Oddities

October 25, 2017 - 11:07 am
MARYLAND HEIGHTS, Mo. (AP) — Police who caught three teenagers orange-handed with 48 stolen pumpkins — and one gourd — are asking residents of a St. Louis suburb to view a "pumpkin lineup" online to see if their Halloween squash are among those recovered. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that...
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FILE - This undated file photo shows legendary physicist Dr. Albert Einstein, author of the theory of Relativity. Einstein's handwritten not e to a bellboy while traveling in Japan in 1922 fetched $1.3 million at a Jerusalem auction, The Winner auction house said, Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/File)
October 24, 2017 - 10:00 pm
JERUSALEM (AP) — While Albert Einstein's theory of happiness may be relative, it fetched $1.3 million at a Jerusalem auction on Tuesday. The Nobel-winning scientist's musings, handwritten on a note, may not be as famous as his groundbreaking theory of relativity, but they still shed light on one of...
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October 24, 2017 - 10:30 am
HENRIETTA, N.Y. (AP) — A runaway garbage truck has slammed into the front of a New York gift shop named A Beautiful Mess, causing extensive damage. Owner Jeri Flack says he received a call from police on Monday informing her that a garbage truck rolled away from a gas station in Henrietta, traveled...
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October 23, 2017 - 11:54 pm
PROVO, Utah (AP) — A Utah mom in her final days of pregnancy gave her baby an eviction notice and made it official with a judge's signature. Incredibly, the baby obeyed. Kaylee Bays was pregnant with her third child, a girl, and thought she was going into labor last week, but it stopped. She went...
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This Oct. 20, 2017, photo a surfboard that Taylor Lane, of Santa Cruz, Calif., made with 10,000 discarded cigarette butts for the annual "Creators & Innovators Upcycle Contest" at the Ecology Center in San Juan Capistrano, Calif. Lane, a California surfer, has won the recycled surfboard contest. (Matt Masin/The Orange County Register via AP)
October 23, 2017 - 10:52 pm
SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. (AP) — A California surfer has won a recycled surfboard contest with an entry covered with 10,000 cigarette butts. "This is the most polluted item picked up on the beach," creator Taylor Lane told the Orange County Register. "And no one thinks twice that you can do...
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October 23, 2017 - 10:27 pm
SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. (AP) — A California surfer has won a recycled surfboard contest with an entry covered with 10,000 cigarette butts. "This is the most polluted item picked up on the beach," creator Taylor Lane told the Orange County Register. "And no one thinks twice that you can do...
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October 23, 2017 - 2:31 pm
MONTREAL (AP) — A Canadian man's decision to belt out a 1990s dance hit while inside his car has landed him a $149 ticket for being too loud in public. But Taoufik Moalla said Monday he'll fight the ticket and denies his singing was as deafening as authorities claim. Moalla says he was happily...
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October 23, 2017 - 8:31 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Police say a brick has punched a hole in the roof of a New York City bus and injured a passenger. Police are investigating if someone intentionally threw the brick, which hit a 19-year-old man in the leg Sunday night. The victim's name was not released, but officials say he was...
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This October 2017 photo provided by the Cornell University Museum of Vertebrates shows a specimen of a pink-headed duck in Ithaca, N.Y. Because of the age of the specimen, the head has changed colors. In October 2017, Richard Thorns plans to launch a seventh expedition into the inaccessible wilds of Myanmar to search for the pink-headed duck that hasn’t been seen alive since 1949, and that was in India. No one has seen the bird alive in Myanmar in more than a century. (Marilu Lopez Fretts/Cornell University Museum of Vertebrates via AP)
October 23, 2017 - 8:05 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hope is the thing with feathers, poet Emily Dickinson wrote. For Richard Thorns, the feathers are pink. Thorns' hope? To prove that a colorful duck is not extinct. This week, he launches a seventh expedition into the inaccessible wilds of Myanmar to search for the pink-headed duck...
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October 22, 2017 - 5:09 pm
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — A Salvation Army thrift store in New Hampshire has received an urn apparently filled with cremated remains. The Portsmouth Herald reports the urn was donated last week. It's bronze in color and is engraved "Richard L. Pettengill 1929-1981." The store is holding onto the urn...
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