Oddities

In this Friday, April 19, 2019, photo Katrina Spade, the founder and CEO of Recompose, displays a sample of the compost material left from the decomposition of a cow, using a combination of wood chips, alfalfa and straw, as she poses in a cemetery in Seattle. Washington is set to become the first state to allow the burial alternative known as "natural organic reduction," that turns a body into soil in a matter of weeks. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
April 22, 2019 - 3:27 pm
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington appears set to become the first state to allow a burial alternative known as "natural organic reduction" — an accelerated decomposition process that turns bodies into soil within weeks. The bill legalizing the process, sometimes referred to as "human composting,"...
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FILE - In this March 23, 2012, file photo, Ned S. Gilmore, collections manager of vertebrate zoology, shows a hellbender salamander in the collection at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia. Pennsylvania is getting an official amphibian, a nocturnal salamander that can grow to be more than two feet long. The House voted 191-6 on Tuesday, April 16, 2019, to grant the honor to the Eastern hellbender, and Gov. Tom Wolf's office said he plans to sign it. AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
April 16, 2019 - 5:18 pm
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania is getting an official amphibian, a nocturnal, unsightly salamander that's sometimes known as a snot otter, lasagna lizard or mud devil. The House voted 191-6 Tuesday to grant the honor to the Eastern hellbender, which can grow to be more than 2 feet (a half...
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In this Friday, April 12, 2019, photo, a dog is taken care by an oil rig crew after being rescued in the Gulf of Thailand. The dog found swimming more than 220 kilometers (135 miles) from shore by an oil rig crew in the Gulf of Thailand was returned safely to land. Vitisak Payalaw, stationed on the rig belonging to Chevron Thailand Exploration and Production, said on his Facebook page the dog was glimpsed Friday swimming towards the platform, where it got a grip on a pole at sea level. (Vitisak Payalaw via AP)
April 16, 2019 - 7:00 am
BANGKOK (AP) — A dog found swimming more than 220 kilometers (135 miles) from shore by workers on an oil rig crew in the Gulf of Thailand has been returned safely to land. A worker on the rig belonging to Chevron Thailand Exploration and Production, Vitisak Payalaw, said on his Facebook page that...
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April 15, 2019 - 8:33 am
HARTSDALE, N.Y. (AP) — A 100-year-old yoga instructor has no plans to stop practicing and teaching. Tao Porchon-Lynch (TAH'-oh) first encountered the ancient practice of yoga at age 7 on a beach in India, where she was born. She recalls being transfixed by a group of boys doing yoga poses. When her...
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In this provided by Mikayla Feehan and taken on April 3, 2019, a pet chicken named Granite Heart tests out a custom wheelchair made by Walkin’ Pets in Amherst, N.H. On a recent SNL episode, the television show's "Weekend Update" co-host said she should "just eat the chicken." Ten-year-old Alora Wood of Underhill, Vermont, tells NECN-TV that she knows the segment was meant to be a joke, but says what if it was a dog. The chicken was born with a deformed foot. (Mikayla Feehan/Via AP)
April 12, 2019 - 2:41 pm
UNDERHILL, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont girl isn't happy that her disabled pet chicken was joked about on "Saturday Night Live." The chicken, named Granite Heart, is learning to walk with a custom wheelchair. On a recent 'SNL' episode, the television show's "Weekend Update" co-host said she should "just...
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This undated photo provided by the Bentley family shows Rose Marie Bentley, before the end of her life. Bentley lived with all her internal organs, except for her heart, on the wrong side. Cameron Walker's medical students in his Oregon Health & Science University were examining the heart of Bentley's body, when they noticed the blood vessels were different. When they opened the abdominal cavity, they discovered all the other organs were on the wrong side. (Courtesy Bentley Family via AP)
April 09, 2019 - 9:45 pm
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Rose Marie Bentley was an avid swimmer, raised five kids, helped her husband run a feed store, and lived to the ripe age of 99. It was only after she died that medical students discovered that all her internal organs — except for her heart — were in the wrong place. The discovery...
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This Monday, April 1, 2019 photo, shows an aerial view of the Flintstone House in Hillsborough, Calif. The San Francisco Bay Area suburb of Hillsborough is suing the owner of the house, saying that she installed dangerous steps, dinosaurs and other Flintstone-era figurines without necessary permits. The owner and her attorney say they will fight for the rights of property owners and Fred and Barney fans everywhere. (AP Photo/Terry Chea)
April 04, 2019 - 1:08 am
HILLSBOROUGH, Calif. (AP) — Towering dinosaurs stand among fanciful mushrooms in the sloping backyard. A life-sized Fred Flintstone welcomes visitors near the front door. And by the driveway on the lawn is a giant "Yabba Dabba Do" sign in orange, purple and red. The latest battle in the war between...
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April 01, 2019 - 3:19 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco police were searching Monday for a man who wore a red "Make America Great Again" hat and used a sword to slash another man's hand after an argument outside a roller-skating rink. The attacker fled the scene Friday night outside the Church of 8 Wheels, leaving his...
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North Dakota Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread poses for a portrait at the state Capitol in Bismarck, N.D., Thursday, March 28, 2019. Godfread, who claims he is 6-foot-11 3/4 inches, is challenging New York City councilman Robert Cornegy Jr., a 6-foot-10 councilman from Brooklyn's claim of being the tallest male politician in the world. Comegy was certified by Guinness World Records in January. But wait, Brad Sellers, a former Ohio State and Chicago Bulls star listed at 7 feet, also says he has a claim. Sellers is now the mayor of Warrensville Heights, Ohio. (AP Photo/James MacPherson).
March 28, 2019 - 8:56 pm
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — It didn't take long for a New York City councilman's claim that he's the world's tallest male politician to draw some challenges. Robert Cornegy Jr., a 6-foot-10 (208 centimeter) councilman from Brooklyn, was certified by Guinness World Records in January and honored for the...
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The Supreme Court building is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 26, 2019. The Supreme Court is returning to arguments over whether the political task of redistricting can be overly partisan. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
March 26, 2019 - 3:27 pm
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The National Park Service improperly banned an Alaska moose hunter from using a hovercraft on a river through a national preserve, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in a unanimous decision. The court limited the National Park Service's authority to enforce laws and...
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