Oddities

The road to the entrance of Walt Disney World has few cars Monday, March 16, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The Magic Kingdom, Epcot and Hollywood Studios were closed along with other theme parks around the state to help curb the spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
May 02, 2020 - 4:22 pm
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Florida deputies arrested a man who had been living out his quarantine on a shuttered Disney World island, telling authorities it felt like a “tropical paradise.” Orange County Sheriff's deputies found Richard McGuire on Disney's Discovery Island on Thursday. He said he'd been...
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May 02, 2020 - 10:07 am
CHICAGO (AP) — Somebody apparently needed a really big protective mask. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, a mask adorning one of the iconic lion statues near the Michigan Avenue entrance to the Art Institute disappeared about 24 hours after it was applied. Good news for the lion, though. By...
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May 01, 2020 - 2:30 am
KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic has forced the cancellation of the 40th annual Ernest Hemingway Look-Alike Contest in Key West, organizers announced Thursday. The three-night competition, which had been scheduled for July 23-25, typically attracts more than 100 burly, bearded...
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In a photo provided by Joey Morvant, Emily Istre, of Lafayette, La., holds a squirrel she named Willamina on April 21, 2020. She took care of the squirrel, which she also called One Eyed Willa, for several weeks after her mother found it alone in a backyard. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries took the squirrel from Istre on Thursday, April 23, 2020, and sent it to a wildlife rehab specialist. (Joey Morvant via AP)
April 26, 2020 - 9:03 pm
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — A one-eyed squirrel that gained a social media following is being returned to nature. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries took Willamina the squirrel from Emily Istre of Lafayette on Thursday, the Acadiana Advocate reported. Istre created an Instagram account...
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April 25, 2020 - 2:42 pm
BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Around this time of year, Floridians don't just have to worry about aggressive drivers on the road — they should be on the lookout for aggressive alligators, too, according to officials who on Friday had to remove a 9-foot (2.8-meter) gator from a county road. The Manatee...
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April 25, 2020 - 8:48 am
HICKSVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — A rollerblade-wearing robber skated off into the night after sticking up a Dunkin’ Donuts on Long Island, police said. Nassau County police said the suspect glided into the Hicksville shop around 7:50 p.m. Friday, bought a cup of coffee and then demanded cash while making it...
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April 24, 2020 - 6:28 am
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky mayor said he found a woman hiding in his cellar. Bowling Green Mayor Bruce Wilkerson said he found the woman Wednesday morning after he heard noises and smelled cigarette smoke outside a home he was renovating, WNKY-TV reported. When he checked the cellar, he...
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April 01, 2020 - 9:07 am
HUTCHINS, Texas (AP) — A tractor-trailer hauling toilet paper crashed and caught fire near Dallas early Wednesday, spilling the hot commodity all over an interstate, officials said. The fire shut down westbound lanes of Interstate 20 near Interstate 45 in Hutchins, the Texas Department of...
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March 30, 2020 - 6:52 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — A boat that started doing doughnuts after hitting a wave in the Potomac River tossed the driver overboard. It happened around noon Sunday near Washington, D.C.’s Georgetown neighborhood, WTOP-FM reported. A passing motorist helped get the man out of the water and brought him to...
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March 09, 2020 - 1:15 pm
ASHLAND, La. (AP) — A Louisiana woman was arrested on drug charges after police determined the $5,000 cash she used to post an inmate's bail had a “strong odor of marijuana.” Authorities began investigating Stormy Lynn Parfait, 33, on Friday, shortly after she showed up at the Ashland jail to pay...
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