News: Offbeat

Cyclist who gave Trump the finger is showered with money

Wednesday  07:06,   15 november 2017
AFP

More than $70,000 in donations have poured into a crowdfunding site set up for the cyclist who was fired from her job for making a rude gesture to President Donald Trump's motorcade.More than 3,000 donations -- from $5 to $250 -- have rolled in[...]

French woman 'faked kidnapping' to be with lover

Tuesday  15:37,   14 november 2017
AFP

A French court on Thursday handed a six-month suspended jail term to a woman who claimed to have been kidnapped -- sparking a massive search -- in order to be with her lover. The court in the southern town of Mende also ordered 25-year-old Sandy[...]

Secrets of 1,000-Year-Old Shadow Zone Revealed

Tuesday  13:51,   14 november 2017
Newsweek

Scientists have finally figured out why a patch of water in the Pacific Ocean has remained stagnant for the past 1,000 years.Water moves a lot, and pretty fast actually, with some currents moving around 5.6 miles per hour, but the "shadow zone" in[...]

Van Gogh's Insane Asylum View Sells for $81.3 Million at Auction

Tuesday  11:05,   14 november 2017
Bloomberg

A canvas by Vincent van Gogh fetched $81.3 million in an auction at Christie’s Monday. Van Gogh’s 1889 landscape, “Laboureur dans un champ”The 1889 painting, “Laboureur dans un champ,” was sold by the estate of billionaire couple Nancy Lee Bass and[...]

World's earliest evidence of wine-making found in Georgia

Tuesday  08:05,   14 november 2017
AFP

The world's earliest evidence of grape wine-making has been detected in 8,000-year-old pottery jars unearthed in Georgia, making the tradition almost 1,000 years older than previously thought, researchers said Monday. Before, the oldest chemical [...]

Parents of Twins Shocked to Find Out They're Having Triplets

Tuesday  08:05,   14 november 2017
Inside Edition

They also have a 6-year-old son.Nia Tolbert and her husband, Robert, already have three sons, a 6-year-old and 2-year-old twins, so they were flabbergasted when they found out Tolbert was having multiples[...]

Stray cat is prime suspect in attempted murder

Monday  17:57,   13 november 2017
Sky News

A stray cat has been identified as the prime suspect in the attempted murder of an elderly woman found bleeding profusely in her home. Mayuko Matsumoto, 82, was found by her daughter with about 20 cuts to her face at her home in Mifune, southern[...]

What Is The Coffee-Pouring Puzzle?

Monday  17:56,   13 november 2017
Newsweek

The answer is much more simple than you may realize.Twitter user @Purp originally shared a coffee-lover's brainteaser on Thursday afternoon and it quickly got nearly 2,000 comments and another 2,000[...]

Adorable Dog With Rare Condition Sits in High Chair to Eat Her Meals

Monday  13:01,   13 november 2017
Inside Edition

She was diagnosed at 9 weeks old.Tink, a Silver Labrador Retriever, suffers from Congential Idiopathic Megaesophagus, a condition in which the neurological connection between the brain and the muscles of the esophagus are not developed or a[...]

White truffles fetch 75,000 euros at Italian auction

Monday  13:01,   13 november 2017
Relaxnews (AFP)

A lot of around 850 grammes (1.9 pounds) of white truffles was sold for 75,000 euros ($87,500) in a top Italian auction on Sunday.  The buyer from Hong Kong placed their winning bid via satellite at the World Alba White Truffles[...]

Camera Captures Being Swallowed By Molten Lava

Monday  10:40,   13 november 2017
International Business Times

A GoPro captured the entire thing on video and lived to tell the tale.Storm put the camera inside the crevice to record video of the lava flow but forgot about it, he told PetaPixel. The GoPro was swallowed by the lava, but Storm was able to hammer[...]

Move Over, Golden Toilet: Now There’s a $100K Louis Vuitton Potty

Monday  08:21,   13 november 2017
Mental Floss

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Hippo Escapes Zoo and Savors Freedom for 2 Minutes Before Returning on Its Own

Sunday  17:51,   12 november 2017
Inside Edition

After a couple minutes, she went back home.A hippo at the Ramat Gan Safari in central Israel escaped the zoo last Wednesday night by slowly strolling out of an open gate and wandering around an area outside the[...]

Ancient Egyptians Knew Secret of Future Ink Technology

Sunday  16:51,   12 november 2017
Newsweek

Prior to the recent studies, writing ink was thought to be primarily carbon-based until the fourth and fifth centuries A.D. However, experts at the University of Copenhagen examining ancient texts with X-rays have found that two millennia ago the[...]

Dinosaur-Era Shark Found In Portugal

Sunday  16:51,   12 november 2017
Newsweek

The ancient frilled shark once lived alongside the T-Rex, and has remained evolutionarily unchanged for 80 million years. This summer, researchers found one alive and thriving off the coast of Portugal, adding evidence regarding the resilience of[...]