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Texas man sentenced to 50 years for $1.2M theft of fajitas
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Texas man has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for stealing $1.2 million worth of fajitas over nine years.
Admiring teen's courage, Dwayne Johnson declines prom invite
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
STILLWATER, Minn. (AP) — An eastern Minnesota teen who asked her celebrity crush Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson to prom got a huge surprise when he actually responded.
Elderly man calls police for ride to visit wife in hospital
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
MONTOURSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — An elderly Pennsylvania man had no way of visiting his ill wife in the hospital, so he called police to help.
Dream job: Harley
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
Harley-Davidson is offering free motorcycles for those who join its summer internship program. Eight college students or recent graduates will have the enviable task of being paid to ride a Harley and share their adventures on social media. Harley-Davidson says it's looking for those that have the ability to create content on the fly, are creative and have the talent to take great photos and fun videos.
Airline passenger fined after keeping free airline apple
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
DENVER (AP) — The U.S. Customs and Border Patrol has fined a woman $500 for not declaring she was bringing a free apple into the U.S. that she received on her Delta Air Lines flight from Paris.
Police try to unlock phone with dead man's finger in Florida
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
LARGO, Fla. (AP) — Florida authorities went to a funeral home and used a dead man's finger to try to unlock his cellphone as part of their investigation.
It's true! Broadway was traffic
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
NEW YORK (AP) — It was a bold New York experiment: closing Broadway to traffic for two Manhattan miles.
It's true! Broadway is traffic
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
NEW YORK (AP) — Broadway is closed to traffic for two Manhattan miles.
Officials say postal worker hoarded over 17K pieces of mail
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
NEW YORK (AP) — A postal worker who prosecutors say hoarded away more than 17,000 pieces of undelivered mail in New York City allegedly told investigators he was overwhelmed by the amount of mail he had to deliver.
Michigan couple gives 14th son creative middle name
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan couple had a little bit of fun naming their 14th son.
No turkeys, please: Owner seeks gander for pet goose
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. (AP) — Lucy is a lover of long walks and a shared dinner of weeds, and she's looking for love.
Mom: Preschool's ban of the term 'best friend' is silly
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
GEORGETOWN, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts family is looking for a new preschool for their 4-year-old daughter because her current school has barred use of the term "best friend."
Bus leaves Cleveland for New York, ends up in Toledo
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
CLEVELAND (AP) — Greyhound says it is investigating how a bus meant to take passengers from Cleveland to New York ended up in Toledo.
Horses throw toads to win quirky British pub championship
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
Two points are awarded for throwing a toad in the hole, with one point awarded for landing it on the lead table. The Black Horse came out victorious at Wednesday's championship at a hall in the team's home town of Lewes in southern England.
Homeowner finds naked intruder in her tub, eating Cheetos
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
MONROE, La. (AP) — Police in Louisiana say a woman came home to discover a naked stranger in her tub, eating her Cheetos while taking a bath.
It's (another) boy! Michigan family with 13 sons gets No. 14
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
ROCKFORD, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan couple with 13 sons has welcomed a 14th into the family.
California tortoise with cracked shell gets $4,000 repair
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A wayward tortoise that cracked its shell after falling off a 10-foot wall in California is recovering after vets used screws, zip ties and denture material to repair it.
420's long, strange trip to pot holiday began in California
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP) — Friday is April 20, or 4/20. That's the numerical code for marijuana's high holiday, a homage to pot's enduring appeal and universal slang for smoking.
'No to sex on roundabouts', Norway tells high school graduates
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
Norway's high school graduates should refrain from running naked across bridges and having sex on roundabouts lest they give drivers "too much of a surprise", the national transport regulator said on Wednesday. Norway's annual post-graduation period called "Russ" lasts weeks, involves partying and drinking heavily - and tends to challenge public morals every spring. In a statement titled "No to sex on roundabouts", Terje Moe Gustavsen, a former minister of transport who now runs the Public Roads Administration, said: "Everyone understands that being in and around roundabouts is a traffic hazard," .
Marx birthplace cashes in on 0 euro notes for anniversary
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
The German city of Trier is struggling to keep up with demand for 0-euro notes, bearing the face of its most famous son and communism's creator Karl Marx, and sold for 3 euros each as part of celebrations for his 200th birthday. Marx's best known and most influential works are the Communist Manifesto, co-written with Friedrich Engels and released in 1848, and his caustic analysis of capitalism "Das Kapital" two decades later. "The souvenir plays on Marx's criticism of capitalism and of course the 0-euro note fits perfectly with Marx as a motif," said Norbert Kaethler, managing director of Triers' tourism office.
Pot holiday traces roots to 5 California high school stoners
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP) — Friday is April 20, or 4/20. That's the numerical code for marijuana's high holiday, a celebration and homage to pot's enduring and universal slang for smoking.
Pot holiday traces roots to California high school stoners
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP) — Friday is April 20, or 4/20. That's the numerical code for marijuana's high holiday, a celebration and homage to pot's enduring and universal slang for smoking.
You want tarantula with that? At U.S. burger joint, it's an option
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
Kristin Barnaby, a self-described arachnophobe, found a way to overcome what she dreads at a North Carolina burger joint. "I am going to eat my fear," the 27-year-old said at the Bull City Burger and Brewery, where she tucked in to a hamburger topped with a crunchy full-grown, oven-roasted tarantula and a side of fries. The tarantula burger was a feature of the restaurant's April exotic meat month, which in the past six years has featured iguana, alligator, camels, python, turtle and various insects.
Egypt's mufti issues fatwa against buying Facebook 'likes'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's top mufti has issued a fatwa, or a religious decree, saying that buying Facebook "likes" is prohibited under Islam because it's a form of fraud and deception.
WiFi network named 'remote detonator' prompts gym evacuation
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
SAGINAW TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan gym patron looking for a WiFi connection found one named "remote detonator," prompting an evacuation and precautionary search of the facility by a bomb-sniffing dog.
2 men use signs to spread happiness
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
NASHUA, N.H. (AP) — Two New Hampshire men are trying to spread some positivity in Nashua with their feel-good signs.
Minnesota firehouse opens doors during blizzard for prom
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
FOREST LAKE, Minn. (AP) — Firefighters came to the rescue for a group of Minnesota high school students when a blizzard struck during their prom.
Town wants UFO memorial moved; witness objects
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
SHEFFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A memorial in a remote corner of Massachusetts that marks a 1969 UFO sighting has been ordered moved, but one man who experienced a close encounter is objecting.
Florida man's own dashboard camera lands him in jail
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
ROYAL PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man ended up in jail after his dashboard camera showed police more than he intended.
Mother's obituary helps officers nab 1981 prison escapee
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Investigators say a woman's obituary helped federal agents capture her fugitive son nearly four decades after he escaped from an Oklahoma prison.
Vermont bistro owner offers gift for return of cutout
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont restaurant owner is offering a $100 gift certificate to the person who returns a life-size cardboard cutout of himself that was stolen from an airport.
Tiger reported running through streets of New York _ or not
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
NEW YORK (AP) — A false report of a tiger in the streets of New York has caused a social media frenzy.
Mower, tooth in a box, Vishnu doll in New Jersey beach trash
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
POINT PLEASANT BEACH, N.J. (AP) — The bizarre trash items plucked from New Jersey's beaches last year might be enough to cause nausea or heartburn. But don't worry, a bottle of Pepto-Bismol was among the items collected.
Threat of closure spurs surge in sales for Necco Wafers
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
REVERE, Mass. (AP) — The maker of the colorful Necco Wafers has experienced a surge in sales since announcing it might close unless it finds a buyer, and a Florida woman offered to exchange her 15-year-old car for one company's wafer inventory.
Ad touting 'World Famous Big Blue Bug' goes up on I
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The nearly 60-foot long blue termite that overlooks Interstate 95 in Rhode Island is now even harder to miss.
Handwritten note lands man Volkswagen bus of his dreams
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
LIDENHURST, N.Y. (AP) — A man has the car of his dreams eight years after he slipped a note inside the window of a blue 1971 Volkswagen bus that the then-16-year-old called his "future car."
Workers discover mummified monkey in old department store
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Workers renovating the old Dayton's department store in downtown Minneapolis have discovered a mystery: the mummified remains of a monkey.
Singing road strikes wrong chord with Dutch villagers
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
Created by strategically laid "rumble strips" as a way of livening up journeys across the flat landscape, the novelty has worn thin for locals who say the constant droning melody is driving them mad. If hit at the correct speed - the 60 kph (40 mph) limit - the road will sing out the anthem of the Friesland region - a northern part of the Netherlands that has a distinct language and culture. The Friesland authority has agreed to remove the rumble strips later this week, local newspaper Leeuwarder Courant reported.
Jail job applicant not hired, arrested instead in theft case
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — A woman applying for a job at a New Hampshire county jail has been arrested because it turns out she was wanted on a charge in Maine.
Temasek stake values 'Salt Bae' Turkish restaurant owner at $1.2 billion
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Singapore's Temasek and Britain's Metric Capital have bought into Nusr-Et steakhouse owner D.ream in a deal valuing the Turkish firm at $1.2 billion.
UK Wife Carrying champ beats the mud to win place in world final
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
With a sliding dive worthy of a rugby try, Chris Hepworth flung himself and his partner over the finishing line to become UK Wife Carrying champion, and now has his eye on the world title. Having set a course record of one minute and 37 seconds, Hepworth and his partner Tanisha Prince from London plan to take up the chance of competing in the world finals in Finland. "I think a Finnish guy wins it every year so it'll be good to go there and take them down," said Hepworth, who claims he did no practice for the race in Dorking, south of London.
Police, fed up with lingering cold weather, 'arrests' winter
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
DEPEW, N.Y. (AP) — An upstate New York police department fed up with lingering cold weather has placed winter under arrest.
Maine community creates massive ice carousel on frozen lake
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
SINCLAIR, Maine (AP) — Residents in a Maine town believe they've created the world's largest ice carousel on a frozen lake.
Put your paws up: Detroit
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
TROY, Mich. (AP) — Book him, kitty.
Moose stomps man's foot in Alaska after he kicks her
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A man was injured north of Anchorage after a moose that he had just kicked stomped his foot in return, state officials said.
Female lion with a mane has died at Oklahoma City Zoo
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma City Zoo says an 18-year-old African lioness that mysteriously sprouted a mane last year has died.
Maine petting zoo is site of first reindeer birth in years
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
WINSLOW, Maine (AP) — A traveling Maine petting zoo says its reindeer has unexpectedly given birth to the first baby reindeer in the state in more than 20 years.
What a delivery! Pizza driver comes to rescue in house fire
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
SOMERSET, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky pizza deliveryman's customer service was on fire. Literally.
Man who fell through ex's ceiling arrested _ again
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
SALINA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man who was hospitalized after sneaking into his ex-girlfriend's home and falling through the ceiling has been arrested for alleging stealing clothes from another home after leaving the hospital.
What a delivery! Pizza driver saves 2 people from house fire
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
SOMERSET, Ky. (AP) — A pizza deliveryman's customer service was on fire. Literally.