News: Offbeat

I went to Brazil for a bath, says McLaren reserve Norris

Friday  15:05,   17 november 2017
Reuters

A cancelled Formula One tyre test meant McLaren reserve Lando Norris effectively flew all the way from Britain to Brazil this week just to take a bath. The 18-year-old, racing in this weekend's Macau F3 race, told reporters he was soaking in the[...]

Mom's unique punishment for 13-year-old son goes viral

Friday  15:05,   17 november 2017
CBS News

<p>When Demetris Payne saw a missed call from her son's junior high school, she knew something was wrong.</p>With a sigh, the single mom of four from Shreveport, Louisiana, called back. A school official said her 13-year-old son Jadarien[...]

Rail apology after train leaves 20 seconds early

Thursday  17:56,   16 november 2017
Sky News

A Japanese rail firm has apologised after an intercity service left a station 20 seconds earlier than scheduled. The Tsukuba Express train was due to leave Minami Nagareyama Station, just north of Tokyo, for Tsukuba at 9.44.40am local time on[...]

Flight Attendant’s Hilarious Safety Check Goes Viral

Thursday  14:21,   16 november 2017
International Business Times

The Southwest flight attendant put his own spin on those routine safety guidelines.In video Kintner posted to Facebook Friday, the flight attendant could be seen putting his own spin on safety guidelines while another flight attendant read the[...]

Stubborn Swan Ruffles Feathers While Causing Traffic Jam

Thursday  14:21,   16 november 2017
Inside Edition

The swan held up traffic down a one lane road in England for about 15 minutes.A video shows the bird walking directly in the middle of a street that passes by De Montfort[...]

In post-Asia trip speech, Trump makes news ... with water

Thursday  12:37,   16 november 2017
Reuters

Trump's drink of water lit up social media, evoking comparisons with a televised address given by U.S. Senator Marco Rubio in 2013 during which he grabbed awkwardly for a water bottle. Trump mocked Rubio during a campaign event last year for his [...]

Da Vinci painting of Christ sells for record $450mn

Thursday  12:36,   16 november 2017
AFP

A 500-year-old painting believed to be by Leonardo da Vinci sold for $450.3 million in New York on Wednesday, blazing a new world record for the most expensive work of art sold at auction, Christie's said."Salvator Mundi" or "Savior of the[...]

India gives 'king of sweets' a geographical tag to end bitter rivalry

Wednesday  14:24,   15 november 2017
Reuters

India has awarded a "geographical indications" tag to rosogolla, the king of Indian sweets, after a years-long battle between two neighboring states over the ownership rights. Luscious rosogolla, or sweet cheese balls dripping with sugar[...]

Secret Passageway Discovered Underneath Mayan Snake God Temple

Wednesday  12:20,   15 november 2017
International Business Times

Archeologists hope the secret temple will help them learn more about the Mayan Snake God.Researchers with the Great Mayan Aquifer Project discovered the Chichen Itza passageway and explored it through electrical tomography hoping to discover[...]

Cyclist who gave Trump the finger is showered with money

Wednesday  07:05,   15 november 2017
AFP

More than $70,000 in donations have poured into a crowdfunding site set up for the cyclist who was fired from her job for making a rude gesture to President Donald Trump's motorcade.More than 3,000 donations -- from $5 to $250 -- have rolled in[...]

French woman 'faked kidnapping' to be with lover

Tuesday  19:03,   14 november 2017
AFP

A French court on Thursday handed a six-month suspended jail term to a woman who claimed to have been kidnapped -- sparking a massive search -- in order to be with her lover. The court in the southern town of Mende also ordered 25-year-old Sandy[...]

Van Gogh's Insane Asylum View Sells for $81.3 Million at Auction

Tuesday  12:51,   14 november 2017
Bloomberg

A canvas by Vincent van Gogh fetched $81.3 million in an auction at Christie’s Monday. Van Gogh’s 1889 landscape, “Laboureur dans un champ”The 1889 painting, “Laboureur dans un champ,” was sold by the estate of billionaire couple Nancy Lee Bass and[...]

Parents of Twins Shocked to Find Out They're Having Triplets

Tuesday  07:40,   14 november 2017
Inside Edition

They also have a 6-year-old son.Nia Tolbert and her husband, Robert, already have three sons, a 6-year-old and 2-year-old twins, so they were flabbergasted when they found out Tolbert was having multiples[...]

Stray cat is prime suspect in attempted murder

Monday  17:56,   13 november 2017
Sky News

A stray cat has been identified as the prime suspect in the attempted murder of an elderly woman found bleeding profusely in her home. Mayuko Matsumoto, 82, was found by her daughter with about 20 cuts to her face at her home in Mifune, southern[...]

What Is The Coffee-Pouring Puzzle?

Monday  17:56,   13 november 2017
Newsweek

The answer is much more simple than you may realize.Twitter user @Purp originally shared a coffee-lover's brainteaser on Thursday afternoon and it quickly got nearly 2,000 comments and another 2,000[...]