News: Offbeat

Two brothers and their dogs compete in the Super Bowl of canine competitions

Wednesday  07:16,   14 february 2018
The Washington Post

At Westminster in New York, about 100 kids run around the ring for the junior handler prize.Older brother Cortlund washes his dog, too, and trims her whiskers. His English pointer is allergic to dust, and Icy will break out in hives if she is not[...]

These Fake Flowers Could Help Scientists Study At-Risk Bees

Wednesday  07:07,   14 february 2018
Mental Floss

The devices pump real pollen, which bees can then carry to real plants.As Co.Design reports, Michael Candy's Synthetic Pollenizer is designed to blend into a bee's natural environment. Yellow circles bolted around the opening of the device imitate[...]

Bulldogs Compete for Titles Like 'Best Tail' and 'Best Smile' in Annual Beauty Contest

Wednesday  06:21,   14 february 2018
Inside Edition

The Bulldog Beauty Contest is held annually in Long Beach, Calif. After a strut down a grassy catwalk and red carpet, judges awarded titles based on charm, first impression, face, figure and personality.French and English bulldogs from all over the[...]

See If You Can Solve This Tricky Coin-Flipping Riddle

Tuesday  13:25,   13 february 2018
Mental Floss

This impossible-seeming task has a surprisingly simple solution.Here's the scenario: You're an explorer who's just stumbled upon a trove of valuable coins in a remote dungeon. Each coin has a gold side and a silver side, each with an identical[...]

Fasting or champagne? Valentine's Day, Ash Wednesday in rare confluence

Monday  19:22,   12 february 2018
Reuters

Chocolates and champagne or ashes and fasting? That's the question many Christians will face on Wednesday, when Valentine's Day and the Ash Wednesday holiday marking the start of Lent fall on the same day for the first time since World War[...]

This artist re-imagines countries as people

Monday  09:23,   12 february 2018
MSN

Anastasia Bulgakova is a Russian digital illustrator and she is behind these incredible works of art of countries as people. She imagined the characters with some stereotypical attributes but also created an imaginative backstory, often[...]

Here Comes the Brrride! Newlyweds Pose for Photos in Front of Snowy Eiffel Tower

Monday  09:22,   12 february 2018
Inside Edition

They made the most of the unexpected cold weather, which has caused huge travel disruptions across France.As heavy snowfall covered Paris, newlyweds Yu Jian and Chen Yiyun posed for stunning images in front of the Eiffel[...]

Valentine's Day in Full Effect at Detroit Zoo as Animals Are Given Heart-Shaped Treats

Monday  04:51,   12 february 2018
Inside Edition

Each of the animals got special gifts for the holiday.Zookeepers at the facility handed out the special gifts Wednesday as part of the zoo's Heart Fest event. The public was invited to watch as the creatures opened their[...]

Norwegian wins 'Moustache Games' for magnificent facial hair

Sunday  14:50,   11 february 2018
AFP

Robert Johansson soared through sub-zero winds to win ski-jumping bronze at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics but most of the talk afterwards focused on his magnificent ginger moustache. The 27-year-old's eye-catching facial hair quivered as he flew[...]

Archaeologists Say They May Have Found the Skeleton of the Pirate "Black Sam" Bellamy

Sunday  09:15,   11 february 2018
Mental Floss

The bones were found near Bellamy's ship, the Whydah, which wrecked off the coast of Massachusetts in 1717.Born to a poor English family in 1689, Bellamy joined the British navy at age 13. Following the War of Spanish Succession, Bellamy[...]

Desperate scientists created a Match.com profile for a frog who may be the last of his species

Sunday  04:21,   11 february 2018
Quartz

There’s a chance a frog who lives in a tank in a Bolivian museum is the last of his species. But he reportedly hasn’t given…Conservation biologists haven’t given up hope either. They tend to hate watching species they study go extinct. So a group of [...]

Injured Albino Raccoon Rescued, Nursed Back to Health

Sunday  04:20,   11 february 2018
Inside Edition

Some wildlife biologists believe that the chances for albinism are 1 in every 750,000 raccoons, according to the rescue center.The critter was brought to the Humane Animal Rescue in Verona after he was found with an infected wound on his back in[...]

Topless Tongan's secret weapon against freezing cold: coconut oil

Saturday  19:06,   10 february 2018
AFP

The Tongan flag-bearer's secret has been revealed: it was coconut oil that kept him warm when he paraded half-naked at the Winter Olympics opening ceremony. Pita Taufatofua braved bitter cold to go topless at the ceremony, where real-feel[...]

Atomic kittens: 'Trump and Kim' play nice at Olympics

Saturday  08:56,   10 february 2018
AFP

As the Pyeongchang Olympics opened Friday the sight of two bellicose "world leaders" putting aside the threat of nuclear war warmed the cockles on a freezing cold night. As excited spectators filed into the Olympic Stadium for the gala[...]

Bid to find a Valentine for Romeo, world's 'loneliest frog'

Friday  19:05,   09 february 2018
AFP

With Valentine's Day approaching, please spare a thought for Romeo the lonesome Bolivian frog. Ten years a bachelor, the childless amphibian has had to enlist human help to mount a last-ditch search for a Juliet which, if it fails, could mean[...]