Oddities

File-This Sept. 16, 2013. file photo shows the Phillies Phanatic dancing with a fan on the dugout during the eighth inning of a baseball game in Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Phillies have sued the New York company that created the Phanatic mascot to prevent the green fuzzy fan favorite from becoming a free agent. In a complaint filed Friday, Aug. 2, 2019, in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, the team alleged Harrison/Erickson threatened to terminate the Phillies' rights to the Phanatic next year and “make the Phanatic a free agent” unless the team renegotiated its 1984 agreement to acquire the mascot’s rights. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola, File)
August 03, 2019 - 2:02 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The Philadelphia Phillies have sued the New York company that created the Phanatic mascot to prevent the green furry fan favorite from becoming a free agent. In a complaint filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, the team alleged Harrison/Erickson threatened to terminate...
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August 03, 2019 - 8:35 am
BERLIN (AP) — Police in Germany say a truck carrying crates of beer lost part of its load, spilling about 10,000 bottles onto a road in the southwest of the country. Mannheim police said Saturday that volunteer firefighters from two nearby towns and a local civil defense team took part in the...
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In this June 15, 2019 photo provided by Heritage Auctions, Scott Amos, along with his wife, Kristy, and daughters Grace, left, and Katie, pose in Reno, Nev., with an unopened copy of a 1987 cult-classic video game "Kid Icarus." The boxed game cartridge, still in the bag with the receipt for $38.45 from J.C. Penney's catalog department three decades earlier, is expected to sell for up to $10,000 at an online auction with Heritage Auctions. (Heritage Auctions via AP)
July 31, 2019 - 3:10 pm
RENO, Nev. (AP) — An unopened copy of a 1987 cult-classic video game that a Nevada man found in the attic of his childhood home is expected to sell for up to $10,000 at an online auction. The boxed game cartridge of Nintendo's "Kid Icarus" was still in the bag with the receipt for $38.45 from J.C...
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FILE - In this Wednesday July 24, 2019 file photo Franky Zapata, prepares to start a training flight over the Saint Inglevert airport near Calais, Northern France. French inventor, Zapata, will try again to traverse the English Channel on a flying board after his first attempt last week failed halfway. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler, File)
July 31, 2019 - 7:21 am
PARIS (AP) — A French inventor will try again to traverse the English Channel on a flying board after his first attempt failed halfway. Franky Zapata's wife, Christele, said Wednesday that he will retry the 36-kilometer (22.4-mile) journey Sunday from the French town of Sangatte to the area near...
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CORRECTS TO BEING CLAIMED OFF WAIVERS FROM THE PATRIOTS, NOT AS AN UNDRAFTED FREE AGENT FROM THE UNIV. OF TEXAS - In this image taken from video, New York Jets rookie offensive lineman Calvin Anderson works on a Rubik's Cube behind his back at the NFL football team's practice facility in Florham Park, N.J., Sunday, July 28, 2019. The puzzle cubes are a bit of an obsession for Anderson, who was claimed off waivers from the Patriots after New England signed him as an undrafted free agent. (AP Photo/Dennis Waszak)
July 30, 2019 - 12:02 pm
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Calvin Anderson was in middle school the first time he watched in amazement as a football teammate deftly solved a Rubik's Cube. Always the competitive type, he needed to know how to do it, too. "I loved how it was a combination of hand-eye coordination," he said, "and...
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This Thursday, July 25, 2019, photo shows grasshoppers on a sidewalk outside the Las Vegas Sun offices in Henderson, Nev. A migration of mild-mannered grasshoppers sweeping through the Las Vegas area is being attributed to wet weather several months ago. (Steve Marcus/Las Vegas Sun via AP)
July 26, 2019 - 4:13 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A migration of mild-mannered grasshoppers sweeping through the Las Vegas area is being attributed to wet weather several months ago. Nevada state entomologist Jeff Knight told reporters on Thursday the number of adult pallid-winged grasshoppers traveling north to central Nevada is...
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This July 17, 2019 photo provided by Charlton McDaniel of Fort Smith, Ark., shows a copperhead snake eating a cicada in Arkansa's Ozark National Forest. McDaniel of said Thursday, July 25, 2019, that he was "fascinated and captivated" to see a copperhead eat a newly emerged cicada at dusk on July 17. McDaniel says he went to the forest for moonlight kayaking and noticed the molting cicada. McDaniel scared off a nearby snake, but the reptile returned to gobble the insect. (Charlton McDaniel via AP)
July 26, 2019 - 11:45 am
OZARK, Ark. (AP) — An amateur photographer has snapped some startling gone-in-a-gulp images of a venomous snake devouring an unlucky bug at Ozark National Forest in Arkansas. Charlton McDaniel of Fort Smith says he was "fascinated and captivated" to see a copperhead eat a newly emerged cicada at...
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July 26, 2019 - 6:29 am
APOPKA, Fla. (AP) — The case against a Florida man accused of harboring ducks and wild chickens has been dropped after he persuaded authorities that the birds are truly free-range. The Orlando Sentinel reports 59-year-old Felix Guerra won't have to pay a fine of $1,000 a day to Orange County for...
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In this Saturday, July 20, 2019, photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, Joe Maxey, second from left, celebrates his victory at the Hemingway Look-Alike Contest at Sloppy Joe's Bar in Key West, Fla. Competing for the eighth time, Maxey beat 141 other contestants to claim top honors. The competition highlighted activities during the yearly Hemingway Days festival that honors author Ernest Hemingway, who lived in Key West during the 1930s. (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau via AP)
July 21, 2019 - 12:02 pm
KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — Persistence paid off for a retired Tennessee banker who won the weekend's Hemingway Look-Alike Contest on his eighth try. Joe Maxey, 68, of Cedar Hill, triumphed during the three-round contest that concluded Saturday night at Key West's Sloppy Joe's Bar, a frequent hangout for...
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Berkeley councilman Rigel Robinson poses for photos inside the Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center building in Berkeley, Calif., Thursday, July 18, 2019. Soon students in Berkeley, California will have to pledge to "collegiate Greek system residences" instead of sororities or fraternities and city workers will have to refer to manholes as "maintenance holes." Officials in the liberal city this week passed an ordinance to replace some terms with gender-neutral words in the city code. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
July 19, 2019 - 12:27 pm
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — There will be no manholes in Berkeley, California. City workers will drop into "maintenance holes" instead. Nothing will be manmade in the liberal city but "human-made." And students at the University of California, Berkeley, will join "collegiate Greek system residences"...
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