Oddities

FILE - In this June 23, 2018, file photo, Zsa Zsa, an English Bulldog owned by Megan Brainard, stands onstage after being announced the winner of the World's Ugliest Dog Contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, Calif. The new World’s Ugliest Dog will be chosen in the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds, Ca, on Friday, June 21, 2019.(AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
June 21, 2019 - 2:32 pm
Things are starting to get ugly in the picturesque California town of Petaluma. Indeed, the place will go to the dogs when the winner of what's being billed as the World's Ugliest Dog Contest is announced Friday night. It's shaping up to be a hideous affair. Nineteen contestants featuring droopy...
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June 21, 2019 - 9:09 am
ROMULUS, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a man took off more than his belt and shoes at a Detroit Metropolitan Airport security checkpoint, and that he got completely naked before trying to pass through a metal detector. The Wayne County Airport Authority said in a statement that the man walked up to...
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In this Thursday, June 20, 2019 photo provided by the fire department a squirrel is stucked in a gully cover in Dortmund, Germany. When rescuers arrived, they spotted the tufted-eared squirrel’s head poking out of a hole in the cover. Initial attempts to free the animal were unsuccessful, so the entire manhole cover was removed and taken to a nearby veterinary clinic, while police were called in to guard the open sewer. Vets used anesthetic to calm the squirrel and then freed the animal. It was treated for superficial neck wounds and then released back into the wild. (Feuerwehr Dortmund/dpa via AP)
June 21, 2019 - 3:39 am
BERLIN (AP) — Firefighters, police and a veterinary clinic combined forces to rescue a red squirrel that had gotten its tiny head stuck in a manhole cover in the western German city of Dortmund. Dortmund's fire department said Friday they responded Thursday morning to a call about the rodent in...
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June 19, 2019 - 9:42 am
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Residents of a Norwegian island where the sun doesn't set for 69 days of the year want to go "time-free" and have more flexible school and working hours to make the most of their long summer days. People on the island of Sommaroey are pushing to get rid of traditional...
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June 19, 2019 - 5:21 am
YORK, Pa. (AP) — Family members say someone stole an urn with a man's ashes after his funeral in Pennsylvania. A service for 42-year-old Sam Abreght was held over the weekend at the Salvation Army in York. His cremains were divided into three urns, one of which was to go to his mother. Family...
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June 18, 2019 - 1:56 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Horror and alarm over the discovery of what appeared to be the body of a dead baby at a New York City park turned to relief, and probably some embarrassment, Tuesday when the blue-skinned corpse was later revealed to be a realistic-looking doll. Police and paramedics rushed to...
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June 18, 2019 - 11:08 am
MALDEN, Mass. (AP) — Police say a man faked a heart attack in a Massachusetts convenience store while his accomplice hopped over the counter to steal money from the register. Malden police on Facebook say they responded to the store Sunday afternoon on reports of a theft. Officers were told two...
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June 17, 2019 - 9:47 pm
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — It was a mistake that had some people in Pakistan scratching their whiskers. A regional minister was giving a briefing that was livestreamed on social media last week when viewers noticed the officials had unexpected feline features. The cat filter, a social media feature...
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June 13, 2019 - 9:10 am
HONOLULU (AP) — A snake stowed away in a man's bag and remained undetected until it completed the trip from Florida to Hawaii, officials said. The southern black racer snake slithered out of the man's backpack when he arrived on Maui Monday, KGMB-TV reported Wednesday. The U.S. Department of...
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June 11, 2019 - 11:26 pm
ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico city known for its proximity to arguably the most famous UFO event in the United States has trademark protection for its alien-inspired logo. The city of Roswell said Tuesday it received its requested trademark certification from the New Mexico Secretary of State's...
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