News: Offbeat

Digital Harry Potter Library Highlights the Magic in Historical Texts

Wednesday  20:51,   28 june 2017
Mental Floss

The collection includes illustrations of basilisks, mandrakes, and bezoars.Anne Garner, the curator of rare books and manuscripts at the academy, is well aware of the similarities. But she didn’t realize just how deep they ran until stumbling upon a [...]

Strangers Buy Car For Man Who Walks Miles To Work Each Day

Wednesday  16:01,   28 june 2017
MSN

Total strangers have made one 20-year-old’s daily commute a heck of a lot easier.A generous group of people in Rockwall, Texas, surprised Justin Korva ― whom many of them had never even met ― with a Toyota Camry on[...]

Darwin's 'strangest animal ever' finds a family

Wednesday  16:01,   28 june 2017
AFP

A new kind of genetic analysis revealed that Macrauchenia was more akin to an ancient placental order known as Perissodactyla that includes horses, rhinos and tapirs. "We had a difficult problem to solve here," said lead author of the new study [...]

"He just popped out": Baby born mid-flight

Wednesday  11:50,   28 june 2017
CBS News

A nurse on board who assisted said "he just popped out, literally, so we just kind of like caught him" MIAMI -- A baby born mid-flight from Fort Lauderdale to Dallas Saturday night is now continuing his journey west with his family, only [...]

For WorldPride, Paris lets Madrid be the 'City of Love'

Wednesday  11:45,   28 june 2017
Relaxnews (AFP)

Madrid has asked Paris to lend it the title of "City of Love" as it hosts WorldPride 2017, one of the biggest celebrations of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights.  And the French capital has said[...]

Single Mom Unwavering in Hunt for Treasure That's Already Cost 2 Men Their Lives

Wednesday  11:40,   28 june 2017
Inside Edition

The 36-year-old realtor devotes much of her free time to finding Forrest Fenn's buried treasure.An estimated 65,000 fortune hunters have participated in the hunt for the chest of gold planted by Forrest Fenn and it has twice turned[...]

Meet the new last word in English: zyzzyva

Wednesday  08:11,   28 june 2017
AFP

Eating a tasty meal with chana dal or doenjang washed down with a gin daisy could well foster a nice feeling of hygge. Just hope you don't find any zyzzyva on your plate. If you need to look up any of those words, the unofficial custodian of the [...]

Bradley Cooper in epic photobomb of fan's Brad Pitt selfie at Glastonbury

Wednesday  07:26,   28 june 2017
International Business Times

Actor gave cheeky grin from behind as fan Chris Simmons snapped pic with Hollywood star.Uploading the snap to Instagram, a shocked yet clearly delighted Mr Simmons wrote alongside it: "When you get your photo with Brad Pitt photobombed by Bradley[...]

Rescued Pit Bull Elected Town Mayor After Beating Out Chicken and a Donkey

Tuesday  19:23,   27 june 2017
Inside Edition

Mayor Brynn is the forth canine mayor Rabbit Hash, Ky., has elected in a town fundraiser. This Kentucky town has gone to the dogs.Meet Brynneth Pawltrow, a rescue pit bull that is making strides in Rabbit Hash as their latest town mayor.The pup,[...]

Meet the 5 Friends Who Have Been Recreating the Same Vacation Photo Since 1982

Tuesday  19:23,   27 june 2017
Inside Edition

The five pals have been vacationing at the same California campsite since graduating from high school. A group of five friends have been going on vacation together and posing for the same photo every five years since 1982.They started the[...]

The baby lion practicing his very first roar is a-roar-able

Tuesday  14:36,   27 june 2017
The Daily Dot

Honestly, this is not just a story about a lion learning to roar. Because as I was working on this, I came across an even better big cat making noises video. Here’s a baby lion, learning to roar. It’s incredibly[...]

Stray wallaby has small Dutch town hopping

Tuesday  14:36,   27 june 2017
AFP

Dutch police are looking for the owner of a stray wallaby which made an unexpected appearance in a small town over the weekend, disrupting rail traffic before finally being lassoed by a local. Trains near Staphorst in the northern Netherlands were[...]

Dinosaur discovery in Winton could hold key to sauropods diet

Tuesday  11:36,   27 june 2017
ABC News

Palaeontologists hope the rare discovery of a dinosaur fossil with its stomach contents intact on an outback Queensland sheep station could determine what sauropods ate.The most complete sauropod skeleton ever found in the southern hemisphere is[...]

Japanese chess prodigy, 14, breaks 30-year winning streak record

Tuesday  11:20,   27 june 2017
Reuters

A 14-year-old Japanese player of the traditional chess-like board game of shogi has captured the nation's heart by winning a record straight 29 matches, breaking a record held for 30 years. Sota Fujii, who trains himself with computer software[...]

Woman Announces Pregnancy in a Hilarious Cake: 'Happy Birthday Ya Stupid Lookin' Grandma'

Tuesday  11:00,   27 june 2017
Inside Edition

Soon-to-be mom Hillary Hinrichs explained the cake's crude message was part of a running joke in the family. This soon-to-be grandmother got the surprise of her life when her rude birthday treat actually contained news of her daughter’s[...]