Oddities

November 13, 2019 - 1:34 pm
SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — Anger over devastating California wildfires sparked by Pacific Gas & Electric power lines is coming to a head — in a beer. And an outcry is brewing. Steve Doty, owner of Shady Oak brewery in Santa Rosa, announced a new beer called “F--- PG&E,” describing it on...
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FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2013, file photo, a person checks their smartphone in Glenview, Ill. A mysterious wave of texts swept America’s phones overnight Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, delivering unintelligible messages that left many people mildly confused when they woke up on Thursday. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)
November 08, 2019 - 4:14 pm
If you woke up to a weird text that seemed totally out of place, you aren't alone. A mysterious wave of missives swept America's phones overnight, delivering confusing messages from friends, family and the occasional ex. Friends who hadn't talked to each other in months were jolted into chatting...
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FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2013, file photo, a person checks their smartphone in Glenview, Ill. A mysterious wave of texts swept America’s phones overnight Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, delivering unintelligible messages that left many people mildly confused when they woke up on Thursday. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)
November 07, 2019 - 8:39 pm
If you woke up Thursday to a weird text that seemed totally out of place, you aren't alone. A mysterious wave of missives swept America's phones overnight, delivering largely unintelligible messages from friends, family and the occasional ex. Friends who hadn't talked to each other in months were...
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FILE - In this Nov.14, 2013, file photo, one of two "dueling dinosaurs" fossils is displayed in New York. In an ongoing court case over the ownership of the fossils, the Montana Supreme Court heard arguments in Helena, Mont., Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019, over whether fossils are part of a property's surface estate or mineral estate in the case of split ownership. (AP Photo/Seth Weinig, File)
November 07, 2019 - 4:06 pm
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The discovery of two fossilized dinosaur skeletons intertwined in what looks like a final death match could make a Montana ranching couple rich beyond their dreams. Or they may have to share the wealth. It all comes down to how the state Supreme Court answers a seemingly simple...
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This photo provided by Michael Flaum shows some of the Benjamin Creme artwork that Los Angeles Police detectives have recovered in Los Angeles Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019. The LAPD recovered $800,000 worth of prints by Scottish abstract expressionist Benjamin Creme after a caller told them they were in the person's home in the Los Angeles suburb of San Fernando. Police believe the 1,200 signed prints were there for several years but the caller who had them had only recently checked a law-enforcement database and discovered they were stolen. (Michael Flaum via AP)
November 05, 2019 - 7:56 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — This time, detectives didn't have to track down the stolen art. Someone brought it to them. Los Angeles police said Tuesday they recovered $800,000 worth of prints by Scottish abstract expressionist Benjamin Creme after a caller said they were in a home in the Los Angeles suburb...
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In this Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019 photo, Catherine Newton, left, buys three boxes of Krispy Kreme doughnuts from Jayson Gonzalez in Little Canada, Minn. Gonzalez, a Minnesota college student, says Krispy Kreme has told him to stop making doughnut runs to Iowa. Gonzalez told the Pioneer Press he was told his sales created a liability for the North Carolina-based company. (Deanna Weniger/Pioneer Press via AP)
November 03, 2019 - 10:02 pm
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota college student says Krispy Kreme has told him to stop making doughnut runs to Iowa. Twenty-one-year-old Jayson Gonzalez of Champlin, Minnesota, would make weekend runs to a Krispy Kreme store in Clive, Iowa, and pack his car with boxes of doughnuts that he would...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019 file photo, art expert Stephane Pinta points to a 13th-century painting by Italian master Cimabue in Paris, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019. A masterpiece attributed to the 13th-century Italian painter Cimabue that was discovered in an elderly French woman's kitchen is expected to sell for millions at auction. Stephane Pinta, a painting specialist with the Turquin gallery in Paris, said an auctioneer spotted the painting while inspecting the woman's house in Compiegne in northern France and suggested she bring it to experts for an evaluation. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File )
October 27, 2019 - 12:33 pm
PARIS (AP) — An old painting found in the kitchen of an elderly French woman, who considered it an icon of little importance, has made her a multimillionaire. The work, a masterpiece attributed to the 13th-century Italian painter Cimabue that was discovered earlier this year, sold for 24 million...
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This 1979 image released by the Davidson County (Tenn.) Sheriff's Office via the Johnny Cash Museum, shows Cash's Deputy Sheriff ID card. This week at the Johnny Cash Museum in Nashville, Tenn., Nashville Sheriff Daron Hall unveiled a blown-up image of the late musician's September 1979 deputy sheriff commission card. The card authorized Cash to "execute any and all processes that may come into his hands and to maintain the peace and dignity of the State, and arrest any and all persons violating the Criminal laws of the State of Tennessee." (Davidson County Sheriff's Office/the Johnny Cash Museum via AP)
October 24, 2019 - 12:59 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A sheriff has presented the Johnny Cash Museum proof that the late musician who famously cultivated an image as an outlaw was in fact granted law enforcement authority decades ago. This week, Nashville Sheriff Daron Hall gave the museum a blown-up image of Cash's September...
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Marathon runner Eliud Kipchoge from Kenya celebrates under the clock after crossing the finish line of the INEOS 1:59 Challenge after 1:59:40 in Vienna, Austria, Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019. He is the first human ever to run a marathon under two hours. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)
October 12, 2019 - 4:29 pm
VIENNA (AP) — Roger Bannister, 1954. Eliud Kipchoge, 2019? Like the sub-four minute mile, running a marathon in less than two hours had seemed impossible — until Saturday. But this time there's an asterisk: Olympic champion Kipchoge performed his feat under conditions so tightly controlled to...
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This Dec. 13, 2018 photo provided by Juliane Pokini shows the first weigh in at Kula Country Farms showing employee Meridyth Sealey, left, with Lo'ihi Pokini and his father Mark Pokini in their kitchen at Kula Country Farms in Kula, Hawaii. The Pokini family from the island of Maui received the Guinness certificate this week for the avocado weighing 5.6 pounds (2.54 kilograms), The Maui News reported Thursday, Oct. 11, 2019. (Juliane Pokini via AP)
October 11, 2019 - 4:16 pm
WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — A Hawaii family has won a place with the Guinness World Records for the world's heaviest avocado. The Pokini family from the island of Maui received the Guinness certificate this week for the avocado weighing 5.6 pounds (2.54 kilograms), The Maui News reported Thursday. The...
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