News: Offbeat

Huge Underwater Castle With Ancient ‘Fairy Chimneys’ Discovered at the Bottom of Turkey’s Lake Van

Saturday  07:21,   18 november 2017
Newsweek

The castle likely dates from the reign of the ancient Urartu Kingdom.Tahsin Ceylan, an underwater photographer and videographer, Mustafa Akkuş, an academic from Van Yüzüncü Yıl University’s fishery faculty, Murat Kulakaç, a diving instructor and[...]

Macron is popular - at least when he's imprisoned in a snow globe

Saturday  07:21,   18 november 2017
Reuters

His ratings may be down, but snow globes containing pictures of French President Emmanuel Macron are flying off the shelves in Paris - bought both by fans and by those who want to give a tongue-in-cheek present. While it is common in Britain to find [...]

Mom Finds 7-Foot-Long Boa Constrictor in Her Washing Machine

Friday  17:22,   17 november 2017
Inside Edition

A neighbor's friend, who determined the snake was harmless to humans, came and pulled the reptile out himself.Shirley Oliveira, a 46-year-old mother of two from Salvador, Brazil, said she came running when her 18-year-old daughter Amanda asked[...]

N.C. woman wins lottery twice in one day

Friday  17:22,   17 november 2017
USA TODAY

A North Carolina woman won the lottery twice on Sunday, netting $10,000, then $1 million. Michelle Shuffler said she and her husband don't normally play the lottery, but on Sunday, he had a few bucks in his pocket, so they decided to give[...]

I went to Brazil for a bath, says McLaren reserve Norris

Friday  14:22,   17 november 2017
Reuters

A cancelled Formula One tyre test meant McLaren reserve Lando Norris effectively flew all the way from Britain to Brazil this week just to take a bath. The 18-year-old, racing in this weekend's Macau F3 race, told reporters he was soaking in the[...]

Mom's unique punishment for 13-year-old son goes viral

Friday  14:21,   17 november 2017
CBS News

<p>When Demetris Payne saw a missed call from her son's junior high school, she knew something was wrong.</p>With a sigh, the single mom of four from Shreveport, Louisiana, called back. A school official said her 13-year-old son Jadarien[...]

Once-Abandoned Otter Celebrates Her 5th Birthday at Aquarium

Thursday  19:10,   16 november 2017
Inside Edition

Chloe had her favorite treats on her special day.The otter turned 5 in style with a large group of visitors during a birthday celebration Sunday at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long[...]

Rail apology after train leaves 20 seconds early

Thursday  19:09,   16 november 2017
Sky News

A Japanese rail firm has apologised after an intercity service left a station 20 seconds earlier than scheduled. The Tsukuba Express train was due to leave Minami Nagareyama Station, just north of Tokyo, for Tsukuba at 9.44.40am local time on[...]

Flight Attendant’s Hilarious Safety Check Goes Viral

Thursday  14:57,   16 november 2017
International Business Times

The Southwest flight attendant put his own spin on those routine safety guidelines.In video Kintner posted to Facebook Friday, the flight attendant could be seen putting his own spin on safety guidelines while another flight attendant read the[...]

Stubborn Swan Ruffles Feathers While Causing Traffic Jam

Thursday  14:57,   16 november 2017
Inside Edition

The swan held up traffic down a one lane road in England for about 15 minutes.A video shows the bird walking directly in the middle of a street that passes by De Montfort[...]

Da Vinci painting of Christ sells for record $450mn

Thursday  11:51,   16 november 2017
AFP

A 500-year-old painting believed to be by Leonardo da Vinci sold for $450.3 million in New York on Wednesday, blazing a new world record for the most expensive work of art sold at auction, Christie's said."Salvator Mundi" or "Savior of the[...]

Rare 2000-Year-Old Sundial Sheds New Light on Ancient Roman Politics

Thursday  06:52,   16 november 2017
Mental Floss

Instead of tweeting, ancient Romans bragged in more permanent ways.Paid for with the politician’s own money, the timekeeping device served as a public monument in his hometown, the small Italian municipality of Interamna Lirenas. But as millennia[...]

Three elephants in Connecticut just got a lawyer

Thursday  06:52,   16 november 2017
The Washington Post

The Nonhuman Rights Project, which has argued that chimpanzees are “legal persons,” is now making the same case in a lawsuit over three elephants.And on Monday, they got a lawyer, though they did not ask for one. The prominent animal rights attorney [...]

Necklace with largest flawless white diamond sold for record $34 million at auction

Wednesday  14:37,   15 november 2017
Reuters

An emerald and diamond necklace set with the largest flawless white diamond ever to come to auction has sold for a world record 33.5 million Swiss francs (£25.82 million), the star lot at a Geneva sale, Christie's said.The necklace, known as the [...]

Secret Passageway Discovered Underneath Mayan Snake God Temple

Wednesday  11:52,   15 november 2017
International Business Times

Archeologists hope the secret temple will help them learn more about the Mayan Snake God.Researchers with the Great Mayan Aquifer Project discovered the Chichen Itza passageway and explored it through electrical tomography hoping to discover[...]