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Builder of illegal LA mansion gets fines, community service
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The father of fashion models Bella and Gigi Hadid has been fined and given community service for illegally building a gigantic mansion in Los Angeles.
New librarian finds live Civil War
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
CARLISLE, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts librarian on her first day on the job has come across live military shells from the Civil War inside a closet in her new office.
Apollo 11 bag laced with moon dust sells for $1.8 million
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
NEW YORK (AP) — A bag containing traces of moon dust sold for $1.8 million at an auction on Thursday following a galactic court battle.
A weird Florida mystery: Frozen pork falling from the sky
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Meat falling from the sky is weird, even by Florida standards.
Texas company recalls coffee with Viagra
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas (AP) — A Texas coffee company is recalling one of its roasts because it was making some men a bit too excited.
Winning toilet paper gowns offered to brides
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
By Taylor Harris NEW YORK (Reuters) - A toilet paper wedding dress with 1,500 hand-cut butterflies made by a mother of two in her spare time won the $10,000 first prize in a quirky New York fashion competition on Thursday and a bride-in-need may have the chance to wear it down the aisle. Ripley's Believe It or Not!, which exhibits winning entries every year, is donating about 20 of the top gowns to brides whose plans were shattered by the sudden bankruptcy of wedding dressmaker Alfred Angelo last week. Kari Curletto said she spent three months on her submission "Quilted Enchantment," with its six-foot cathedral train.
McDonald's adds Big Mac onesie, sweatsuit to delivery items
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
OAK BROOK, Ill. (AP) — With McDonald's now offering a delivery service, the fast-food giant is looking to make customers comfortable eating at home with a new clothing line that includes an adult-size Big Mac onesie.
Trooper reels in massive 650
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
RYE, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire state trooper reeled in a big fish — a massive 650-pound (295-kilogram) tuna.
McDonald's adds Big Mac onesie, sweats to items it delivers
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
OAK BROOK, Ill. (AP) — With McDonald's now offering a delivery service, the fast food giant is looking to make customers comfortable eating at home with a new clothing line that includes an adult-size Big Mac onesie.
London Zoo welcomes a new kind of visitor: Robotic dinosaurs
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
LONDON (AP) — London Zoo is welcoming a new star attraction this summer: robotic dinosaurs.
Swedish train to be named Trainy McTrainface in tribute to Boaty
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
A Swedish rail operator has vowed to name one of its trains "Trainy McTrainface" after a public vote, saying it would bring joy to people disappointed when Britain rejected the name Boaty McBoatface for a polar research ship following a similar poll. Trainy McTrainface won 49 percent of the votes in the naming competition, conducted online by train operator MTR Express and Swedish newspaper Metro, beating choices such as Hakan, Miriam and Poseidon. Last year, the British government said a new 200 million pound ($259 million) polar research ship would be named after veteran BBC naturalist David Attenborough even though the name "Boaty McBoatface" had topped an online poll.
Man beats odds of catching blue lobster, donates to science
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire lobsterman has joined an elite club after catching a rare blue lobster.
Cops: Customer threatened to shoot someone over bad sandwich
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
SOUTH EUCLID, Ohio (AP) — Police in suburban Cleveland say a fast-food restaurant customer angry about the way his sandwich tasted and looked threatened to shoot somebody over it.
Alabama man to display head of 820
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
SAMSON, Ala. (AP) — Hogs aren't unusual in rural south Alabama, but Wade Seago said he'd never seen anything like the 820-pound animal he shot and killed in his front yard.
Stranded fugitive arrested after flagging down deputy
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
RACELAND, La. (AP) — A fugitive who authorities say evaded capture since 2013 has been arrested after he flagged down a deputy in Louisiana.
Herd of scared buffalo make break for it, roam through town
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
GILFORD, N.H. (AP) — These buffalo have been roaming through a New Hampshire town.
Cheesemaker kicks up a stink over vanishing prize
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
A British cheesemaker has offered a 500 pound ($652) reward for the recovery of 40 kilograms of prize-winning cheddar stolen from an agricultural show in south-west England. The award-winning cheddar and the reserve champion, each weighing 20 kilograms, were allegedly stolen on Saturday after being left in a marquee in Yeovil, not far from the village of Cheddar, after which the world-renowned cheese is named. The two blocks disappeared along with the certificates that prove their prize-winning quality which could raise their value.
Woman gives birth in Uber car on way to California hospital
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Southern California mom says that when she prayed her fourth birth would be a fast one, she couldn't imagine it would happen in an Uber car on the way to the hospital.
Man kills raccoon with hammer after it bites him on head
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
ARNOLD, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man says he was attacked by a raccoon as he worked on his car outside his home, and killed the animal with the only weapon he had: a hammer.
Metamorphosis: Philadelphia street horrified as cockroaches invade
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
Residents of a Philadelphia street were horrified when thousands of cockroaches emerged from a sewer drain, forming a swarm so big that it covered the street at one stage, according to city officials and local media on Tuesday. "There were thousands of them," resident Pat Wall told NBC10 television of the Sunday-night incident. "It was a horror story that I couldn't believe I was living." A small task force of city workers on Tuesday found the source of the infestation, a drain clogged with refuse, said John DiGiulio, a spokesman for the Philadelphia Water Department.
Police: Man threatens to pull gun over wrong taco order
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico man is facing charges after police say he threatened to pull a gun on a taco shop employee for giving him the wrong order.
Police officer with stun gun sets naked man on fire
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
MANITOWOC, Wis. (AP) — Police say an officer using a stun gun to restrain a naked man accidentally set the man's chest hair and beard on fire.
Police helicopter crew recorded couple having sex, British court told
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
The crew of a police helicopter filmed people sunbathing in the nude, naturists at a campsite and even a couple having sex, a court in Britain was told on Tuesday, the BBC reported. South Yorkshire police officers Matthew Lucas, 42, and Lee Walls, 47, and pilots Matthew Loosemore, 45, and Malcolm Reeves, 64, each denied charges of misconduct in public office when they went on trial in Sheffield in the north of England.
Officials try to figure out why roaches swarmed from manhole
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Water Department is trying to figure out what caused thousands of cockroaches to emerge from a manhole and swarm a neighborhood.
Dog pulls baby deer from water to save it from drowning
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
PORT JEFFERSON, N.Y. (AP) — A dog that saw a baby deer in danger of drowning in New York jumped in and dragged it to shore.
Flood destroys entire cash contents of Wisconsin bank vault
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
BURLINGTON, Wis. (AP) — Flooding last week destroyed all the cash in the vault of a southeastern Wisconsin bank.
US YouTube star in Thailand finds coin stunt falls flat
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
BANGKOK (AP) — An American expat in Thailand who is a YouTube star with 3.29 million subscribers is in hot water for posting a video of an age-old practice among kids: flattening coins on railroad tracks.
California judge who pocketed 2 cardholders agrees to resign
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A Northern California judge who agreed to resign after swiping two art deco-style business cardholders from a judges' dinner in San Francisco said Monday that he remains deeply remorseful.
California judge who swiped 2 cardholders agrees to resign
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A Northern California judge is losing his job after swiping two art deco-style business card holders from a judges' dinner in San Francisco.
At a snail's pace. Larry lands world snail racing title
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
LONDON (Reuters) - "Ready, steady, slow," was the cry as 'Team Uslime Bolt' and their rivals got underway at the World Snail Racing championships in the English village of Congham. More than 150 snails took part in Saturday's championships, held on a damp cloth on a table top in a field, vying to become the latest winner of an event which dates back to the 1960s. Larry, owned by Tara Beasley, was this year's winner, completing the 33 cm course in two minutes and 20 seconds on Saturday.
Illinois school dorm director teaches dog to bark in whisper
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
GREENVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A resident director who lives in a dorm at a college in southern Illinois has taught his dog to bark in a whisper.
Hyenas spark admiration, not fear, in Ethiopia's Harar city
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
By Tiksa Nagari HARAR, Ethiopia (Reuters) - Hyenas roam the streets of the ancient walled city of Harar in eastern Ethiopia every night, seeking scraps of meat to drag to the nearby caves. Abbas Yusuf, known as Hyena Man, learnt to feed the hyenas from his father, Yusuf Mume Salleh, who fed them for 45 years before passing the job to his son 13 years ago. "Hyenas have never attacked the people of Harar after my father started feeding them, unless you harm their babies," Abbas Yusuf told Reuters.
See this? Doctors find 27 contact lenses in woman's eye
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
LONDON (AP) — Doctors intending to perform cataract surgery on a 67-year-old woman in Britain found something rather unexpected: 17 contact lenses mashed together in her right eye.
River roll call as 'swan upping' gets under way on Britain's Thames
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
By Mark Hanrahan SHEPPERTON, England, (Reuters) - Six old-fashioned skiffs interrupted the sleepy pace of life on a stretch of the river Thames on Monday as teams embarked on the annual "upping" - a combined census and health visit for swans. "It's tradition - it's part of British history", David Barber, the swan marker on queen's crew told Reuters of the endeavour dating back to the 12th century, when swans were an important food source. The upping is in part about pomp and ceremony.
'Curious' baboon knocks out power to Zambian tourist town
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A baboon in Zambia has interfered with machinery at a power station in a tourist town near Victoria Falls, knocking out power to tens of thousands of people for several hours.
Timber rattlesnake caught lingering near Massachusetts home
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Timber rattlesnakes are known to thrive in some rural areas of Massachusetts, but finding them in urban areas is almost unheard of.
Baboon causes power cut in Zambian tourist town
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
A baboon plunged a Zambian tourist town into darkness on Sunday after tampering with equipment at a hydro-electric power station, the state electricity company said on Monday. The 108 megawatt power station in Livingstone, a hub for tourists visiting nearby Victoria Falls, is close to a national park but it is rare for animals to wander into the plant. Zesco Ltd, which owns the power station, said the baboon disturbed a high voltage transformer leaving about 40,000 customers without electricity for five hours.
6 cars stolen from driveways on same night in same town
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
GREENWICH, Conn. (AP) — Police say six cars were stolen from people's driveways on the same night in the Connecticut town of Greenwich.
Forever's gonna start tonight: Wedding set for total eclipse
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — An astronomy buff and her fiance want to make sure nothing eclipses their Missouri wedding ceremony.
Bees at center of swarm, attack moved from suburbia to farm
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
RAMSEY, N.J. (AP) — Police say that the New Jersey beehive at the center of an attack on a beekeeper and his wife has been moved to a farm.
Florida driver survives crash when metal object falls on van
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man has survived a harrowing drive after a large piece of scrap metal fell from a tractor-trailer and crushed his van.
New Jersey beekeeper, wife hospitalized after colony attacks
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
RAMSEY, N.J. (AP) — Officials say a New Jersey beekeeper and his wife were hospitalized after the man's colony became aggressive and swarmed part of the town where the hive was located.
Bishop offers daily prayer for commuters in 'Summer of Hell'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. (AP) — A Roman Catholic bishop is offering prayers to New York-area commuters facing what's been billed as a "Summer of Hell."
No Whining: Pope's humor intact despite rough few weeks
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis hasn't lost his sense of humor despite a rough few weeks of clamorous exits of top Vatican officials and some other negative headlines.
Australia senator's 3 election wins officially didn't happen
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The deputy leader of an Australian political party announced Friday that he was ending his nine-year career in Parliament because he had discovered he had technically never been a senator.
Raccoon gets busy in backseat of convertible, giving birth
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — A pregnant raccoon decided to get busy in the backseat of a convertible — giving birth.
Grievance filed over mowing goats at university in Michigan
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — A union has filed a grievance in response to Western Michigan University's hiring of goats to clear 15 acres (6.07 hectares) of woodland on campus.
Insect attack! US West is battling crop
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Farmers in the U.S. West face a creepy scourge every eight years or so: Swarms of ravenous insects that can decimate crops and cause slippery, bug-slick car crashes as they march across highways and roads.
Texas ATM's choices: deposit, withdraw, release trapped repairman
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
A Texas repairman found that one of the hardest parts about being trapped while servicing a bank's automated teller machine was convincing customers coming for cash that he was stuck. "Most people thought it was a joke," Corpus Christi police spokeswoman Gena Pena said on Thursday.
Eels from overturned truck slime cars on Oregon highway
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
DEPOE BAY, Ore. (AP) — A truck hauling eels overturned on an Oregon highway, turning the coastal road into a slimy mess.