News: Offbeat

Mercedes smashes into basement of luxury flat

Saturday  13:52,   16 december 2017
Sky News

A Mercedes driver has been arrested after his car crashed through railings and became wedged in the basement of a luxury flat.  The Mercedes-Benz C220 smashed into the apartment block on Lancaster Terrace, central London, shortly after 5.15am[...]

The Animal Kingdom's Stars of 2017: Meet the Year’s Most Beloved Furry Friends

Saturday  13:51,   16 december 2017
Inside Edition

From Zola the gorilla to April the giraffe and Fiona the hippo, 2017 was full of camera-friendly animals.Zola the gorilla made headlines again for his sweet dance[...]

Snow Way! Toddler Learns to Snowboard Ahead of Her First Birthday

Saturday  13:51,   16 december 2017
Inside Edition

The 1-year-old's parents Nick and Whitney Rowley said they love outdoor sports.Cash Rowley and her parents Nick and Whitney Rowley of Boise hit the slopes Saturday – two days before her first[...]

8 Odd Items People Have Used to Decorate Christmas Trees

Saturday  13:51,   16 december 2017
Mental Floss

From ears of corn to live canaries, these old-school trimmings didn't make the jump to modern times. 1. FRUIT© Provided by The Week Publications An apple hangs from a Christmas tree For centuries, fruit—in many forms—was used to decorate[...]

Giant Christmas tree appears over Germany

Saturday  09:36,   16 december 2017
Sky News

A pilot got into the festive mood by flying his plane in the shape of a Christmas tree in the skies over Germany, radar-watchers have spotted. The captain left the port city of Hamburg and then traced the pattern, complete with lights, as he flew[...]

World's steepest funicular railway to open in Switzerland

Friday  14:52,   15 december 2017
Reuters

Swiss technology is due to hit new heights on Friday when the world's steepest funicular line opens at one of its Alpine resorts. Swiss President Doris Leuthard will officially open the 52 million-Swiss franc ($52.6 million) project running from [...]

Astronauts onboard the ISS will watch Star Wars: The Last Jedi, confirms NASA

Thursday  17:13,   14 december 2017
The Verge

Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits cinemas around the world this week, but it’ll also be showing in one extremely appropriate venue off-planet: the International Space Station.  Astronauts will be able to watch the new Star Wars in[...]

Why Can Parrots Talk and Other Birds Can't?

Thursday  17:12,   14 december 2017
Mental Floss

It's all about the brain, not the beak.While parrots do have articulate tongues, they also appear to be hardwired to mimic other species, and to create new vocalizations. The only other birds that are capable of vocal learning are hummingbirds[...]

This Toddler Thought His Sister's Wrestling Match Was A Real Fight & Ran In To Save The Day

Thursday  17:12,   14 december 2017
Refinery29

As most girls with brothers know, they may tease us relentlessly but there's hell to pay if anyone else dares harm us in any way. When the little boy thought that Ruby's opponent Ryan was actually fighting her, he wasted no time in[...]

Bride Walks Down the Aisle With Her Dog as Flower Girl: 'She's Just Part of the Family'

Thursday  07:55,   14 december 2017
Inside Edition

A bride wasn't about to get married without her dog in attendance.So Briana Schaefer tied a wreath of roses around the neck of her dog, Norah, and transformed the golden retriever into a flower[...]

This Looks Like a Job for Batwoman: Meet Homeowner Who Lives With Hundreds of Bats

Wednesday  19:10,   13 december 2017
Inside Edition

She said they started coming to her house 20 years ago.Shantaben Prajapati, of India, lives with 500-1,000 bats on any given day in her[...]

This photo of a baby visiting Santa at the mall is going viral for a hilarious reason

Wednesday  19:10,   13 december 2017
MSN

Twitter users can't get enough of this funny photo of a 1-year-old's Santa visit.- Mom Kerry Spencer recently tweeted an old photo of her now 13-year-old son, Samuel Spencer, when he visited Santa at a mall in Provo,[...]

Cigar-shaped object 'could be alien artefact'

Wednesday  19:10,   13 december 2017
Sky News

Astronomers are to scan a huge cigar-shaped interstellar object for signs of alien life, amid claims it could be some kind of artefact. Researchers involved in Seti - the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence - will turn a powerful dish[...]

Massive scrub python blocks Queensland road, finds fame on QPS Facebook page

Wednesday  14:21,   13 december 2017
ABC News

A scrub python so long it blocked a north Queensland road finds social media fame after it is photographed by patrolling police officers.A photograph of the massive amethystine python, discovered during a night patrol by two Queensland Police[...]

Man makes igloo with washing up bowl and snow

Wednesday  14:21,   13 december 2017
Sky News

A man who built an igloo in his girlfriend's back garden in Worcestershire says he would like to take tips from "real eskimos" to improve his skills.Ben Crutch realised when he woke up on Sunday morning that the time had come to tick[...]