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Seeking to remove MLK sculpture that doesn't look like him
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A community activist says he has gathered more than 6,000 signatures to replace a large sculpture of Martin Luther King Jr. in a western New York park.
Man whose flatulence ended police interview pleads guilty
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A man whose excessive flatulence forced a police detective to cut shot an interrogation has pleaded guilty to federal gun and drug charges.
A hot dog? Firefighters rescue pet stuck in heating duct
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
WEST SPRINGFIELD, Va. (AP) — It wasn't a cat in a tree, but a dog in a heating duct that took firefighters to a home in Virginia.
Workers take dive into deep doo to unclog sewer pumps
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Divers spent two days deep inside a South Carolina sewer, pulling out huge balls of oily, black used wet wipes and baby wipes that had clogged intake pumps.
Man rescued from Arizona mine lucky to survive fall, snakes
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona man who fell to the bottom of an old abandoned gold mine shaft, broke both his legs, fought off a trio of rattlesnakes and went two days without food or water before a friend heard his cries for help is lucky to be alive, said the head of a rescue team.
Nebraska's message for tourists? 'It's not for everyone'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's no longer nice, at least in its next tourism campaign. The new sales pitch has a decidedly self-deprecating bent: "Nebraska. Honestly, it's not for everyone."
Man who fell into Arizona mine 'fortunate' to survive
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona man who fell to the bottom of an old abandoned mine shaft, broke both his legs, fought off a trio of rattlesnakes and went two days without food or water before a friend heard his cries for help is lucky to be alive, said the head of a rescue team.
Hi Mickey, 'Bye Mickey: 6 Disney parks on 2 coasts in 1 day
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Heather and Clark Ensminger breathed sighs of relief when their Los Angeles-bound plane took off from Florida on time: Their biggest hurdle was now eliminated for achieving their goal of visiting six Disney parks on two coasts in one day.
Motorists stunned as metal balls roll down Seattle street
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
SEATTLE (AP) — Authorities in Seattle temporarily closed a street after motorists were stunned by dozens of large metal balls that spilled out of a truck and cascaded down the street, damaging several cars.
'Call my lawyer,' says sweater seized with stolen sneakers
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — A Virginia store has had 20 right-foot shoes stolen over the course of three break-ins this year.
Nebraska's message for tourists? 'It's not for everyone'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
The new sales pitch has a decidedly self-deprecating bent: "Nebraska. The slogan, which the Nebraska Tourism Commission unveiled Wednesday at a Nebraska City conference, will replace the current "Through My Eyes" campaign this spring, commission marketing manager Jenn Gjerde said Thursday. State tourism director John Ricks told the Omaha World-Herald that because Nebraska consistently ranks as the least likely state tourists plan to visit, the marketing campaign needed to be different.
No money down the drain for Philippine sanitation workers
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
Philippines sanitation workers unblocking a drain discovered dozens of wallets had been clogging it up, some containing credit cards and IDs, but no money. A man working near the scene shot video footage showing the workers in a village in Batangas city, south of the capital Manila, sorting through wallets and removing and laying out items including identity cards found in them. Police officer Mario David, who went to investigate what he suspected were stolen items, said many of the wallets were pulled out from deep in the drain, meaning they had been there for a long time.
Nobel Prize winner honored with dedicated campus bike rack
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The University of Missouri is honoring its Nobel Prize-winning scientist with an unusual accolade: a dedicated bicycle rack slot.
Police find stolen doughnut van, share treats with homeless
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — It was a lucky day for some Florida police officers who recovered a stolen van filled with Krispy Kreme doughnuts.
Perfect scapegoat: Goat on road jams morning traffic near DC
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
GERMANTOWN, Md. (AP) — The appearance of a goat on a road in a Maryland suburb of Washington created traffic delays and an opportunity for county police to come up with many puns.
$1,000 reward to nail thieves of California hammer sculpture
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
HEALDSBURG, Calif. (AP) — The artist who created an 800-pound (363 kilograms) sculpture of a hammer that was stolen from a Northern California community center is offering a $1,000 reward to nail the thieves.
Doggy bag: Beagle intercepts roast pig at Atlanta airport
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
A passenger traveling from Ecuador was relieved of leftovers when an intrepid beagle found a roasted pig's head in baggage at the world's busiest airport. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection says the Agriculture Detector dog named Hardy alerted to the baggage at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on Oct. 11. CBP agriculture specialists then discovered a 2-pound (1-kilogram) cooked pig's head, which was seized and destroyed.
Couple plans to visit 6 Disney parks on 2 coasts in 1 day
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A Tennessee couple plans to visit six Disney parks on two U.S. coasts in one day.
She came, she saw, she conquered, British woman claims conker crown
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
Standing in a rain soaked English village, more than 200 competitors armed with horse chestnuts dangling from shoelaces faced off for the World Conker Championship. The quintessential British school playground pastime involves competitors taking it in turns to launch their conkers in a bid to break those of their opponents. Victory can also be claimed if you force your opponent's shoelace to become knotted three times.
Nacho Cheese or Cool Ranch? Doritos lure rogue pig back home
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
HIGHLAND, Calif. (AP) — Deputies in California have used Doritos to lure a pig "the size of a mini horse" back home.
Deputies use Doritos to lure wayward pig back home
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
HIGHLAND, Calif. (AP) — Deputies in California have used Doritos to lure a pig "the size of a mini horse" back home.
Oink oink, honk honk: Rogue pig goes hog wild in traffic
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — It was a classic case of a ham on the lam.
Man nicknamed 'Willy Wonka' pleads guilty to multiple crimes
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
SALEM, Mass. (AP) — The leader of a multistate ATM and vehicle burglary ring known as "Willy Wonka" or the "Chocolate Man" has pleaded guilty to 60 charges.
Home where witch trials victim John Proctor lived for sale
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
PEABODY, Mass. (AP) — A house where a victim of the Salem witch trials once lived is on the market for $600,000 just in time for Halloween.
Naming Rights: Orlando's new police chief is named Orlando
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Orlando's newest police chief is already making a name for himself. His name? Orlando.
A wagging finger sticking out of your mobile phone is creepy. Why?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
A French researcher has invented a robot finger that attaches to your mobile phone. "My PhD subject is around touch in communications," explains Marc Teyssier, a researcher at Telecom Paristech engineering school.
Giant hammer artwork stolen in Northern California
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
HEALDSBURG, Calif. (AP) — Authorities in Northern California are looking for a hammer. A really, really big one.
For sale to the highest bidder: A 12
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
BOSTON (AP) — Anyone who can't make it to the moon to gather a few lunar rocks now has the opportunity to buy one right here on Earth.
Restaurant offers free steak tips for tips on burglar
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
RAYMOND, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire restaurant is offering free steak tips to anyone with tips on a recent burglary at their location.
Woman with 'emotional support squirrel' removed from plane
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
NEW YORK (AP) — Police at a Florida airport removed a passenger who refused to get off a Cleveland-bound flight after she was found carrying an "emotional support squirrel."
Flight delayed after woman brings squirrel on plane
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Police had to remove a woman who brought an "emotional support squirrel" on a Frontier Airlines flight headed from Orlando, Florida, to Cleveland.
And the fattest bear in Alaska is ... 409 Beadnose
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
Beadnose nosed out a larger Alaska brown bear, a male called 747 – and likened to a jumbo jet – in online votes collected by staff at Katmai National Park and Preserve during a wildly popular event called Fat Bear Week. Male bears are bigger but Beadnose was deemed to be more rotund. “Our chubby champ has a few more weeks to chow down on lingering salmon carcasses before she heads up the mountains to dig herself a den and savor her victory.” Katmai, which hugs the mountainous Gulf of Alaska coast, is known for its massive, salmon-chomping ursine residents.
Axe throwing takes aim at sunny Los Angeles
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
"Axe throwing gives people a good reason to put down their phones," said operation's manager Carly Chalom, better known as Seven, a nickname she got after competing in an especially epic axe throwing battle. "Put that down, step away for an hour or two, and throw some axes.
Determined runner struck by deer finishes half marathon
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
SANDY HOOK, N.J. (AP) — A runner who was struck by a deer during a half marathon in New Jersey still managed to cross the finish line.
Animal sanctuary, farm team up to save pig from slaughter
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
HAVERHILL, N.H. (AP) — An animal sanctuary and a farm in New Hampshire are working together to spare a young slaughterhouse-bound pig to promote local agriculture.
Gecko butt
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
HONOLULU (AP) — If you got incessant phone calls last week from a hospital that cares for Hawaiian monk seals, you were butt-dialed.
Investigators want to know who left gator in Lake Michigan
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) — Authorities don't know who dumped a four-foot-long reptile into Lake Michigan, but they now know what kind it is.
Inflatable sea monster takes over a rusting warehouse
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A giant sea monster has taken over a building at Philadelphia's Navy Yard, but only temporarily.
From 'special seed' to 2,170
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
HALF MOON BAY, Calif. (AP) — "One special seed" and months of care by an Oregon commercial pilot produced a massive pumpkin that tipped the scales at a global weigh-in Monday in Northern California, the fourth time his gargantuan plants were awarded top honors.
Man allegedly posts video of how to remove an ankle monitor
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri man is charged with a felony after he allegedly filmed himself removing an ankle monitor and then posted the video on Facebook.
Walk on the wild side: Dutch jogger runs into lion cub
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A jogger's run through the Dutch countryside turned into a walk on the wild side when he discovered a lion cub in a field.
Dogs owners march on UK parliament demanding new Brexit 'Wooferendum'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
Bulldogs, both English and French breeds, were among those walked through central London to Parliament Square. One grey Schnauzer wore a homemade banner declaring "Brexit's Barking Mad". The march backed a wider campaign for a 'People's Vote' on Brexit, at which Britons would have the chance to vote on whatever Brexit deal Prime Minister Theresa May is able to bring back from Brussels.
Rock used as doorstop is actually a meteorite worth $100K
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan man curious about a rock he'd used for decades as a doorstop now knows its secret: it's a meteorite worth $100,000.
Lottery ticket leads FBI to Illinois bank robbery suspect
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
PALATINE, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say a dropped lottery ticket led investigators to the man who robbed a suburban Chicago bank.
How many squirrels in Central Park? Count aims to find out
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
NEW YORK (AP) — It's one of the enduring mysteries of life in New York City: Just how many squirrels live in Central Park?
Doorstop turns out to be meteorite worth $100K
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan man recently learned that a rock he's been using as a doorstop is a meteorite worth $100,000.
Toddler shreds more than $1,000 in cash
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
HOLLADAY, Utah (AP) — A toddler in Utah was a little too helpful when he shredded more than $1,000 that his parents were saving.
Florida store owner: Don't warm urine in my microwave
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida gas station owner has placed a sign in his store asking customers not to warm urine in the microwave.
Good Samaritan driver revives squirrel after car scare
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
BROOKLYN PARK, Minn. (AP) — A motionless squirrel apparently stunned by a passing car has been revived by the driver who performed chest compressions beside a Minnesota road.
Ohio man says rescued cow is a regular backseat passenger
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man driving home from work Tuesday says he did a double-take before firing up his cellphone to record a cow poking her head out the back window of a pickup truck.