Oddities

In this July 15, 2019, image made off from a video, a man holds penguin near a sushi shop in Wellington, New Zealand. A pair of "vagrant" blue penguins have been forcibly removed after waddling into a New Zealand sushi shop and refusing to leave. (TVNZ via AP)
July 17, 2019 - 5:14 am
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Two little blue penguins just couldn't stay away from a New Zealand sushi store, returning to nest there even after police had captured them and escorted them back to the ocean. Wellington police described them as "waddling vagrants," while the store's co-owner joked...
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Florida alligator expert Frank Robb holds an alligator during a news conference, Tuesday, July 16, 2019, in Chicago. Robb captured the elusive alligator in a public lagoon at Humboldt Park early Tuesday. (AP Photo/Amr Alfiky)
July 16, 2019 - 2:59 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — The alligator had a good run as day after day the people hunting for him in a Chicago lagoon came up empty, but in the end he was no match for an expert the city shipped in from Florida. The male gator, nicknamed 'Chance the Snapper,' was first spotted in the Humboldt Park lagoon...
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In this undated handout photo provided by Guinness World Records on Tuesday, July 16, 2019, Gwyn Headley and Sarah Badhan, stand on Ffordd Pen Llech with a certificate from Guinness World Records, confirming that the road is the steepest street in the world, in the seaside town of Harlech, North Wales. A street in Wales has been designated the steepest in the world after a successful campaign by local residents. The title comes at the expense of a street in New Zealand which has been eclipsed in the steepness sweepstakes. The Welsh campaign was led by businessman and architectural historian Gwyn Headley. (Andrew Davies/Guinness World Records via AP)
July 16, 2019 - 7:43 am
LONDON (AP) — A street in Wales has been designated the steepest in the world after a successful campaign by residents. The title comes at the expense of a street in New Zealand, which has apparently been eclipsed in the steepness sweepstakes. Guinness World Records said Tuesday that the street of...
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The competitors of the first Heavy Metal Knitting world championship react on stage, Thursday, July 11, 2019 in Joensuu, Finland. With stage names such as 'Woolfumes,' 'Bunny Bandit' and '9" Needles,' the goal was quite simple: to showcase their knitting skills whilst dancing to heavy metal music in the most outlandish way possible. (AP Photo/David Keyton)
July 12, 2019 - 8:10 am
JOENSUU, Finland (AP) — Armed with needles and a yarn of wool, teams of avid knitters danced Thursday to the deafening sounds of drums beating and guitars slashing at the first-ever Heavy Metal Knitting World Championship in eastern Finland. With stage names such as Woolfumes, Bunny Bandit and 9"...
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July 09, 2019 - 7:31 am
MILAN (AP) — A swimmer struggling in the sea off Sardinia soon discovered it was his lucky day. Italian news agency ANSA says the male tourist got in trouble Sunday afternoon after his inflatable swan was carried away by the wind. According to a witness, the swimmer's friends alerted a life guard...
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Joey Chestnut stuffs his mouth with hot dogs during the men's competition of Nathan's Famous July Fourth hot dog eating contest, Thursday, July 4, 2019, in New York's Coney Island. (AP Photo/Sarah Stier)
July 04, 2019 - 4:52 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Joey "Jaws" Chestnut ate 71 wieners and buns to secure his 12th title at Nathan's Famous annual July Fourth hot dog eating contest on Thursday, just a few hot dogs shy of breaking the record he set last year. In front of a crowd of fans and facing 17 opponents, the California native...
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Miki Sudo, right, reacts after eating 31 hot dogs to win the women's competition of Nathan's Famous July Fourth hot dog eating contest, Thursday, July 4, 2019, in New York's Coney Island. (AP Photo/Sarah Stier)
July 04, 2019 - 1:06 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the annual Nathan's Famous July Fourth hot dog eating contest (all times local): 1:05 p.m. Joey "Jaws" Chestnut ate 71 wieners and buns to secure his 12th title at Nathan's Famous annual July Fourth hot dog eating contest. In front of a crowd of fans and facing 17...
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A streaker runs into the field during the Cricket World Cup match between New Zealand and England in Chester-le-Street, England, Wednesday, July 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)
July 03, 2019 - 3:44 pm
CHESTER-LE-STREET, England (AP) — He danced on the wicket. He did cartwheels. He escaped the clutches of not one, not two, not three but four flailing members of security. A streaker wearing nothing but a green hat ran onto the field during a high-stakes match at the Cricket World Cup between host...
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July 02, 2019 - 11:58 am
LONDON (AP) — A 900-year-old Viking chess piece bought for a few dollars in the 1960s has sold at auction for 735,000 pounds ($927,000). The 3 1/2-inch (8.8-centimeter) Lewis Chessman sold to an anonymous bidder at Sotheby's in London on Tuesday. The Lewis Chessmen are intricate, expressive chess...
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HOLD FOR STORY This photo provided by the Limestone County Sheriff's Office posted on Twitter shows Mickey Paulk under arrest Thursday, June 27, 2019. Authorities had been seeking Paulk on multiple felony warrants unrelated to the squirrel named “Deeznutz,” made infamous after police said they were warned about a meth-fueled, trained attack squirrel. (Limestone County Sheriff's Office via AP)
June 28, 2019 - 7:01 am
KILLEN, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama man who denied feeding methamphetamine to a so-called "attack squirrel" he considered a pet has been arrested on new charges. The Limestone County Sheriff's Office tweeted that 35-year-old Mickey Paulk was caught Thursday night following a chase in which he rammed an...
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