Oddities

November 03, 2017 - 10:43 am
BERLIN (AP) — A worried resident in Germany alerted police to what he thought was a World War II bomb in his garden. Officers found ... a particularly large zucchini. Police were summoned to the scene in Bretten, near the southwestern city of Karlsruhe, on Thursday morning by a worried 81-year-old...
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November 03, 2017 - 9:59 am
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Sweden's postal service was puzzled when packages of electronics disappeared from its trucks on a road northeast of Goteborg, the country's second-largest city. PostNord head of security Alexis Larsson says they mounted concealed cameras inside the back of a postal truck...
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November 03, 2017 - 9:48 am
SHERIDAN, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say a western New York town official has been cited for trying to bury his defunct auto repair garage in a hole. WIVB-TV reports that Louis Delmonte's business on Route 20 in the Chautauqua (shuh-TAW'-kwuh) County town of Sheridan had been in rundown condition for...
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November 03, 2017 - 8:10 am
WHITE CREEK, N.Y. (AP) — New York State Police say they've charged a 48-year-old woman with stealing $250 worth of baked goods from an order of nuns known for their cheesecake. Troopers say the theft occurred last month at the Nuns of New Skete (SKEET) monastery in the rural town of White Creek, on...
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This Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017 photo provided by J. Craig Willams shows a four-foot-long crocodile monitor, a lizard that can grow to eight feet long, sunning itself on a hedge in Williams' backyard in Riverside, Calif. It's a relative of the famous Komodo dragon, native to Papua New Guinea and Indonesia, and it's legal to own them in the California. It's currently in the custody of the Riverside County Department of Animal Services, and if the owner doesn't claim it, the monitor will be sent to a sanctuary for exotic animals. (J. Craig Williams via AP)
November 03, 2017 - 12:40 am
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — A lizard that can grow to be 8 feet long has been found in Southern California, thousands of miles from its native land, and authorities think it's a pet gone astray. The 4-foot-long crocodile monitor was spotted sunning itself on top of a hedge Wednesday afternoon in the...
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In this still frame taken from video provided by the Riverside County Department of Animal Services, an employee holds a crocodile monitor, a lizard that can grow to eight feet long, in Riverside, Calif., Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017. The 4-foot-long crocodile monitor, a relative of the famous Komodo dragon, and native to Papua New Guinea and Indonesia, was spotted sunning itself on top of a hedge Wednesday afternoon in the backyard of a Riverside home. It's legal to own them in the California and if the owner doesn't claim it, the monitor will be sent to a sanctuary for exotic animals. (John Welsh/Riverside County Department of Animal Services via AP
November 03, 2017 - 12:25 am
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — A lizard that can grow to be 8 feet long has been found in Southern California, thousands of miles from its native land, and authorities think it's a pet gone astray. The 4-foot-long crocodile monitor was spotted sunning itself on top of a hedge Wednesday afternoon in the...
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November 02, 2017 - 1:16 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — She knows how to pick a winner. Local media report that Kimberly Morris of Wake Forest scratched off two North Carolina lottery tickets on Monday, winning $1 million on one of the tickets and $10,000 with another. Morris thought things were going well when she bought a ticket...
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November 02, 2017 - 1:12 pm
WEEHAWKEN, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey couple is suing a construction company after they say they found bottles of urine, rodents and rotten food inside the walls of their newly purchased $2 million luxury condominium. NJ.com reports the couple's holding company, Shiloh Holding, filed the suit last...
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November 02, 2017 - 8:40 am
WARREN, Ohio (AP) — Police in Ohio say they're looking for a man who pulled out a gun after being told by a McDonald's drive-thru worker there were no Egg McMuffin sandwiches available. Police say the incident occurred shortly after 3:30 a.m. Wednesday at a McDonald's in Warren, about 60 miles (97...
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November 02, 2017 - 6:47 am
TOKYO (AP) — A marketing company in Tokyo has opted for a novel perk for its employees: an extra week's holiday for those who are nonsmokers. A spokesman for Piala, Hirotaka Matsushima, said Thursday that the company began offering the six days of vacation to all of its 120 staff members in...
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