Patrol via AP)
July 30, 2018 - 8:53 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A highway patrol officer who became an internet sensation after he helped rescue a month-old fawn from a Northern California wildfire said Monday he didn't expect the photos to go viral. On Saturday morning, California Highway Patrol Sgt. David Fawson of San Francisco helped...
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July 30, 2018 - 6:55 pm
BOSTON (AP) — No, this is not Sharknado. Great white sharks have had run-ins with New England boats this week. Fisherman Michael Lorello was very surprised when he dragged up a net off the coast of Rhode Island. Inside, a 6-foot-long great white shark was showing off its teeth and moving about,...
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July 28, 2018 - 3:22 pm
BURLINTON, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont airport is displaying 7-foot-tall (2.1-meter-tall) maple syrup jugs to remind travelers they can buy the state staple online instead of losing it at security when their liquids get confiscated. The Free Press reports Burlington International Airport celebrated the...
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FILE - In this June 12, 2015 file photo, lobster are seen at the Clam Shack in Kennebunkport, Maine. U.S. senators from New England want to grant the lobster another national day of celebration. They’ve introduced a resolution to again designate Sept. 25, 2018 as National Lobster Day to honor the economic, historic, cultural and culinary contributions of lobsters. The resolution is being led by Maine’s U.S. Sens. Angus King and Susan Collins, who say it honors not only the lobsters but also the people who harvest, ship and cook them. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)
July 28, 2018 - 12:33 pm
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — U.S. senators from New England want to grant the lobster another national day of celebration. They've introduced a resolution to again designate Sept. 25 as National Lobster Day to honor the economic, historic, cultural and culinary contributions of lobsters. The resolution...
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July 27, 2018 - 9:08 am
KENILWORTH, N.J. (AP) — The New Jersey school superintendent accused of repeatedly defecating on another high school's track has resigned. The Star-Ledger of Newark reports the Kenilworth school board accepted Thomas Tramaglini's resignation Thursday. In an email and voicemail sent to staff, the...
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July 27, 2018 - 6:30 am
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Authorities have freed a bear that got caught in a storm drain for about an hour. Colorado Springs Utilities workers and Colorado Parks and Wildlife Southeast Region workers arrived to the residential neighborhood Thursday to work out a strategy to get the bruin out...
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In this Oct. 19, 2017 photo provided by Colin Donihue, an anoles lizard hangs onto a pole during a simulated wind experiment in the Turks and Caicos Islands. According to a study in the Wednesday, July 25, 2018 edition of the journal Nature, lizards who survived 2017’s Hurricanes Irma and Maria had 6 to 9 percent bigger toe pads, significantly longer front limbs and smaller back limbs, compared with the population before the storms. (Colin Donihue via AP)
July 25, 2018 - 3:36 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Tropical lizards have a stick-to-itiveness in high wind that puts TV weather reporters to shame. Now we know why, thanks in part to a high-powered leaf blower. Hurricanes Irma and Maria put a group of little tree-hugging lizards to the test, and scientists were perfectly...
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July 25, 2018 - 12:30 pm
PITTSGROVE, N.J. (AP) — A woman trying to fend off a rabid fox that was biting her in the leg reached down with one hand to hold shut its mouth and with the other strangled it. "I couldn't do anything else to get it away from me," Tammy DuBois, 52, of Pittsgrove, told NJ.com "I don't like to kill...
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