Oddities

This summer 2018 photo provided by Al Mattin on Friday, May 10, 2019 shows his father, Stephen, and son, Ronan, at Stephen's home in Kensington, N.H. The Handel & Haydn Society had just finished a rendition of Mozart's "Masonic Funeral" at Boston's Symphony Hall on Sunday, May 5, 2019 when a youngster blurted out: "WOW!" The group was so charmed that they launched a search. Stephen Mattin, who attended the concert with Ronan said he is on the autism spectrum and expresses himself differently from how other people do. He said his grandson is a huge music fan. (Al Mattin via AP)
May 10, 2019 - 8:49 pm
BOSTON (AP) — A performing arts group has found the child who was literally wowed by a recent classical music concert. The Handel & Haydn Society had just finished a rendition of Mozart's "Masonic Funeral" at Boston's Symphony Hall on Sunday when a youngster blurted out: "WOW!" The group was so...
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May 10, 2019 - 4:11 pm
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A microorganism that played a role in treating tuberculosis is now officially recognized as New Jersey's state microbe. Gov. Phil Murphy signed a bill Friday giving the distinction to Streptomyces (strep-toh-MY'-seez) griseus (GREE'-say-us). The microbe was discovered in New...
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May 10, 2019 - 8:05 am
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — An escaped pet snake that apparently slithered into a suburban Chicago family's washing machine ended up smelling like fabric softener after going through the wash. Sanela Kamencic tells WMAQ-TV she was "totally creeped out" when the snake turned up Wednesday in the washing...
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May 10, 2019 - 5:49 am
FRANKFORD TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Spring was in the air when a New Jersey homeowner found two black bears battling in his yard. Corey Bale tells NJ.com he went outside to investigate last week after a neighbor told him there was a bear behind his Frankford Township home. But when he stepped outside,...
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A vendor bags psilocybin mushrooms at a pop-up cannabis market in Los Angeles on Monday, May 6, 2019. Voters decide this week whether Denver will become the first U.S. city to decriminalize the use of psilocybin, the psychedelic substance in "magic mushrooms." (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
May 08, 2019 - 7:26 pm
DENVER (AP) — Voters narrowly made Denver the first U.S. city to decriminalize psilocybin, the psychoactive ingredient in "magic mushrooms." Decriminalization led by a slim 51%, according to preliminary figures on Tuesday's election released by Denver's Election Division. As many as 1,300 votes...
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FILE - In this March 20, 2015. file photo, archivist Michelle Chiles, left, and exhibition developer Tamar Agulian help set up the Handel & Haydn Society bicentennial exhibit at the Boston Public Library in Boston. On Sunday, May 5, 2019, the Handel & Haydn Society was finishing a rendition of Mozart's "Masonic Funeral" at Boston's Symphony Hall when a youngster blurted out loudly: "WOW!" The organization has mounted a search for the kid it's calling the "Wow Child" — not to reprimand, but to offer a chance to meet the conductor. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)
May 08, 2019 - 11:50 am
BOSTON (AP) — America's oldest performing arts group is looking for a child who was literally wowed by a recent classical music concert. The Handel & Haydn Society had just finished its rendition of Mozart's "Masonic Funeral" at Boston's Symphony Hall on Sunday when a youngster blurted out...
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May 07, 2019 - 7:17 am
PUNTA GORDA, Fla. (AP) — Sheriff's officials say a Florida woman pulled a small alligator from her yoga pants during a traffic stop. The Charlotte County sheriff's deputy stopped a pickup truck Monday afternoon after it ran a stop sign and 22-year-old driver Michael Clemons told him he and his 25-...
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May 04, 2019 - 1:50 pm
PAINESVILLE, Ohio (AP) — An iguana injured when a man pulled the lizard from under his shirt and threw it at an Ohio restaurant manager remains in protective custody at a humane society that is awaiting court permission to provide medical treatment. The turquoise female iguana that police named "...
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May 03, 2019 - 7:15 pm
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Nenana Ice Classic organizers have announced this year's winner for the guessing contest. Ice Classic manager Cherrie Forness says Anchorage resident Patricia Andrew was the only person to guess the exact time the ice officially went out on the Tanana River in Nenana. That...
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May 03, 2019 - 11:14 am
BERLIN (AP) — A wild raccoon has moved into Heidelberg Zoo in Germany and keepers can't kick him out. German daily Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung reported Friday that zoo staff recently discovered the uninvited guest inside the raccoon enclosure, where he seemed to be getting along fine with the seven...
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