Oddities

This July 2020 photo released by RR Auction shows a lock of hair from former President Abraham Lincoln, to be auctioned Sept. 12, 2020, by the Boston-based auction firm. The lock of hair was removed during Lincoln's postmortem examination in April 1865 after he was fatally shot by John Wilkes Booth at Ford's Theatre in Washington. (Nikki Brickett/RR Auction via AP)
August 28, 2020 - 9:46 am
This is one macabre auction: A lock of Abraham Lincoln's hair, wrapped in a bloodstained telegram about his 1865 assassination, is up for sale. Boston-based RR Auction said bidding has opened online for the items ahead of a live auction scheduled for Sept. 12 in New Hampshire. The auction house set...
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August 26, 2020 - 10:50 am
BERLIN (AP) — German police called to the scene of a suspected shooting found a man who had fallen asleep with an action film running at top volume on TV. Police in Cologne said several people on Wednesday morning reported hearing shots from an apartment somewhere in their neighborhood. Several...
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August 23, 2020 - 2:14 pm
DANBURY, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut town's officials are showing comedian John Oliver what they think about his expletive-filled rant about their city — they're naming the local sewage treatment plant after him. Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton announced the tongue-in-cheek move in a video posted on his...
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August 16, 2020 - 5:27 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona city official making $107,000 a year resigned after an investigation found he used city workers for an outside job involving an attempt to secure irrigation water for farmers who paid him with a goat. The investigation found that the possibility of cash down the road also...
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August 11, 2020 - 11:31 am
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Scripture quite literally came to life for several Catholic churches in North Carolina as a rare earthquake rattled portions of the state over the weekend. According to a news release from the Diocese of Charlotte, Father Richard Sutter of St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church...
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FILE - This Sept. 20, 2013 file photo shows an aerial view of the Pacific resort city of Acapulco, Mexico. The Mexican coastal city pulled a pair of controversial video ads Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, touting the faded resort’s reputation as an “anything goes” tourism destination because they weren't appropriate during the new coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo, File)
August 08, 2020 - 7:12 am
MEXICO CITY (AP) — It has been a bad week for Mexican tourism promotion, and it got worse Friday when the English language version of the country’s tourism website appeared with hilarious mis-translations. Entire states like Hidalgo and Guerrero apparently got machine translated as “Noble” and “...
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In this Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020 photo provided by Salins de Camargue, flamingo experts surroung babies pink flamingos in Aigues-Mortes, the Camargue region, southern France, to gather and put bands on baby birds so scientists can track their migration. The numbers of pink flamingos may be the highest since experts began keeping records 45 years ago, said Thierry Marmol, guardian of the lands. France's two months of strict confinement may well be the reason. (Fabrice Pavanello, Salins de Camargue via AP)
August 07, 2020 - 1:15 pm
PARIS (AP) — Behold a treat for the eyes! Tens of thousands of pink flamingos have amassed in the wetlands of southern France along with their offspring still lacking flamboyant plumage. The long-legged birds resembling ballerinas in tutus have long drawn tourists to the marshes in the Camargue...
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August 07, 2020 - 8:39 am
BERLIN (AP) — A German nudist had the last laugh after giving chase to a wild boar that had run off with a bag containing his laptop. Pictures posted on social media show the naked man running after a sow and her two piglets to the mirth of fellow bathers at Berlin's Teufelssee, or Devil's Lake...
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August 07, 2020 - 5:58 am
LONDON (AP) — Time spent in lockdown was just superb for Palmerston, the chief mouser at the U.K. Foreign Office. It was so good, in fact, that the cat has decided to leave sorting out international affairs to the human diplomats and retire to the countryside after four long, hard years on the job...
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August 05, 2020 - 4:24 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota man sold the 1957 Chevy pickup for he drove for 44 years for $75, the same price he paid decades ago. Bob Sportal of Prinsburg handed over the key last month to the grandson of the man he brought the truck from, KARE-TV reported. Sportal was in his early 20s when he...
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