Oddities

August 03, 2019 - 4:04 pm
SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — A newspaper says a message in a bottle from Hawaii was discovered floating in California waters after traveling for more than a decade across the Pacific. The Press Democrat reported Friday that 30-year-old Eric McDermott found the message, dated 2006, in April with the...
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File-This Sept. 16, 2013. file photo shows the Phillies Phanatic dancing with a fan on the dugout during the eighth inning of a baseball game in Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Phillies have sued the New York company that created the Phanatic mascot to prevent the green fuzzy fan favorite from becoming a free agent. In a complaint filed Friday, Aug. 2, 2019, in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, the team alleged Harrison/Erickson threatened to terminate the Phillies' rights to the Phanatic next year and “make the Phanatic a free agent” unless the team renegotiated its 1984 agreement to acquire the mascot’s rights. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola, File)
August 03, 2019 - 1:02 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The Philadelphia Phillies have sued the New York company that created the Phanatic mascot to prevent the green furry fan favorite from becoming a free agent. In a complaint filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, the team alleged Harrison/Erickson threatened to terminate...
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August 03, 2019 - 7:35 am
BERLIN (AP) — Police in Germany say a truck carrying crates of beer lost part of its load, spilling about 10,000 bottles onto a road in the southwest of the country. Mannheim police said Saturday that volunteer firefighters from two nearby towns and a local civil defense team took part in the...
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Taco Bell
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June 05, 2019 - 6:31 am
SLIDELL, La. (AP) — A police department in Louisiana is reminding people that it's there to serve, just not handle customer service complaints about Taco Bell. The Slidell Police Department posted on Facebook Monday that someone called to complain that a local Taco Bell had run out of "both hard...
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Graduation Cake
June 04, 2019 - 9:16 am
PASADENA, Texas (AP) — A Texas family could have used a saw instead of a knife to slice a graduation cake from Walmart that was made of plastic foam. Marsy Flores says the retail giant's store in Pasadena, Texas, had lost her order for a two-tier cake that she wanted for her daughter's graduation...
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ball python
May 28, 2019 - 2:38 pm
CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a ball python slithered out of a toilet and bit a South Florida man on the arm. Coral Springs police spokesman Chris Swinson said the man was treated at the scene after the 4-foot (1.2-meter) snake bit him when he lifted the toilet seat on Sunday morning...
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Police
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May 15, 2019 - 8:20 am
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia police are investigating after a 5-year-old boy brought about two dozen vials of crack cocaine into a preschool at a Roman Catholic church. Police say the boy told a teacher's aide at St. Cyprian Children's Center that the person who handed him the bag told him to...
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This Sunday, April 28, 2019 photo provided by Raymond Huffman shows Massachusetts Institute of Technology's signature Great Dome draped with a giant cloth version of Captain America's red, white and blue shield, in Cambridge, Mass. MIT students for generations have centered similar pranks on the dome, this time drawing inspiration from America's hottest movie, "Avengers: Endgame." The shield went up Saturday night and was taken down Monday morning. (Raymond Huffman via AP)
April 29, 2019 - 5:09 pm
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Student pranksters at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have struck again, drawing inspiration from America's hottest movie. MIT students over the weekend draped the university's signature Great Dome with a giant cloth version of Captain America's red, white and blue...
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In this Feb. 28, 2019 photo, a fossilized dinosaur footprints are shown on a paving stone at the Valley Forge National Historical Park in Valley Forge, Pa. A volunteer at the park outside Philadelphia recently discovered dozens of fossilized dinosaur footprints on flat rocks used to pave a section of hiking trail. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
March 06, 2019 - 9:18 am
VALLEY FORGE, Pa. (AP) — The national park on the site where George Washington and the struggling Continental Army endured a tough winter during the American Revolution boasts a new feature that's a couple of hundred million years old — dozens of fossilized dinosaur footprints discovered on rocks...
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Le Phuc Hai, 66, left, and To Gia Huy, 9, sit after having Trump and Kim haircuts in Hanoi, Vietnam, on Tuesday, Feb.19, 2019. U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un have become the latest style icons in Hanoi, a week before their second summit is to be held in the capital city of Vietnam.(AP Photo/Hau Dinh)
February 20, 2019 - 1:37 am
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — At a barbershop tucked away in a small Hanoi alley, Le Phuc Hai patiently waits for his hair dye to bleach his natural black into the color of the president of the United States. On a chair next to him, 9-year-old To Gia Huy emerges as a spitting image of a miniature Kim Jong...
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