News: Offbeat

Archaeology fossil teeth discovery in Germany could re-write human history

Friday  16:40,   20 october 2017
dw.com

A 9.7-million-year-old discovery has left a team of German scientists scratching their heads. A team of German archaeologists discovered a puzzling set of teeth in the former riverbed of the Rhine, the Museum of Natural History in Mainz[...]

Check out this 'beach ball-sized' puffball mushroom found in Iowa

Friday  16:40,   20 october 2017
USA TODAY

The mushroom was measured at 18 inches across and 10 inches deep. That's on the upper end of the average size of puffball mushrooms, which typically range between 8 to 20 inches, according to Polk County Conservation.Puffball mushrooms are round in [...]

Sports physician diagnoses gorilla's injury

Friday  15:51,   20 october 2017
Sky News

The head physician of an American university football team has been called in to treat an injured gorilla after she got into a scuffle with her den-mate. Jumoke, a 32-year-old female gorilla who was born and raised at Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle,[...]

CIA cans K9 trainee that flunks smell test

Friday  08:01,   20 october 2017
AFP

A dog named Lulu has flunked out of a CIA bomb-sniffing course, with the spy agency saying that despite a series of perks it just wasn't her line of work."A few weeks into training, Lulu began to show signs that she wasn't interested in[...]

China mobile users tap phones to 'applaud' president's speech

Friday  07:51,   20 october 2017
AFP

Missed out on the orchestrated applause at China's Communist Party Congress? Cheer up: this being China, you can join the praise through your mobile phone. China's ubiquitous WeChat platform has released a game allowing the country's hundreds of [...]

100-year-old grandma shares advice with strangers

Thursday  14:12,   19 october 2017
CBS News

Eileen Wilkinson, who will turn 101 in January, says her secret to longevity is living a good, clean life[...]

Nurse fleeing California wildfires puts horse in car, picture goes viral

Thursday  13:36,   19 october 2017
MSN

<p>Leave it to human ingenuity to solve almost anything.</p>Lauren Mesaros, a California nurse, needed to flee from the Tubbs Fire going on in Napa, Sonoma and Lake counties in Northern California. Mesaros also needed to get her three horses,[...]

Harry Potter exhibition blends wizardry with history

Thursday  08:01,   19 october 2017
Reuters

A new exhibition celebrating the 20th anniversary of the first Harry Potter book's publication is offering 'muggles' with an interest in magic the chance to view rare memorabilia.A new exhibition celebrating the 20th anniversary of the[...]

Harry Potter exhibition blends wizardry with history

Thursday  08:00,   19 october 2017
Reuters

A new exhibition celebrating the 20th anniversary of the first Harry Potter book's publication is offering 'muggles' with an interest in magic the chance to view rare memorabilia.A new exhibition celebrating the 20th anniversary of the[...]

Ancient Monument Found in Abandoned Greek Settlement

Wednesday  20:10,   18 october 2017
Newsweek

Experts made the discovery on the Greek island of Thirassia.Experts from the the Ionian University, the University of Crete and the Cycladic Antiquities Bureau made the discovery as they continued their excavations on the prehistoric settlement in[...]

Confused whale blocks Marseille marina

Wednesday  20:10,   18 october 2017
AFP

Rescue services in the southern French city of Marseille battled for nearly an hour on Wednesday to free what is thought to have been a large whale that got stuck in the city's marina.&nbsp;The roughly 15-metre (50-foot) creature swam into[...]

Cyclist befriends the driver who left him paralyzed

Wednesday  16:05,   18 october 2017
USA TODAY

<p>The two formed a friendship based on that forgiveness, and each has been instrumental in the other’s recovery since the accident a year and a half ago.</p>Freya Markowski, screaming, jumped out of her car and rushed to the bloody[...]

English Heritage staff reveal spookiest landmarks

Wednesday  09:56,   18 october 2017
AFP

Ghosts passing through walls, unexplained screams and children's laughter: staff at the English Heritage conservation agency published a list on Tuesday of their 10 scariest landmarks in the country as Halloween approaches. The spookiest for the [...]

New York police round up wandering cow in Brooklyn park

Wednesday  09:21,   18 october 2017
Reuters

New York City police wrangled a cow on the loose in a Brooklyn park on Tuesday after the animal became a spectacle for tourists and New Yorkers alike when it was spotted roaming the streets and enjoying the park facilities. The bemused bovine and[...]

Art 'detectives' probe what lies beneath a Fragonard

Wednesday  07:56,   18 october 2017
AFP

For decades, she was thought to have started out as a man. But a sketch uncovered at an obscure Parisian auction in 2012 triggered groundbreaking research that revealed the original painting beneath Jean-Honore Fragonard's "Young Girl Reading" to be [...]