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Odd & Unusual

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A man who drove off the road in this week’s snowstorm spent 10 hours trapped in his car after a passing plow and rapidly accumulating snow buried it, finally managing to get a 911 call through and being rescued in the nick of time by a New York state trooper.

By Associated Press December 22, 2020
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A Chihuahua dog named Sweet-Pea who went missing five years ago in Southern California has been found and is back home.

By Associated Press December 22, 2020
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A northern Indiana man whose cash-filled wallet was accidentally thrown out got it back last week after a crew waded through tons of trash and found it, wet and smelly, near the bottom.

By Associated Press December 19, 2020
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America’s preeminent infectious disease expert, Anthony Fauci, and its incoming vice president, Kamala Harris, join the Renaissance master himself, Leonardo da Vinci, atop this year’s list of most mispronounced words.

By Associated Press December 19, 2020
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Police in South Florida descended on what they thought was an armed break-in at a men’s clothing store Tuesday morning after people were spotted storming in with rifles — but officers arrived to find a music video filming, all with the store owners’ knowledge.

By Associated Press December 19, 2020
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A surrealist painting worth more than a quarter million euros (dollars) that was forgotten by a businessman at Duesseldorf’s airport has been recovered from a nearby recycling dumpster, police said.

By Associated Press December 16, 2020
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Crews performing a fish population survey at a lake in South Carolina discovered a 9-pound goldfish.

December 16, 2020
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The goal now is to identify other viruses that may be highly contagious and lethal in humans, and to use that information to devise plans to stop them from ever infecting people — to forestall the next potential global disease outbreak before it gets started.

By Christina Larson, Aniruddha Ghosal And Marcelo Silva De Sousa, Associated Press December 16, 2020
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The first commercially printed Christmas card is up for sale — a merry Victorian-era scene that scandalized some who denounced it as humbug when it first appeared in 1843.

By William J. Kole, Associated Press December 7, 2020
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Days after the discovery and swift disappearance of two shining metal monoliths half a world apart, another towering structure has popped up and then quickly vanished, this time from the pinnacle of a trail in California.

By Associated Press December 7, 2020
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A mysterious object temporarily orbiting Earth is a 54-year-old rocket, not an asteroid after all, astronomers confirmed last week.

By Marcia Dunn, Associated Press December 7, 2020
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U.S. President Warren G. Harding’s remains will stay right where they have lain since 1927 after a judge rejected a request to exhume them.

By Associated Press December 7, 2020
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A 74-year-old man leaped into a Florida pond and wrestled open the jaws of an alligator that lunged from the water to attack his three-month-old puppy.

By Carrie Clauson November 30, 2020
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Rocky, the stowaway owl, is back in the wild.

By Associated Press November 30, 2020
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A customer left a $3,000 tip for a single beer as a restaurant voluntarily closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Associated Press November 27, 2020
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HALLE, Belgium — New Kim is worth her weight in gold and then some — actually much, much more.

By RAF CASERT Associated Press November 26, 2020
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A hulking, never-occupied building sardonically likened to a robot’s head that has loomed over the Russian city of Kaliningrad for decades is to be demolished next year, the region’s governor says.

By Associated Press November 21, 2020
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Cooking chickens in a Yellowstone hot spring landed three people in hot water.

November 16, 2020
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A man who crashed his car into a Montana grocery store and fled the scene was later arrested after running nude through a nearby retirement home, police said.

By Associated Press November 16, 2020
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A Michigan couple whose large family attracted attention by growing to include 14 sons has welcomed their first daughter nearly three decades after the birth of their first child.

By Associated Press November 16, 2020
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Gorillas are highly sociable animals –- up to a point. A crowded mountain can make silverbacks more violent, scientists say.

By Christina Larson, Associated Press November 9, 2020
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The Wisconsin State Patrol had a little advice for a guy who transported a snowmobile by strapping it to the roof of his Toyota Corolla: Bad idea.

November 9, 2020
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A young Ukrainian tourist lost an arm and an Egyptian tour guide a leg in a rare shark attack at the end of October off Egypt’s Red Sea resort of Sharm El-Sheikh, officials said.

By Associated Press November 9, 2020
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A former birdkeeper who stole a pair of penguins from a British zoo and sold them on Facebook was sentenced last Friday to 32 months in prison.

By Associated Press November 9, 2020
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A giant iceberg the size of the U.S. state of Delaware is floating toward the sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia, raising fears it could indirectly endanger young wildlife.

By Associated Press November 9, 2020

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