Oddities

Animal control officers, nearby helpers catch loose chicken

A Maine animal control officer had been on a mission to find a loose chicken when he decided to whack a few branches, exposing a black fowl lurking below

Alaska man sentenced for faking death to avoid prison term

Dining in Florida: Bobcat munches on iguana

What’s in a number? Dutchman, 69, seeks age change to 49

Officers catch huge lizard that terrified Florida neighbors

Spiderwebs found floating across Arkansas

Twins from different parties get different election outcomes

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Identical twin California sisters give birth 2 hours apart

Memphis hospital employee seen wearing shirt with noose, Confederate flag while voting

Naked man breaks into GA home, jumps into bed with residents

GOP candidate called 'Bigfoot erotica' devotee wins race

Surprise: Large alligator found in Kansas City hot tub

Discovery of ancient ramp may explain how Egyptian pyramids were built

Police: Man breaks into crocodile enclosure, gets bitten

Authorities say a 23-year-old man was found injured after breaking into a Florida zoo and jumping into a pond full of crocodiles

Woman tries to drive away with North Dakota squad car

Charges are pending against a 23-year-old woman who police say got into a Devils Lake police car and tried to drive away

Who steals portable toilets? German court renders verdict

Who steals portable toilets? A court in Germany says two employees from a waste management company

  Interstellar object may have been alien probe, Harvard scientists say

Scientists are intrigued because the object is traveling through space at 196,000 mph. They said it might have an “artificial origin.”

NY family thinks bones under home are long-missing father

Yellowstone geyser belches up 80 years of garbage

Man calmly swims away after crashing seaplane into lake, gets ride home

Philadelphia's decadent 'Wing Bowl' no more after 26 years

People find severed head in Oakland yard, take it to police

Look what we found: Tiny female lion cub in French garage

'French Spiderman' barred from climbing UK buildings

French urban climber Alain Robert has been banned from climbing any building in Britain after scaling one of London's tallest skyscrapers without ropes _ and without permission

'Corpse flower' that smells like dirty diapers to bloom

Just in time for Halloween, a rare "corpse flower" that gets its nickname from its putrid smell is days away from blooming at Dartmouth College's greenhouse

Police: Man volunteers to be Saran wrapped and shot with Air Soft guns

An officer with the Sesser Police Department walked upon a tightly wrapped situation on Thursday, Oct. 25.

Goodwill workers in NJ find original 1774 'rebel' newspaper

Quick eye by Goodwill workers in New Jersey turned up an original 1774 Philadelphia newspaper with an iconic "Unite or Die" masthead.

Pregnant wife saves husband’s life, then gives birth hours later

Ashley Goette, 39 weeks pregnant, acted fast when she noticed her husband Andrew wasn't snoring one night.

Man accidentally sets house on fire after using a blowtorch to kill black widow spiders

Fire officials said the exact cause of the fire had not been determined, but they believe the blowtorch is to blame.

Tipsy birds flying into windows, cars in northern Minnesota

Police in a small northern Minnesota community have been taking some strange calls about birds that seem to be intoxicated

Los Angeles has its 1st electric scooter DUI prosecution

A Los Angeles man has been fined $550 and ordered to pay restitution for riding an electric scooter while intoxicated and knocking over a 64-year-old pedestrian on a sidewalk

Boo! A Halloween display so scary that neighbor calls 911

A Halloween decoration hanging in a North Dakota window is so scary that it prompted neighborly concern and at least one plea for police assistance

Drones help search for escaped kangaroo in Florida

Wildlife officers with the help of two drones searched a second day for a kangaroo that escaped an animal sanctuary in South Florida

Quirk resolved: Border Missourians get Missouri addresses

A quirk in the mail delivery system that forced some rural Missouri residents living along the Iowa and Arkansas borders to have mailing addresses in their neighboring states has been fixed

Six Flags St. Louis offers perks for customer coffin time

Six contestants for a promotion at Six Flags St. Louis will compete for a $300 prize, season tickets and other perks, and all they have to do is spend 30 hours in a coffin

$450 million da Vinci painting rediscovered in Baton Rouge

Fewer than 20 paintings by Leonardo da Vinci have survived to this day. More than a century has passed since the last time one was rediscovered.

Woman rubs feces on neighbors’ door in retaliation for dog pooping in yard

The neighbors say if their dogs used the bathroom in the woman’s yard, it wasn’t on purpose, and the woman should have tried talking to them to resolve the issue.

Huge squirrel population chomps crops, driving farmers nuts

Farmers in New England are getting harassed by bumper crop of squirrels

Suspicious item turns out to be science experiment

Police officers spent two hours investigating a suspicious plastic container found behind a Missouri sandwich shop before determining it was a high school science experiment

Man buys Slim Jims for his dog, lottery ticket, wins $10M

A New York man will be living large thanks to his decision to buy some Slim Jims for his dog

Woman seriously injured after mistaking dynamite for candle

Authorities say police will not be pressing charges because the victim had no previous knowledge the illegal explosive devices were in the home.

GRAPHIC: ‘Black, hairy tongue’: Yes, this really happens

A report in the New England Journal of Medicine said a 55-year-old woman developed the tongue condition as a side-effect to treatment of a wound infection she developed after sustaining severe leg injuries in an auto accident.

Connecticut restaurant owner fined over no dog pee sign

A sarcastic sign in the window of a Connecticut restaurant asking people not to let their dogs pee on the eatery's outside flower pot has earned the owner a $250 fine