News: Offbeat

Man Orders $60 'Perfect Smile' Veneers Online and Gets Something Hilarious Instead

Thursday  08:35,   18 january 2018
Inside Edition

Ever thought of ordering veneers online? Take it from this guy: some things are best left to your friendly dentist.Ben Watson, 19, of Halifax, bought the “veneers” for nearly $60 on Wish.com. He said they were advertised as the “perfect smile at the [...]

Spanish village 'purifies' horses with fire in age-old ritual

Thursday  08:35,   18 january 2018
AFP

Thick smoke fills the cobbled streets of San Bartolome de Pinares as the clip-clop of galloping hooves edges ever closer to a bonfire crackling nearby. Suddenly a horse and its rider burst through the flames as the mysterious age-old festival of Las [...]

Alien sightings are no excuse for filing your tax return late

Wednesday  19:06,   17 january 2018
Reuters

As Britain's deadline for annual tax returns looms, revenue authorities have warned they will be keeping a sharp lookout for any mention of aliens. Seeking to encourage taxpayers to file their returns by Jan. 31, Her Majesty's Revenue and[...]

Aliens, apocalypse, lightning? ... No, just a meteor rocking Michigan

Wednesday  16:11,   17 january 2018
Reuters

A bright meteor briefly swept across the sky over parts of the U.S. Midwest and Canada on Tuesday, weather and geology agencies said, and then caused a powerful explosion that rattled homes and onlookers. The meteor was seen across the region in[...]

Yabba dabba doo! Malaysian sultan gets Flintstones car

Wednesday  16:11,   17 january 2018
AFP

A Malaysian sultan has been given a life-size replica of Fred Flintstone's car from the classic cartoon, although the modern update has an engine so he won't tire out his regal feet.Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar of Johor, one of Malaysia's[...]

Whisky and waders as fishermen welcome salmon season in Scotland

Wednesday  08:45,   17 january 2018
Reuters

On the banks of the River Tay in the Scottish highlands, a parade of pipers and a whisky-based blessing helped mark the start of the country's salmon fishing season on Monday. The village of Kenmore has been the traditional starting place for[...]

New zip line opens over Grand Canyon for thrill seekers

Wednesday  06:35,   17 january 2018
Relaxnews (AFP)

A new way to experience the Grand Canyon has opened targeting adrenaline junkies.  If the glass-bottom Grand Canyon Skywalk bridge at Grand Canyon West isn't exciting enough for you, a new attraction has opened in the[...]

Drunk droning now illegal in New Jersey

Tuesday  19:06,   16 january 2018
Reuters

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed a law on Monday making it illegal to fly an unmanned drone aircraft after too many drinks, a spokesman said on the Republican's last day in office.The law prohibits flying a drone with a blood alcohol[...]

Subway-themed sports shoes are just the ticket for Berliners

Tuesday  19:06,   16 january 2018
Reuters

Dozens of sports shoe enthusiasts stormed Adidas stores in Berlin to snatch a pair of shoes launched in collaboration with the public transport network that incorporate the same pattern as the subway's seats, as well as an annual ticket. Adidas[...]

Chinese 'rainbow dinosaur' had iridescent feathers like hummingbirds

Monday  15:21,   15 january 2018
Reuters

Scientists on Monday announced the discovery of a crow-sized, bird-like dinosaur with colorful feathers from northeastern China that lived 161 million years ago during the Jurassic Period. They named it Caihong, the Mandarin word for rainbow.[...]

5 Scrapped Designs for the World's Most Famous Buildings

Monday  09:36,   15 january 2018
Mental Floss

In an alternate reality, the Arc de Triomphe would have been a three-story-tall elephant statue.GoCompare, a comparison site for financial services, dug into these could-have-been designs for Alternate Architecture, an illustrated collection of[...]

Japan's latest sensation is a cryptocurrency pop group

Monday  09:36,   15 january 2018
Engadget

If you're starting a pop group in Japan, where giant rosters and virtual superstars are par for the course, how do you stand out? The group's first single, "The Moon and Virtual Currencies and Me," warns listeners about the perils of[...]

Temporary filling: Car flies into dental office

Monday  08:20,   15 january 2018
Sky News

A car smashed into the second floor of a California dental office after hitting a central reservation and going airborne. Photographs showed the Nissan Altima wedged into the top floor of the building, the front half inside while the back hung[...]

New turkey-sized plant-eating dinosaur identified after fossils found at Cape Otway

Sunday  14:08,   14 january 2018
ABC News

Scientists identify a new dinosaur that roamed on its hind legs, more than ten years after an amateur prospector found foot and tail fossils in Victoria's south-west.The fossils were found in 113-million-year-old rocks that form a sea platform[...]

Japanese tycoon loans Basquiat masterpiece to Brooklyn

Sunday  14:08,   14 january 2018
Relaxnews (AFP)

A Basquiat masterpiece, bought by a Japanese billionaire for a record $110.5 million, will make its museum debut this month, going on display in the artist's home borough of Brooklyn.  Jean-Michel Basquiat's 1982 "Untitled" has [...]