News: Offbeat

Witch doctor spells injury hope for Tuilagi

Thursday  10:53,   09 november 2017
AFP

England centre Manu Tuilagi revealed Wednesday that he had consulted a witch doctor in his native Samoa in a desperate attempt to cure the long-standing injury problems which have plagued his career. The 26-year-old Leicester battering ram said his[...]

Filipino artist makes Trump action figure from flip flops

Thursday  07:20,   09 november 2017
Reuters

A Filipino artist who won fame for his flip-flop sandal carving of a superhero this year has turned his talents to creating an action figure of U.S. President Donald Trump. The American leader is due to arrive in Manila on Sunday to attend a[...]

Move over Mickey: In Germany, Donald Duck reigns

Wednesday  17:37,   08 november 2017
AFP

Mickey Mouse may be Disney's top star in most parts of the world, but in Germany Donald Duck is king. More than 50 years after the cartoon featuring the hot-tempered duck arrived in the land of Goethe, it remains one of the bestselling comic[...]

2,300 Years Old Gymnasium Discovered In Egypt

Wednesday  17:36,   08 november 2017
International Business Times

Archaeologists in Egypt unearthed an ancient gymnasium that dates back to the third century B.C. at Watfa in Fayoum province.The ancient gymnasium dates back about 2,300 years, according to a Facebook post by Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities. The gym [...]

Sheep That Recognise Celebrity Images Are Helping Scientists Study How the Brain Works

Wednesday  15:06,   08 november 2017
Newsweek

More animal cognition research shows that they can recognise Barack Obama and Emma Watson. For more than a decade, we have known that sheep can recognise sheep faces. As a highly social species, that’s hardly surprising. But would they recognise[...]

Service Dog Dropout Now Finds His Niche as an Emotional Support Dog

Wednesday  07:07,   08 november 2017
Inside Edition

He works in a district attorney's office now.Jake, a Labrador mix, has now found his place in Tennessee at the Anderson County District Attorney General’s Office as an emotional support[...]

Angry woman gets flight diverted over 'cheating' husband

Wednesday  07:07,   08 november 2017
AFP

An enraged woman forced an airliner to make an emergency landing after she discovered mid-flight that her husband was apparently cheating on her. The woman, an Iranian national, was travelling from Doha to Bali with her husband and child on a Qatar[...]

Man With World's Longest Mustache Says He Has Been Growing It Since 1970

Tuesday  17:38,   07 november 2017
Inside Edition

Ram Singh's mustache now measures 18 and a half feet long.Singh, 62, of Jaipur, India, sports facial hair that measures up to 18 and a half feet[...]

Soy sauce older than US on Trump's South Korea menu

Tuesday  17:37,   07 november 2017
AFP

A special sauce more than a century older than the United States will be on the menu for Donald Trump at his state banquet in Seoul on Tuesday -- along with a diplomatically tricky prawn. The dinner, at the Blue House compound next to a former royal [...]

Trump dump delights peckish Japanese fish, outrages Twitter

Tuesday  13:22,   07 november 2017
AFP

US President Donald Trump sparked a feeding frenzy on social media Monday when he was photographed dumping a box of fish food into a pond of koi carp during his trip to Japan. Trump and his host Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe began by delicately [...]

Woman charged with driving a horse while drunk

Tuesday  13:22,   07 november 2017
Sky News

A woman was pulled over by police in the Tampa Bay Area of Florida after riding her horse down a main road while drunk. Donna Byrne, 53, was arrested and charged after a member of the public called the police to report a woman on horseback who[...]

The 5 Weirdest Foods You'll Start Eating in 2018

Tuesday  06:51,   07 november 2017
Time

You may find yourself sipping some surprising beverages in 2018, if Whole Foods’ predictions for the hottest food trends next year come true. As more people gravitate toward plant-based diets, the tech industry is diving into ways to bring[...]

First luxury Perigord truffle is cultivated in Britain

Monday  20:20,   06 november 2017
AFP

A black Perigord truffle has been cultivated in Britain for the first time, and the scientists who announced the breakthrough on Monday said climate change could make it a new British crop. The 16-gramme (0.6-ounce) specimen was cultivated in Wales[...]

Extreme dining in Shanghai: French chef's twist on haute cuisine

Monday  20:20,   06 november 2017
AFP

A van spirits ten guests to a secret location in Shanghai, where they enter a non-descript industrial building as Strauss's theme from "2001: A Space Odyssey" fills the air.A van spirits ten guests to a secret location in Shanghai,[...]

Scientists Unearth a Giraffe Ancestor That Had Four Horns Instead of Two

Monday  10:08,   06 november 2017
Mental Floss

The discovery sheds new light on the history of the Giraffidae family. All images courtesy of María Ríos et al. in PLOS One. require(["inlineoutstreamAd",[...]