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She came, she saw, she conquered, British woman claims conker crown
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
Standing in a rain soaked English village, more than 200 competitors armed with horse chestnuts dangling from shoelaces faced off for the World Conker Championship. The quintessential British school playground pastime involves competitors taking it in turns to launch their conkers in a bid to break those of their opponents. Victory can also be claimed if you force your opponent's shoelace to become knotted three times.
Nacho Cheese or Cool Ranch? Doritos lure rogue pig back home
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
HIGHLAND, Calif. (AP) — Deputies in California have used Doritos to lure a pig "the size of a mini horse" back home.
Deputies use Doritos to lure wayward pig back home
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
HIGHLAND, Calif. (AP) — Deputies in California have used Doritos to lure a pig "the size of a mini horse" back home.
Oink oink, honk honk: Rogue pig goes hog wild in traffic
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — It was a classic case of a ham on the lam.
Man nicknamed 'Willy Wonka' pleads guilty to multiple crimes
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
SALEM, Mass. (AP) — The leader of a multistate ATM and vehicle burglary ring known as "Willy Wonka" or the "Chocolate Man" has pleaded guilty to 60 charges.
Home where witch trials victim John Proctor lived for sale
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
PEABODY, Mass. (AP) — A house where a victim of the Salem witch trials once lived is on the market for $600,000 just in time for Halloween.
Naming Rights: Orlando's new police chief is named Orlando
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Orlando's newest police chief is already making a name for himself. His name? Orlando.
A wagging finger sticking out of your mobile phone is creepy. Why?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
A French researcher has invented a robot finger that attaches to your mobile phone. "My PhD subject is around touch in communications," explains Marc Teyssier, a researcher at Telecom Paristech engineering school.
Giant hammer artwork stolen in Northern California
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
HEALDSBURG, Calif. (AP) — Authorities in Northern California are looking for a hammer. A really, really big one.
For sale to the highest bidder: A 12
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
BOSTON (AP) — Anyone who can't make it to the moon to gather a few lunar rocks now has the opportunity to buy one right here on Earth.
Restaurant offers free steak tips for tips on burglar
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
RAYMOND, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire restaurant is offering free steak tips to anyone with tips on a recent burglary at their location.
Woman with 'emotional support squirrel' removed from plane
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
NEW YORK (AP) — Police at a Florida airport removed a passenger who refused to get off a Cleveland-bound flight after she was found carrying an "emotional support squirrel."
Flight delayed after woman brings squirrel on plane
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Police had to remove a woman who brought an "emotional support squirrel" on a Frontier Airlines flight headed from Orlando, Florida, to Cleveland.
And the fattest bear in Alaska is ... 409 Beadnose
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
Beadnose nosed out a larger Alaska brown bear, a male called 747 – and likened to a jumbo jet – in online votes collected by staff at Katmai National Park and Preserve during a wildly popular event called Fat Bear Week. Male bears are bigger but Beadnose was deemed to be more rotund. “Our chubby champ has a few more weeks to chow down on lingering salmon carcasses before she heads up the mountains to dig herself a den and savor her victory.” Katmai, which hugs the mountainous Gulf of Alaska coast, is known for its massive, salmon-chomping ursine residents.
Axe throwing takes aim at sunny Los Angeles
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
"Axe throwing gives people a good reason to put down their phones," said operation's manager Carly Chalom, better known as Seven, a nickname she got after competing in an especially epic axe throwing battle. "Put that down, step away for an hour or two, and throw some axes.
Determined runner struck by deer finishes half marathon
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
SANDY HOOK, N.J. (AP) — A runner who was struck by a deer during a half marathon in New Jersey still managed to cross the finish line.
Animal sanctuary, farm team up to save pig from slaughter
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
HAVERHILL, N.H. (AP) — An animal sanctuary and a farm in New Hampshire are working together to spare a young slaughterhouse-bound pig to promote local agriculture.
Gecko butt
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
HONOLULU (AP) — If you got incessant phone calls last week from a hospital that cares for Hawaiian monk seals, you were butt-dialed.
Investigators want to know who left gator in Lake Michigan
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) — Authorities don't know who dumped a four-foot-long reptile into Lake Michigan, but they now know what kind it is.
Inflatable sea monster takes over a rusting warehouse
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A giant sea monster has taken over a building at Philadelphia's Navy Yard, but only temporarily.
From 'special seed' to 2,170
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
HALF MOON BAY, Calif. (AP) — "One special seed" and months of care by an Oregon commercial pilot produced a massive pumpkin that tipped the scales at a global weigh-in Monday in Northern California, the fourth time his gargantuan plants were awarded top honors.
Man allegedly posts video of how to remove an ankle monitor
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri man is charged with a felony after he allegedly filmed himself removing an ankle monitor and then posted the video on Facebook.
Walk on the wild side: Dutch jogger runs into lion cub
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A jogger's run through the Dutch countryside turned into a walk on the wild side when he discovered a lion cub in a field.
Dogs owners march on UK parliament demanding new Brexit 'Wooferendum'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
Bulldogs, both English and French breeds, were among those walked through central London to Parliament Square. One grey Schnauzer wore a homemade banner declaring "Brexit's Barking Mad". The march backed a wider campaign for a 'People's Vote' on Brexit, at which Britons would have the chance to vote on whatever Brexit deal Prime Minister Theresa May is able to bring back from Brussels.
Rock used as doorstop is actually a meteorite worth $100K
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan man curious about a rock he'd used for decades as a doorstop now knows its secret: it's a meteorite worth $100,000.
Lottery ticket leads FBI to Illinois bank robbery suspect
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
PALATINE, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say a dropped lottery ticket led investigators to the man who robbed a suburban Chicago bank.
How many squirrels in Central Park? Count aims to find out
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
NEW YORK (AP) — It's one of the enduring mysteries of life in New York City: Just how many squirrels live in Central Park?
Doorstop turns out to be meteorite worth $100K
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan man recently learned that a rock he's been using as a doorstop is a meteorite worth $100,000.
Toddler shreds more than $1,000 in cash
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
HOLLADAY, Utah (AP) — A toddler in Utah was a little too helpful when he shredded more than $1,000 that his parents were saving.
Florida store owner: Don't warm urine in my microwave
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida gas station owner has placed a sign in his store asking customers not to warm urine in the microwave.
Good Samaritan driver revives squirrel after car scare
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
BROOKLYN PARK, Minn. (AP) — A motionless squirrel apparently stunned by a passing car has been revived by the driver who performed chest compressions beside a Minnesota road.
Ohio man says rescued cow is a regular backseat passenger
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man driving home from work Tuesday says he did a double-take before firing up his cellphone to record a cow poking her head out the back window of a pickup truck.
Swedish girl Saga pulls out pre
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Her name conjures up Old Nordic tales about heroic accomplishments and that's exactly what Saga this summer did when she stumbled on a pre-Viking-era sword in a southern Sweden lake.
Rwandan entrepreneur woos drinkers with beetroot wine
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
Rwandans enjoy eating beetroot but entrepreneur Assumpta Uwamariya has found a novel use for the vegetable - turning it into a red wine that has proven popular with customers in several African countries and even as far away as Germany. Unable to find a job after graduating from university, Uwamariya started growing beetroot for a living and then learned how to turn it into a rich, earthy red wine known as "Karisimbi".
Whoops! Typos on highway signs vex drivers from New York to Ohio
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
Generations of literate drivers in New York City, for example, have done a double take when passing a sign reading "Verrazano" - with a missing "z" - directing traffic to the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge, connecting the boroughs of Brooklyn and Staten Island. In New York, it has taken five decades to get around to correcting the bridge road signs, which surely have vexed generations of schoolchildren and their tax-paying parents. This week New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill to fix the 54-year-old howler on traffic signs to the bridge named for Giovanni da Verrazzano, the 16th-century Italian explorer who sailed into New York Harbor.
Tipsy birds flying into windows, cars in northern Minnesota
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
GILBERT, Minn. (AP) — Police in a small northern Minnesota community have been taking some strange calls about birds that seem to be intoxicated.
San Francisco has new 'Snapcrap' app to report dirty streets
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A newcomer to San Francisco has created a free app to make it easier for people to report poop and used needles on the city's famously dirty streets.
Postal worker leaves mail on side of road, quits job
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The U.S. Postal Service says hundreds of pieces of mail meant for Philadelphia residents were dropped on the side of a New Jersey road when the carrier responsible for them quit his job.
Better late than never? Library book 84 years overdue
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — A Louisiana library says a book borrowed 84 years ago has been returned by the son of the woman who checked it out as an 11-year-old girl.
Antsy at the airport: Insects colonize family car in 3 days
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina family returned from a three-day trip to find their car parked at the airport had been possessed by a colony of ants.
Houston officials block brothel from featuring sex dolls
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
The Houston City Council on Wednesday prevented what was billed as the first brothel in the United States equipped with sex dolls from opening in the Texas city, altering a local ordinance to block the business and any others like it. The Houston Chronicle reported that Toronto-based KinkySdollS had planned to open a Houston location, where customers could both buy "adult love dolls" and rent them for use in private rooms. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner told reporters after the council meeting that the vote amounted to a modification of an existing city ordinance and was not targeted at any specific business.
Houston officials nix brothel featuring sex dolls
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
The Houston Chronicle reported that Toronto-based KinkySdollS had planned to open a Houston location, where customers could both buy "adult love dolls" and rent them for use in private rooms. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner told reporters after the council meeting that the vote amounted to a modification of an existing city ordinance and is not targeted at any specific business. "You cannot engage in sexual activities with any inanimate objects at the business," Turner said in explaining the change.
Paddle your own pumpkin: German racers swap boats for vegetables
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
With a look of apprehension, a blond woman clad in a wetsuit wobbles her way onto a lake in western Germany in a huge, hollowed-out vegetable. Paddle held aloft, she's a contestant in the Krewelshofer lake's annual pumpkin race, held for the third time on Wednesday over a 35-meter (115-ft) course.
Connecticut family reunited with dog missing for 5 years
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
NORWICH, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut family has been reunited with their dog five years after the beloved pet went missing.
Man determined to walk again after blood infection from dog
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Wisconsin man who lost his hands, feet and parts of his arms and legs to a rare blood infection transmitted by dog saliva was praised by his doctors Tuesday for his positive outlook and determination to walk again with prosthetics.
Putting on the dog: Thai ad agency employees bring pets to work
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
The brown-haired husky accompanies his owner, Thimpaporn Phopipat, to work everyday at digital advertising agency YDM in the Thai capital. "Since I already love dogs, it really made me want to work here," said Thimaporn, 29, a digital public relations manager who also takes along her chihuahua, Muu Pan. Other advertisement agencies in the Thai capital have dog-friendly policies but YDM, with nearly 200 employees and 20 pet dogs, is by far the largest to adopt the scheme.
Colorado bowling alley owner dies, got stuck in pinsetter
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
FLORENCE, Colo. (AP) — The owner of a southern Colorado bowling alley has died after getting stuck in a pin setting machine.
Proposal on Colorado peak leads to couple's altitude issues
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — A Texas man found a scenic location in the Colorado mountains to propose to his girlfriend, but the couple ran into trouble on the way down.
Los Angeles has its 1st electric scooter DUI prosecution
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles man has been fined $550 and ordered to pay restitution for riding an electric scooter while intoxicated and knocking over a 64-year-old pedestrian on a sidewalk.
Boris and Brexit gym punchbags help Londoners vent their rage
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
Londoners fed up with Brexit can vent their rage with a special gym routine that includes high-intensity exercises like pummeling punchbags bearing photographs of some of the main players like Boris Johnson and Jean-Claude Juncker. The 30-minute circuit also features the "Theresa May Sack Race," "Jacob Rees-Logg lifts" and "Politico Headslammer" in which participants slam balls on to pictures of British Prime Minister Theresa May and opposition Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn. There is also a "Cameron Quitters' Corner" named after May's predecessor David Cameron to take time out.