News: Offbeat

Dogs dress up for Halloween costume parade

Monday  19:55,   23 october 2017
CBS News

"I feel like people get more into it with their dogs than they do in their own Halloween costumes," one resident said this weekend"It's cool to see how people get creative," one resident said. "I feel like people get more into it with[...]

Couple Makes Extravagant King Kong Display in Front of Their Home for Halloween

Monday  19:31,   23 october 2017
Inside Edition

They have been making elaborate displays for the past five years. A Utah man is bringing in Halloween, King Kong-style.Ammon Smith, 33, has decked out his front lawn as a scene from the classic film, and his Salt Lake City neighbors love the[...]

This dad took instructions on putting his daughter to bed very literally, and the internet can't stop laughing

Monday  10:07,   23 october 2017
MSN

Getting a two-year-old to go to sleep is one thing, but making sure they stay asleep is another. This dad wasn't taking any chances.- London was sleeping in her car seat, so Williams told Cade to "Just put her in the[...]

Optical Illusion Rug Creates a Bottomless Void in Your Floor

Monday  10:06,   23 october 2017
Mental Floss

The effect only works when viewed from a certain angle.According to designboom, Jarvie achieved the rug’s bottomless black hole illusion using clever, two-dimensional design elements. To people standing directly over it, the item resembles a shaded[...]

German zoo hopes to cure panda's bad walking habit with sex

Monday  05:29,   23 october 2017
Reuters

Zookeepers at Berlin's main animal park are hoping to cure a young female panda's habit of walking backwards by introducing her to one of life's most precious pleasures: sex. They plan to introduce four-year-old Meng Meng to Jiao Qing, a [...]

Last post: Titanic victim's letter sells for record $238,000

Sunday  11:06,   22 october 2017
Reuters

A personal letter found on the body of a man killed in the sinking of the Titanic sold at auction on Saturday for 126,000 pounds ($238,000), a record price for correspondence from the doomed liner. The letter is one of the last known to have[...]

A Beautiful Italian Town Will Pay You Up to $2350 to Move There

Saturday  14:30,   21 october 2017
Mental Floss

A quaint Italian village near Naples is trying to boost its dwindling population using cold, hard cash.So Italian municipalities outside major cities have been going to extremes to try to drum up future residents, including giving away homes for[...]

Coin-tossing elderly Chinese woman causes flight chaos

Saturday  13:56,   21 october 2017
AFP

She was flying Lucky Air, but that wasn't enough for an elderly Chinese woman who tossed coins at the jet's engine to wish for a safe flight, prompting authorities to detain her and ground the flight. The incident occurred on Wednesday at[...]

Stray Dog Crashes A Wedding And Finds His Own Happily Ever After

Saturday  09:36,   21 october 2017
HuffPost

Wedding crashers can often be unwelcome and obnoxious freeloaders. But that was not the case with this one. Wedding crashers can often be unwelcome and obnoxious freeloaders. But that was not the case when an unexpected guest showed up at[...]

Puppy eyes: The tail wagging the dog?

Friday  19:42,   20 october 2017
Relaxnews (AFP)

Your dog may be a master manipulator, deliberately making puppy eyes to pull at your heart strings, according to a study Thursday into a ploy many mutt owners have long suspected.  The research suggests that dogs may be in control[...]

Dutch family sells everything to bet on bitcoins

Friday  19:42,   20 october 2017
AFP

A Dutch family has sold virtually all they own, including a business, their home, two cars and a motorbike and invested the takings in bitcoin just as the virtual currency is soaring to new heights. "We are putting everything into bitcoin, we've[...]

Archaeology fossil teeth discovery in Germany could re-write human history

Friday  16:45,   20 october 2017
dw.com

A 9.7-million-year-old discovery has left a team of German scientists scratching their heads. A team of German archaeologists discovered a puzzling set of teeth in the former riverbed of the Rhine, the Museum of Natural History in Mainz[...]

Check out this 'beach ball-sized' puffball mushroom found in Iowa

Friday  16:45,   20 october 2017
USA TODAY

The mushroom was measured at 18 inches across and 10 inches deep. That's on the upper end of the average size of puffball mushrooms, which typically range between 8 to 20 inches, according to Polk County Conservation.Puffball mushrooms are round in [...]

Sports physician diagnoses gorilla's injury

Friday  15:57,   20 october 2017
Sky News

The head physician of an American university football team has been called in to treat an injured gorilla after she got into a scuffle with her den-mate. Jumoke, a 32-year-old female gorilla who was born and raised at Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle,[...]

CIA cans K9 trainee that flunks smell test

Friday  07:56,   20 october 2017
AFP

A dog named Lulu has flunked out of a CIA bomb-sniffing course, with the spy agency saying that despite a series of perks it just wasn't her line of work."A few weeks into training, Lulu began to show signs that she wasn't interested in[...]