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Close call: UK fisherman saved from aggressive seals
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
LONDON (AP) — A British fisherman had to be rescued from a cliff face after fleeing an aggressive colony of more than 50 gray seals and their young pups, the coast guard said Monday.
Montana woman rescues wandering llama from Yellowstone park
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — A pack llama that escaped from a guided hike in southern Yellowstone National Park in August was rescued by a Montana outfitter last weekend, just days before most of the park's entrances were to close for winter preparations.
NY family thinks bones under home are long
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
BROOKHAVEN, N.Y. (AP) — A New York family says they've found human bones beneath their basement, and they believe the remains are those of their patriarch who disappeared half a century ago.
Python presents slithery situation at Texas Goodwill store
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A Goodwill worker collecting clothes and other items at a Texas sorting center was surprised to find an albino python clinging to the side of a bin.
Rotten shark made you queasy? A vomit bag for every guest at the Disgusting Food Museum
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
"It tastes like chewing on a urine-infested mattress," said Samuel West, who, as curator of the Disgusting Food Museum, knows a thing or two about unpleasant victuals. "It's a fermented sort of rotten Icelandic shark," he says. "Anthony Bourdain, the late TV personality, called it the single most disgusting thing he'd ever eaten, and I totally agree with him." From spicy rabbit heads to fruit bat soup, the collection, now on display in the Swedish city of Malmo, aims to challenge perceptions of taste and help visitors contemplate why one culture's abomination is another's delicacy.
Family thinks bones under home are missing father
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
BROOKHAVEN, N.Y. (AP) — A New York family says they've found human bones in their basement, and they believe the remains are that of their patriarch who disappeared half a century ago.
Bare buns: Half
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
KINGSPORT, Tenn. (AP) — Police in Tennessee say a half-naked woman fell twice through a restaurant's ceiling and landed in its kitchen.
Drunk baggage handler falls asleep in hold, flies to Chicago
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
CHICAGO (AP) — Police say a baggage handler told them he was drunk when he fell asleep in a cargo hold and flew from Kansas City to Chicago.
Police: Men arrested in pumpkin smashing crime spree
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Police in the southern Oregon town of Grants Pass have arrested two men suspected in a pumpkin-powered crime spree, ending weeks of incidents of smashed gourds and broken car windows.
Relief: Police recover stolen inflatable colon
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — There is a sigh of relief after police recovered a giant inflatable colon that is used to teach about the dangers of colon cancer.
100s of Oregon 'witches' paddle down river, minus the brooms
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Hundreds of "witches" traded in broomsticks for paddles in Oregon during the last weekend before Halloween.
People find severed head in Oakland yard, take it to police
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Police investigators on Monday were trying to determine whether a decaying human head found in an Oakland backyard belongs to a recently discovered headless corpse.
Look what we found: Tiny female lion cub in French garage
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
PARIS (AP) — France's customs agency says it's made an extremely surprising discovery in a garage in Marseille: a lion cub.
'Corpse flower' that smells like dirty diapers to bloom
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
HANOVER, N.H. (AP) — Just in time for Halloween, a rare "corpse flower" that gets its nickname from its putrid smell is expected to bloom next week at Dartmouth College's greenhouse.
Indian diamond merchant makes gift of 600 cars to staff with Modi's help
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
Six hundred employees of Hari Krishna Exporters, a diamond trading company run by Savji Dholakia, received cars made by Indian manufacturer Maruti Suzuki, while around a thousand more staff were offered gifts of cash deposits and apartments in a huge outdoor ceremony in Surat, Gujarat. Indians often give each other gifts in the run-up to Diwali, a major Hindu festival celebrating the triumph of good over evil that this year falls on Nov. 7. Dholakia is famous across India for giving lavish gifts to his employees at Diwali, including hundreds of apartments in 2016's ceremony.
Eggs with benefits: Sydney's same
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
The yet-to-be-named chick, weighing 91 gm (3.21 oz), was born on the evening of Oct. 19 and is the first sub-Antarctic penguin born at the aquarium. The couple, who formed a bond before the 2018 breeding season, doted on the adopted chick, said Tish Hannan, an aquarium official. "The first 20 days of a penguin chick's life are the most vulnerable, so it is extra-important the chick is very happy, healthy and well fed by his parents," she added.
Goodwill workers in NJ find original 1774 'rebel' newspaper
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
BELLMAWR, N.J. (AP) — A quick eye by Goodwill workers in southern New Jersey turned up framed pages from an original 1774 Philadelphia newspaper with an iconic "Unite or Die" snake design on the masthead.
Goodwill workers find original 1774 US 'rebel' newspaper
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
BELLMAWR, N.J. (AP) — A quick eye by Goodwill workers in New Jersey has turned up an original 1774 Philadelphia newspaper with the iconic "Unite or Die" snake design on the masthead.
Blowtorch used to kill spiders may have started house fire
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a man apparently set a California home on fire while using a blowtorch to kill spiders.
What a break! Man's fall leads to hospital lottery pool win
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
STRATFORD, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man walking to buy a lottery ticket for this week's massive Mega Millions jackpot fell and broke his hip, but the trip to the hospital turned into his lucky break.
UK police hunt shoplifter who looks like David Schwimmer
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
LONDON (AP) — British police are hunting a shoplifter who bears a striking resemblance to Ross Geller, the character played by David Schwimmer on the TV show "Friends."
Soap believed to be cocaine lands dealers, buyer behind bars
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Police say the only clean part of an intended drug deal at a North Carolina airport was the fact that the drugs in question were actually soap bars.
Scientists find tiny baby octopus floating on Hawaii trash
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii scientists found two tiny baby octopuses floating on plastic trash they were cleaning up as they monitored coral reefs.
Judge chases prisoners, nabs one during attempted escape
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
CHEHALIS, Wash. (AP) — A judge removed his robe and gave chase after two handcuffed prisoners made a run for it from his Washington state courtroom.
Authorities nab suspected serial diaper dumper
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
FRANKLIN, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say they've captured a man suspected of dumping his grandson's soiled diapers along several New Jersey roadways over the past year.
Call to wrong number delivers rescue ride to man in pain
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
COLUMBUS, Neb. (AP) — A phone call to a wrong number in Nebraska delivered just what a man in pain needed: a ride to a hospital.
Woman saves husband who emerges from coma to see son's birth
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota man awoke from a medically-induced coma just in time for the birth of his son after his wife, at 39 weeks pregnant, saved him from cardiac arrest.
Judge chases inmates during attempted escape
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
CHEHALIS, Wash. (AP) — A judge removed his robe and gave chase after two handcuffed inmates made a run for it from his Washington state courtroom.
Conductor uses tie to rescue dog on train tracks
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey Transit train conductor took off his tie and used it as a leash to rescue a wayward dog named Shelby on the tracks.
Hawaii bonsai tree stolen after owner raised it for decades
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii police are trying to find a rare bonsai tree that was stolen from a nursery owner who says he spent 56 years caring for it.
Seeking to remove MLK sculpture that doesn't look like him
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A community activist says he has gathered more than 6,000 signatures to replace a large sculpture of Martin Luther King Jr. in a western New York park.
Man whose flatulence ended police interview pleads guilty
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A man whose excessive flatulence forced a police detective to cut shot an interrogation has pleaded guilty to federal gun and drug charges.
A hot dog? Firefighters rescue pet stuck in heating duct
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
WEST SPRINGFIELD, Va. (AP) — It wasn't a cat in a tree, but a dog in a heating duct that took firefighters to a home in Virginia.
Workers take dive into deep doo to unclog sewer pumps
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Divers spent two days deep inside a South Carolina sewer, pulling out huge balls of oily, black used wet wipes and baby wipes that had clogged intake pumps.
Man rescued from Arizona mine lucky to survive fall, snakes
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona man who fell to the bottom of an old abandoned gold mine shaft, broke both his legs, fought off a trio of rattlesnakes and went two days without food or water before a friend heard his cries for help is lucky to be alive, said the head of a rescue team.
Nebraska's message for tourists? 'It's not for everyone'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's no longer nice, at least in its next tourism campaign. The new sales pitch has a decidedly self-deprecating bent: "Nebraska. Honestly, it's not for everyone."
Man who fell into Arizona mine 'fortunate' to survive
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona man who fell to the bottom of an old abandoned mine shaft, broke both his legs, fought off a trio of rattlesnakes and went two days without food or water before a friend heard his cries for help is lucky to be alive, said the head of a rescue team.
Hi Mickey, 'Bye Mickey: 6 Disney parks on 2 coasts in 1 day
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Heather and Clark Ensminger breathed sighs of relief when their Los Angeles-bound plane took off from Florida on time: Their biggest hurdle was now eliminated for achieving their goal of visiting six Disney parks on two coasts in one day.
Motorists stunned as metal balls roll down Seattle street
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
SEATTLE (AP) — Authorities in Seattle temporarily closed a street after motorists were stunned by dozens of large metal balls that spilled out of a truck and cascaded down the street, damaging several cars.
'Call my lawyer,' says sweater seized with stolen sneakers
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — A Virginia store has had 20 right-foot shoes stolen over the course of three break-ins this year.
Nebraska's message for tourists? 'It's not for everyone'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
The new sales pitch has a decidedly self-deprecating bent: "Nebraska. The slogan, which the Nebraska Tourism Commission unveiled Wednesday at a Nebraska City conference, will replace the current "Through My Eyes" campaign this spring, commission marketing manager Jenn Gjerde said Thursday. State tourism director John Ricks told the Omaha World-Herald that because Nebraska consistently ranks as the least likely state tourists plan to visit, the marketing campaign needed to be different.
No money down the drain for Philippine sanitation workers
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
Philippines sanitation workers unblocking a drain discovered dozens of wallets had been clogging it up, some containing credit cards and IDs, but no money. A man working near the scene shot video footage showing the workers in a village in Batangas city, south of the capital Manila, sorting through wallets and removing and laying out items including identity cards found in them. Police officer Mario David, who went to investigate what he suspected were stolen items, said many of the wallets were pulled out from deep in the drain, meaning they had been there for a long time.
Nobel Prize winner honored with dedicated campus bike rack
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The University of Missouri is honoring its Nobel Prize-winning scientist with an unusual accolade: a dedicated bicycle rack slot.
Police find stolen doughnut van, share treats with homeless
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — It was a lucky day for some Florida police officers who recovered a stolen van filled with Krispy Kreme doughnuts.
Perfect scapegoat: Goat on road jams morning traffic near DC
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
GERMANTOWN, Md. (AP) — The appearance of a goat on a road in a Maryland suburb of Washington created traffic delays and an opportunity for county police to come up with many puns.
$1,000 reward to nail thieves of California hammer sculpture
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
HEALDSBURG, Calif. (AP) — The artist who created an 800-pound (363 kilograms) sculpture of a hammer that was stolen from a Northern California community center is offering a $1,000 reward to nail the thieves.
Doggy bag: Beagle intercepts roast pig at Atlanta airport
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
A passenger traveling from Ecuador was relieved of leftovers when an intrepid beagle found a roasted pig's head in baggage at the world's busiest airport. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection says the Agriculture Detector dog named Hardy alerted to the baggage at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on Oct. 11. CBP agriculture specialists then discovered a 2-pound (1-kilogram) cooked pig's head, which was seized and destroyed.
Couple plans to visit 6 Disney parks on 2 coasts in 1 day
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A Tennessee couple plans to visit six Disney parks on two U.S. coasts in one day.
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.